Friday, February 20, 2009

A Sneak Preview. . .

God is so gracious to bless us with a sixth child. We are all so excited about this little miracle and the life God has planned for this coming blessing.

We are of the persuasion that sonograms are a wonderful tool for not only seeing the miracle of a child in the womb and evaluating his or her God-given health a little early, but it is downright exciting to learn the gender of this precious one, too! ;-)

A few weeks ago, we had the opportunity to go for our sonogram and look into this window at our little darling. We were so thankful to learn that our baby was growing well and in wonderful health.

Then came the exciting news. . . .this little sweet potato is a boy!!!

Our prayer is that he will grow to be a man of God and walk boldly in His ways all the days of his life. We pray that he will be a boy and a man who

". . .walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, nor stands in the path of sinners, nor sits in the seat of the scornful; but his delight is the law of the Lord, and in His law he meditates day and night" (Psalm 1:1-2).

Our vision for him, as well as all our children, is that he will come to saving knowledge of Christ when he will repent of his sins and put his faith in the Gospel of Jesus Christ and then grow to love God with all his heart, learning to walk in His ways. We pray that he will boldly evangelize those around him and point others to the cross of Christ:

"For I am not ashamed of the gospel of Christ, for it is the power of God to salvation for everyone who believes, for the Jew first and also for the Greek" (Romans 1:16).

We desire for Little Brother to be mission-minded and servant-hearted: "Let this mind be in you which was also in Christ Jesus" (Philippians 2:5).

Just like many parents, we hope for the best for our children. However, we must keep in mind that the "best" is not always what our American culture considers best. We too must have the mind of Christ, not the mind of this world:

"And do not be conformed to this world, but be transformed by the renewing of your mind, that you may prove what is that good and acceptable and perfect will of God" (Romans 12:2).

Hubby and I know that despite all our best efforts, anything good and worthwhile that comes to or out of our children will be a result of the grace of God. Join us as we beseech Him and pray for our own family, committing ourselves and our children to Him and His grace as we humbly "bring them up in the training and admonition of the Lord" (Ephesians 6:4b).

In the Heart of our Home,


Kelli said...

How wonderful!! Isn't it great to live in a time where we can see our babies before they are born? I truly think that babies are miracles and to be able to see how perfect their little hearts are beating and their arms and legs is just amazing. And we even get to know whether to buy pink or blue!!

Jeanette said...

Can't wait to meet him and introduce him to Hagan!!!! :)

Love ya!