Ever wish you could stand on top of a mountain and shout to the world something great??? I do. And today, if I could, I would shout from atop a mountain and tell everyone about my amazing sister. I would tell everyone how her faith has radically changed my life- simply by watching her live her faith out in a tangible way. I would shout about her unfailing trust in God and how she lives so openly that others might know how faithful the Lord is to those who love Him and seek Him with everything they have. I would shout about how much I admire her for choosing to walk through her many trials that hurt, deeper than a lot of us will ever experience, and yet she CHOOSES to thank God for what she does have and she CHOOSES to still love Him even though this is not the life she would have chosen for herself, but she knows He has CHOSEN her for it. She is strong, courageous, loving, patient, brave, and wise beyond her years. She has let go of the things she wants and accepts the things she has. She lost her baby this past week, the baby they had been trying to conceive for 3 1/2 years. And yet she has found God's purpose in it again and has accepted graciously what is before her. She is not bitter or angry, and of course she has grieved, but because her eyes are set on something other than herself and her own wants, she has yet again, walked through another valley with nothing but grace abounding from her. That's what I want to shout from my mountain top today.... but because there aren't a lot of mountains in Bakersfield, this blog will have to suffice. If you want to be encouraged and have your heart warmed in ways in which you forgot it could be, check out her journey. You will walk away encouraged.
To my sister and my best friend, I love you. I am proud of you. I pray God's mercy upon you.
And to those who read this, join us in praying for her as her family continues to walk through the adoption process. They have been selected by a birth mom after 3 long years, and now we pray for the best home for this unborn baby (of course I think the best home is hers!).