Well, another year has come and gone. It feels like just yesterday David and I were ringing in 2016, newly pregnant (we would find out the following week) with our fifth little one hoping and longing for 2016 to be the year the Lord would bless us with children. 2016 did not bring us the child we so desired, as we found out our fifth pregnancy was ectopic in February and we miscarried our sixth pregnancy in August. If you’ve not been a part of our journey with recurrent pregnancy loss thus far, you can read more about it here.
The last three years have been such a whirlwind of emotions, filled with much joy in the midst of extreme sorrow. Instead of making traditional New Years Resolutions, this year David and I wanted to ask the Lord for a word to cling to as we brought in 2017, to help us shape our prayer life, our thought life, and our relationships with Him and with one another. I’m lucky enough to be married to an engineer, so as we were discussing some of the words we felt like the Lord was laying on our hearts, David drew up a diagram detailing the relationships and connections between each word.
After seeing them all connected, and praying and reading through several scriptures using these words, we settled on the word “hope”. Hope is the proper response to the promises from God, and true hope is a gift only God can give. There is an incredible article taken from a theological dictionary looking deeper at what it means to truly “hope” (click here to read it… I really promise it will be worth the read!).
We would love your prayers for us as we embark on a new year, seeking to learn more about what it means to hope in the Lord and not in our circumstances. We don’t know if this year will bring us the blessing of children or not, but we are confident 2017 will be a year of hope in Christ deeper than we have ever experienced before!
Wishing you and your families a happy new year!
David and Lindsay