Monday, December 15, 2008

Prayer: The Most Beautiful Gift

I recently received one of the most touching gifts for my precious baby daughter. I will cherish the card that came with it until the day I pass it along to my daughter in her scrapbook.

"Enclosed is a blanket I made for J. The funny thing is that I finished it on November 30th (the date of her birth). Each time I sat down to crochet I would say a prayer for J regarding a certain aspect of her life. I prayed for her health as a fetus, her birth, her immunizations, her teeth, her bones, organs and development. I prayed for her infancy, her toddlerhood, her youth, her schooling. I prayed for the Special Spiritual gift God would give her and that she would come to know Him early. The outer layers of the blanket represent time spent praying for her future spouse, her marriage and ultimately her children. Each stitch was done in love. I sat at God's feet asking for blessing upon blessing for J, you, Rick and your other children. May God hear each word that was prayed on your daughter's behalf."

What a beautiful gift! Thank you so much to the special one who spent time in prayer for my newborn and family. I am greatly touched by your love and commitment to prayer! Thank you!

I encourage others to consider the gift of prayer my daughter and family received when sharing of their love while gift giving whether it be for baby gifts, Christmas or birthdays. Telling the person of your prayers in a written note (like my friend did) takes the gift to the next level because your note will remind the person of your prayers each time the note is read. Giving should always be bathed in prayer!

Again thank you to this special person!!

Edited December 21, 2008 to add:

I was just reading at Tiffany's blog and found a great quote on prayer that goes well with this post...

"If we truly love people, we will desire for them far more than it is within our power to give them, and this will lead us to prayer. Intercession is a way of loving others."

~ Richard Foster, quoted from Prayer

Thursday, December 11, 2008

I'm Still Here...

Just wanted to say that I'm still among the living, but am spending most of my computer time snuggling with a little sweetie pie. I'm also homeschooling my older two children as well. I want to share some really neat things surrounding the birth of my daughter, but finding the time to sit down and coherently type them up is proving to be a challenge... soon I hope...

Having this precious little bundle makes me wish I had 10 more :) Babies are absolutely INCREDIBLE! I'm snuggling as I type now...

Yesterday I started trying to catch up with blogs, but it will take a while. If you are on my list of blogs I follow know that I will eventually get back to checking once we have our routine established. Now my routine is feeding the baby, changing the baby and snuggling with the baby :) Of course the other two fight me for snuggling rights. They are both in love with their new sister. Everyone was worried about my son when they found out the baby was a girl, but he's absolutely crazy about her and is already a terrific big brother. My daughter is enamored with her too.