Kira just celebrated a birthday on Saturday, May 1. That little girl has grown about four years worth in the last two years and I, for one, do not think that is fair! Kids grow up too fast as it is. 🙂
We began her birthday with a special breakfast of strawberry and cream cheese homemade crepes. This was a hit with the whole family!
Kira had wanted to get her ears pierced for her birthday so we did that on Friday evening because it was a time when there would be two people working at the place in the mall so they could do both ears at the same time. We were afraid that if they did one, she might not want them to do the second one! 🙂
She actually did very well and only kind of exclaimed, “Ow!” This was a big departure from the last time she got a shot where there was much wailing and screaming and me holding her between my legs while they hurried to get it done before I couldn’t hang on anymore! So – we have come a LONG way! Yeah Kira! She looks so pretty with her little pink heart earrings.
On Saturday afternoon we went to watch a play that our best friends’ son was in – Anne of Avonlea. It was great – well done as usual! The girls really enjoyed it as we have watched all the Anne of Green Gables/Avonlea movies and they love them. We need to read that book aloud – I think the girls would really enjoy it.
We had a party on Sunday afternoon with her birthday dinner of choice, hamburgers and hot dogs, potato salad and her very favorite – baked beans! She is an easy kid to please – you have to love that! Add to that a double decker Funfetti cake with chocolate frosting and she was happy as can be. I love this photo of her with a look of excitement with a gift:
We should be hearing something next week from the India director who is just coming home from her India trip. She was gone almost a month and we are hoping to hear some kind of news about where we stand.
Last night the girls and I read a chapter in the book, Mighty Acts of God by Starr Meade, and the chapter was about God’s promise to Abraham. I really like this book as it goes through some Bible stories, but with the intent to show God’s power and character. Each short chapter has some verses that go with the reading and also has some discussion ideas or questions at the end. I like that she writes the discussion part not as something you just read, but as something you read to yourself, digest, and then use as a jumping off point for discussing the principles with your children.
I just felt so encouraged as I read through the chapter thinking of God’s covenant with His people and His faithfulness to complete it. The chapter we read the night before had talked about God making His covenant with Abraham. God told Abraham what He would do, but Abraham asked how he would know this would happen. God graciously went through the ceremony that people in that time would do when they made a covenant with each other. God wanted to show Abraham that He would keep His promise. As part of this ceremony God had Abraham lay out a cow, goat, sheep, and two birds – the larger animals split in half with a walkway between them. All Abraham contributed to this was the animals. Once he did what God asked him to, God caused him to sleep. While Abraham slept God passed between the two halves, which Abraham saw in a dream as a flaming torch and smoking fire pot. This signified the binding nature of the covenant – which God would fulfill on His side as well as fulfilling what would be required of Abraham. I just LOVE that picture! God is so good to us, isn’t He? He took care of what we needed to fulfill our part of the covenant – which was perfect obedience to God’s law. We could never do that. Jesus did it for us. Wow.
Well, back to the chapter we did last night. It is about God keeping His promises. I am sure you remember the story – Abraham was promised that he would have heirs from his wife Sarah. Now, they waited a LONG time. After ten years Sarah took matters into her own hands and gave her maid Hagar to Abraham and they had a son, Ishmael. That is NOT what God had intended for them. It was twenty five years after God’s promise before Sarah gave birth to Isaac.
I got to thinking as I was reading that how impatient I get waiting for God’s answers to prayer or movement in situations. I can certainly not claim that God promised us our son Levi. However, this adoption is something that we feel we are doing in obedience to God. We would have liked for everything to have gone like clockwork and for Levi to have already been here, but that is not how it is going.
Are we faithful while we wait? Do we try to take matters into our own hands? It is easy to get discouraged and assume God isn’t going to take care of it so we had better do our best with it. God has a plan and purpose in everything He does. We have had some great opportunities to teach the girls about waiting and that we trust that God listens to our prayers and we ask for His will – not our own. It has been really sweet listening to their prayers as they ask God to bring Levi home when He thinks it is best.
I am so thankful that God uses these times of waiting and hoping to work in us the character He wants to so that He can use us for His glory. What a blessing that is! It is actually mind boggling if you think about it. The eternal God, the creator of the universe desires to use little ol’ puny me in His grand design for His creation! All I do is show up – just like those sacrificed animals – and God does the rest. Amazing.
Philippians 2:12-13 Therefore, my beloved, as you have always obeyed, so now, not only as in my presence but much more in my absence, work out your own salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you, both to will and to work for his good pleasure.
Hebrews 10:23 Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.