We have washed the clothes (both girl's and boy's), put sheets on the baby's bed and picked out names for both a girl and a boy. Now we wait. For what we do not know, will it be a sudden sign Audri notices or a doctor's test that has a bad reading. Will it be that Audri spends a week or two in the hospital or everything works out for her to just go in as scheduled, these things we do not know. We do not even know if it is a boy or girl, healthy or not. What we do know is there is a baby in there that God has entrusted to us and we hope that we may meet this little one and care for it until it is ready to care for itself. Until we hold the baby, there is little we can do but wait, pray, watch for signs and wait.
On January 4th, we visited Clairmont Hills Baptist Church (which we had been members of when we lived near Decatur) and heard a sermon by Pastor Fred on reading the Bible. Audri and I both decided that we would attempt to read through at least the New Testament this year. Audri, though, began reading in Genesis with extreme interest and is currently in Ezra. She has been reading and sharing with me information on Israel's laws and customs, many of which make sense by today's science. The laws such as washing of the hands, separation of meat during food preparation and what not to eat are often objects of research and 'common sense' today. It is amazing how often we Christians forget the Old Testament as if it is outdated, Jesus said He came to fulfill the law not to abolish it.
Up until last Tuesday, we were pretty sure that our baby was going to be a girl. We had a name picked out, pink sheets on the bed and JD would call Audri's bump 'Baby Ruti'. But, after six ultrasounds confirming it to be a girl, the doctor told Audri they are 90% sure it is a boy. Boy or girl, we will love the baby with the love God has given us but it is sure confusing to have been planning for a girl and now plan for either one. As my 9th grade math/science teacher used to say 'God is still God and Jesus is still coming back'!
I am often amazed at how a little politeness goes a long way. Our son, JD, has learned that as well. He knows that if he says 'please', he is more likely to get what he wants. On top of that, if he says 'please' really cutely he is even more likely to get it. He almost always says 'thank you' after receiving what he asked for. Now if he would be just as polite when we say 'no'!
18 The Spirit of the Lord is upon me, because he hath anointed me to preach the gospel to the poor; he hath sent me to heal the brokenhearted, to preach deliverance to the captives, and recovering of sight to the blind, to set at liberty them that are bruised, 19To preach the acceptable year of the Lord.
This, as written by the prophet Isaiah, is why he came. In fact, why would you need Jesus unless you are poor, brokenhearted, in captive or blind? The well do not need a doctor. If you are not these things, or if you will not admit to these things, there is no way for you to come to Christ. Until you realize that you are in need of saving, you have no use for the Savior.