Day 234

About this time three years ago I got invited to a women’s conference at a church I had never been to.  It was kind of a strange deal because the church I went to and my husband worked for had just lost the pastor due to moral failure and the church that invited me to the conference was the church that we were told would be turning our church into one of their satellite campuses.  I wasn’t crazy about the idea.  I didn’t know anything about the church, the pastor, the people, their vision, but I figured I should probably go to this conference and see what they were all about.  I went in with my guard up, but within seconds of praise and worship starting I sensed in my spirit that this was a good church.  This was a church that cared more about the presence of God than putting on a good show.  This was a church that cared more about people than numbers.  It was so refreshing.  I got lost in worship that night.

I can still remember Kari Jobe singing “You Are For Me” while God was busy ministering to my heart.  He let me know this whole mess we were in with our church would work out and then he surprised me with this, “you are going to have a little girl next.”

I was shocked.  We had been trying to get pregnant for a while and all the while we had been praying for a boy.  I’ve always wanted a daughter, but I wanted two boys together first and I figured since I prayed for a boy and got a boy the first time around since I was praying for a boy again we’d get a boy the second time around.  I came home and told my husband and we both agreed that if that’s what God was saying, if that was His will for our family, then that’s what we wanted, and from then on we started praying for a girl.  3 months later I was pregnant… with a girl, and about a year from the time God told me I would have her, I gave birth to Celia Beau Blount… the prettiest little thing I had ever laid eyes on.

She is a constant reminder that God’s will is always better than my will.  His plans are always better than my plans.  His ways are always higher than my ways.  He thoughts are always higher than my thoughts.

The night that Jesus prayed in the Garden of Gethsemane he said 3 times, “Lord “My Father, if it be possible, let this cup pass from me; nevertheless, not as I will, but as you will.” 

The human side of Jesus would have loved to have been delivered from the horrific death he was about to experience, but He chose to do the will of God instead.  He submitted cheerfully to the will of the Father and because of that I am no longer lost, but found in Him.

I knew it was His will for me to have another baby, but I didn’t know his will concerning the sex of that baby.  I had a desire in my head for a boy so I never left room for God’s will in my prayers, until of course He let me know His plans for Beau.  There are certain things that God has made perfectly clear in His word, things that are always His will- like healing, but when you are praying about something you don’t know His will on, make sure you let Him know that you prefer His will over yours, because Beau is living proof that His will is perfect!

  1. Two years ago today, on a Monday, at 2:41 p.m. I gave birth to the prettiest little girl I’ve ever seen.
  2. My labor with her was a piece of cake.  1 push and she was here.
  3. Her sweet little ears.  They were the first body part of hers that I fell in love with.
  4. She was such a good baby.  Patient.  Easy to nurse.  Great sleeper.
  5. The umbilical cord was wrapped around her neck, but God protected her and it didn’t hurt her in anyway.
  6. I totally needed a girl for my second child.  What did we ever do without her?
  7. God spoke to me so clearly that night at the Pink conference at Gateway Church and everything He spoke was accurate.
  8. You Are For Me.
  9. Gus must have heard from God before I did because he started asking for a sister as soon as he could talk.
  10. Beau is and has always been healthy.
  11. I so enjoyed the last year with her… watching her grow up is such a joy to me.
  12. She potty trained like a champ… before she was 2!!
  13. She got a big girl bed this year and transitioned so nicely.
  14. She can say anything she wants and she does.  She’s very smart!
  15. She loves Jesus and she loves church!
  16. Loved taking her to Disney in November.  She made that place even more magical.
  17. I was worried Gus might over shadow her with his huge personality, but she definitely holds her own!
  18. She is a mamma’s girl.
  19. Her eyes literally sparkle.
  20. Her pretty brown hair.
  21. Her smile is contagious.
  22. She loves to sing and to be sung to.
  23. She is exactly what her name means- heavenly and beautiful.
  24. She’s girly, but she’s got some tom boy in her too.  She’s happy playing princess or playing storm troopers.
  25. She’s easy to discipline.
  26. We are going to have terrific twos with her!
  27. God has used her to show me His goodness so many times this year… she always makes my list.

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