Monday was also a good day for me. I made it to the gym and got a haircut. In the afternoon, Dave took the two older kids to go Christmas shopping for me. And we received a special package that morning. A friend found some little girl dresses that also came with matching doll dresses. (I had actually looked for these when I was pregnant but couldn't find any) It's too bad that the doll dress doesn't quite fit but it looked so cute that we just had to take pictures!! I had been feeling a bit sad thinking of how Abigail will very likely grow up without a sister. And I decided again that we needed to enjoy the time we have right now. I think I have been hesitant to encourage Abigail to really enjoy her sister and these dresses helped a bit to do this - and to celebrate their special relationship. Thank-you.
|"Wake up. I want to talk sis."|
I felt so relieved to see her start to pink up and smile at me as if to say 'what are you worried about? I'm still here.' And today she is smiling up at me from her chair - big grins and sparkly eyes - and I can forget for awhile. I can't live there in the unknowns for too long...it's too hard. I can only trust that when the time comes, that God will give me the strength. Jesus, be my shepherd. The only way I can go through the valley of death is knowing that you are with me. Your rod and your staff, they comfort me.
I just started reading a book called "Choosing to See". It's written by Mary Beth Chapman. (Steven Curtis Chapman's wife) Their little girl died in a traggic accident - and I can tell already that it's going to be a tough read. But good too. I'll tell you how it goes...or you can just go get your own copy : D
In the Prologue, Beth Moore has just described a dream that she had about Maria - which turned out to be an answer to Mary's prayer. Then, she writes this...
"(Others) could reason that, to have a God who cared enough to orchestrate something like the timing of that dream, we'd have a God who'd never let such a tragedy happen to start with. These are places where God exercises His sovereign right to retain mystery. We cannot fathom the intriciacies of the divine plan. But make no mistake, when we are in the driest desert, we can receive the manna to make it all the way to the other side where trees bud again and children laugh. God sometimes delivers us from evils we never see. Other times He parts raging oceans before our very eyes. Still other times He says, "When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers they will not sweep over you...Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west" (Isa. 43:2.5)
And a song comes into my mind...."In my Father's House, there are many many rooms...." What a gathering that will be.