From birth I have relied on you; you brought me forth from my mother's womb. I will ever praise you.                 -Ps 71:5-7



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cookiesblanketburp cloth


It is my birth month, and every year I take this time to reflect on what direction my life has taken since the year before. The year that has passed has been very meaningful and entirely different from all the years I have had. The year has been a testimony to a lot of births in my life.

Firstly this is the first year I have fully experienced being a full-time (and first-time) mum. The circumstances surrounding my daughter's birth haven't been easy. She was born 8 weeks premature and I have been very sick. My husband and I have gone through the horrifying experience of facing the uncertainty of being able to hold our child in our arms once she gets delivered. What kept us strong was this passage: faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see. (Heb 11:1) God has never left us and has been faithful to us during these times. 

Now, looking at my very active and jolly daughter, and looking after her has given birth to a very deep kind of love in my heart. What I speak of is simply unfathomable, and no words can express how vast and deep and immense this love is. And this kind of love is coming from only me. Imagine God's love. Wow. 

My love for my daughter has given birth to a desire to let her know about God as early as possible. "Train up a child in the way he should go: and when he is old, he will not depart from it." (Proverbs 22:6) Every night my husband and I pray for wisdom on how to raise her as a Christian. At 19 months she can now clasp her hands in prayer. And this gives us great joy.

A lot of births. The birth of new endeavors. The birth of new dreams. The birth of new hardships. The birth of discoveries. Of ways to resolve conflict. Of faith. Throughout all these births, God has never let go. He has always been there. And now that I am about to turn 31, I am blessed with the birth of the realization that I have always relied upon God for everything --- my life, my happiness and joy, my gifts and talents, my family, my life's lessons, my aches and pains, my friends, my all. 

All praises to Him.  

Comments (15)

On May 21, 2010 at 3:48 AM , Linsey said...

EEKKK!! i am soo excited!! thanks for choosing my wish upon a star burp cloth!! Glory to God for your blessing of a daughter. its a true testament to God how a mother can triumph through a difficult pregnancy, and birth.
Linsey @ ELIsBlankies

 
On May 21, 2010 at 4:16 AM , Julie Riisnaes said...

Lovely post Lei! So glad your daughter is OK now. Great finds to celebrate new birth. What are the cookies for? Comfort food for mum & dad? Very necessary I think!!

 
On May 21, 2010 at 7:51 AM , Anonymous said...

Thank you so much for including my blanket in your "Birth" series. God bless everyone who is in CAST!

 
On May 21, 2010 at 9:14 AM , Bow 'n Hair-o Designs said...

Thank you so much for including me! Very sweet! God bless this coming year and happy bithday!

 
On May 21, 2010 at 9:43 AM , Sue Runyon said...

Beautiful, Lei. Thank you so much!

 
On May 21, 2010 at 9:45 AM , Colleen said...

What a beautiful story-thankyou for sharing. It is always good to be reminded of God's faithfulness and love. Happy birthday!!

 
On May 21, 2010 at 2:18 PM , sammysgrammy said...

Happy Birthday Lei. The Lord is always full of LIFE, isn't He?

I certainly have missed you being away so long. Glad you're back.

 
On May 21, 2010 at 3:08 PM , Jenny said...

thank you so much for including me! No doubt that God is good...so good!
Have a blessed "Happy Day!" :)

 
On May 21, 2010 at 8:19 PM , Deb - Two Cheeky Monkeys said...

Beautiful choices Lei and thank you for sharing so personally and in such and encouraging way about how God has worked in your life. Your daughter is such a little cutie, who would know now that she was born with such problems?!
And happy birthday from a fellow May baby.
:) Deb.

 
On May 21, 2010 at 8:46 PM , Stitches In Cotton said...

What a wonderful thing to reflect on as May is also my birth month.
Thanks for sharing this touching story.
Thanks also for picking my r(ICE) packs.

www.stitchesincotton.com

 
On May 21, 2010 at 10:37 PM , Kathleen said...

Lovely collection - and a wonderful meaning behind them all. Thank you for sharing about your journey with your daughter. Praising the King of kings for her health!

Keep on praying! And pray for her husband and his family, too =) When you meet them, may your heart leap for joy as mine did when I met my daughter's life choice!

 
On May 21, 2010 at 10:37 PM , Kathleen said...

Lovely collection - and a wonderful meaning behind them all. Thank you for sharing about your journey with your daughter. Praising the King of kings for her health!

Keep on praying! And pray for her husband and his family, too =) When you meet them, may your heart leap for joy as mine did when I met my daughter's life choice!

 
On May 21, 2010 at 11:02 PM , pfd said...

I love the concept of reviewing your year at your birthday and your sharing how God's word is alive in what you do.

 
On May 22, 2010 at 12:02 AM , Snuggle-Bugs and Bows said...

Thanks for including my little shop. My daughter is quite a blessing...we thought it would be all boys. :-) She brings so much joy to our lives and sweetness to my shop.

 
On May 22, 2010 at 10:47 AM , MYSAVIOR said...

I truly enjoyed reading this! Thank You!

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Sue