Thursday, March 20, 2014
The Addition of Sarah
The addition of Sarah is the result of 26 years of praying for that little girl who was growing up to someday be Elliot's wife. That little girl who might be out skipping, and drawing flowers with chalk on hot summer sidewalks. I prayed for a little girl that she was being loved by parents. My prayers were not deep, long hours daily. They were moments throughout the past 26 years. Hand written notes in my journals of prayer for her. Whispers of prayers as I watched Elliot growing up. Praying that some day a young woman would know how to love, cherish and boldly come alongside his life with an identity in Christ. The prayers of a mama's heart over who that little girl might be. Praying that her life dreams would be to wrap her heart first around that intimate relationship with God, that she could understand the holiest of loves which would guide her heart in loving a man.
This precious girls loves boldly and out loud. Sarah embraces the her newly extended family. She has our DNA. When you carry the DNA of the Lord most high it's no jumble of emotions in fitting in. She just does. She is passionate and caring and those around her can feel that care and love. I sit back and watch her love that man I have raised. I would be lying if I said I did not cry, with deep emotions over the magnificent way in which God answers prayers.
Sarah, in her fun spirit wrote that she prayed for a pony and prince charming. God gave her a prince. I prayed for a princess of the Lord most high for my son. A beautiful girl that could come alongside the ministry God had set before Elliot. A girl who would know how to love and serve others right where they are at. Sarah has her ministry that God has grown her into. She serves others and seeing her love the boys, Ethan, Eric & Emerson, and seeing her wrap her heart of sister love around Emily is a natural addition and progression of family and holy community.Our newest picture of our children.
Mama's don't ever stop praying for those who will someday join your family. My prayer life has changed in that there is now a name to young woman. I can now pray with a name a new prayer for both Elliot and Sarah. God hears the prayers of our hearts. We often wonder just how long we must pray. We pray as long as the life we are given. I encourage a journal of writings, scribbles, notes. Looking back over the journals of over 20 years ago, I was but the age of Sarah when I started praying for her life. I delight in the joy of this next season as a mother.
Thank you God for you beautiful blessings, Elizabeth