I was talking with a friend this week and she shared with me the verse from Psalms that she is focusing on for this part of her adoption. Psalms was where I spent a lot of my scripture study time during the adoption. It has always been one of my very favorite books of scripture.
A verse that I held on to was, to paraphrase, "For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Partly for me, and partly for Emery. And it is something that I still hold on to. I do strongly believe that God has a plan for us. Not that He keeps all bad things from our path, but that He knows the end result of where He wants us to be and who He wants us to be when we get there and that He does and will turn all things to our good, even the bad or uncomfortable. I have seen it happen in my life and others, and while there are still a few things that have happened in my life that I don't know that they have truly been turned to the good category, I know that at some point they will be.
So as we head into this new phase of our family it is comforting to be able to lean on the Lord and truly I feel as though my burdens are carried by Him. I am not concerned about Emery's health future. I really am not. I was blessed with a gift of peace and trust when we decided to go forward with her adoption and I still have it. We will continue to look forward knowing that God's plans are not always our plans and that they are always better.
Emery is doing really, really well. She is learning words in phrases which is hilarious. She told me the other day out of the blue, "you're a funny girl." Haha, she must hear that a bit:) She is loving life. We got to watch a Coast Guard rescue demonstration out of a helicopter yesterday and after she realized that, no she didn't get to ride on it, she was fascinated by the water coming off the ocean spraying us and the whole rescue. We toured a boat which she loved exploring. We have been to two lakes this week, when it is remotely sunny here you have to seize the opportunity to be outside, and she has gotten muddy and splashed in the water and looked at waterfalls and had so much fun. She is doing really well with her brothers and even tolerates, ie ignores, the dog who is still so curious about this little girl.
Thank you again for your prayers, I know they are heard and answered. I have always believed in the power of prayer, and that is continually reinforced by the way I see the answers to those prayers.