Monday, February 22, 2010

Happy Birthday Daddy!!

Today is Gabe's 24th birthday! We celebrated by eating lunch with the fam yesterday and we will be eating dinner with good friends tonight! Stevie and I got daddy some new clothes for his birthday and Eric Clapton tickets for this weekend. But Silas (Silas is what we are calling the little boy we are adopting) obviously didn't forget daddy's birthday either, because last week Gabe got a package in the mail from him. It was a t-shirt with amharic (the Ethiopian national language) writing on it that means "dad"! Mom may have helped a little.

I am feeling especially grateful today and feel the need to share it with you. The Lord has placed a lot of wonderful friends in our lives, they are blessings to us in so many ways. Yesterday, some of our closest friends, the Schluchters, gave us a wonderful gift. Misty had made cards, each with a different prayer from scripture on them. She added our children's names in each of the verses. She explained to me that so many times when praying for her own children, that her words fail her. I completely relate to this feeling. So many times when I am praying for Stevie I feel like my prayers are so shallow or selfish. Like I'm not asking for the Lords will for her life but my own. And with Silas, I just don't know what I should be asking for. Protection, health, patience, peace, direction, comfort, healing? How wonderful it is, to have written in black and white, a prayer from the word of God. Out of all of the verses she gave me I think this one may be my favorite...

"For this reason, since the day we heard about you, we have not stopped praying for you, Stevie and Silas, and asking God to fill you with the knowledge of His will through all spiritual wisdom and understanding. And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please Him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God."
Colossians 1:9&10

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