we weren't going to share this news quite so soon.
but i never do things all smart and prudent and practical like that. i just don't.
and tonight i went to rick and i said, "i think it's a good day to share." and he agreed.
because what we want is not your attention or your applause or your approval.
what we want is your prayers.
see, there's this little girl again. she's on the other side of the world without a family.
and today she turned five. five.
i think back last year to bella's 5th birthday party -- the ballerinas and the beauty and the pink mulit-layered birthday cake -- and my heart just breaks for a little girl on the other side of the world who doesn't have a mama to make her a tutu or tell her she's too-too cute. that's she's precious. loved. wanted. a little girl who has a birthday today, but no family to share it with.
yep. that breaks me a little. a lot, really.
her name is lu.
and she's beautiful.
and, oh boy, how she is wanted!
today we mailed off the paperwork to an agency to begin our home study and start the process of adopting this little lu.
but here's the deal: we need your prayers. oh my do we need your prayers.
lu is pretty healthy and that's good -- that's great! but, because i have a not so healthy medical history involving cancer, china might turn us away. they could very well say no. and we can't know that right now.
we can only wait ... and pray.
wait and pray.
we know how to do that. and that is exactly what we will do.
but all of us -- rick, jody, emily, tyler, sarah, connor and bella -- we want to ask you to pray with us. pray for us.
... to pray for lu.
tonight. today. tomorrow.
we need to ask God for big things. huge things. we know that if this little lu is meant to be in our home, God can do it. He can move mountains, He can make miracles and He can, very well, change some things around in china. He can bring this little lu smack dab in the middle of our crazy family.
so it might be kind of early to share this news.
but today is her birthday.
and, somehow, it seemed the perfect time to share a slice of celebration.
will you pray for little lu? whatever God has planned for her life.
the mcnatt family wants her ... but we trust and believe God has her.
will you join us in praying for little lu?
we can't give her a pretty birthday present wrapped up with a bow tonight --- but perhaps asking our friends to pray is a pretty good present after all.
this is the confidence we have in approaching God:
that if we ask anything according to His will,
He hears us. and if we know that He hears us—
whatever we ask—we know
that we have what we asked of Him.
~ 1 john 5: 14-15