Thursday (June 11th) is another big day for us. A lot is being decided – not by the court but by Anna Lee’s mom.
Since the first time I met her mom I could tell how deeply she loves Anna Lee! Their bond was clear. Her mom would cry every time she saw us and would thank us for loving her daughter so well. It didn’t take long for Stan and me to develop a love for Anna’s mom as well!
From early on it seemed like everything that could be stacked against her was. Her circumstances seemed difficult beyond anything I could imagine going through. We could see how choices made by her parents during her childhood put her on a path that has been so hard. It just seems impossible for her life to ever change – for her to ever heal. She seems so deep in this world of pain and struggle.
But we also know that God can do anything. He can overcome anything that seems impossible by the standards of this world. He can change any heart and redeem any life. Not only can He do this, but we know that He DOES do this. He did this for me and Stan. He has done this in so many hearts of so many people all over this world. He takes us out of darkness and brings us into light. He adopts us as His sons and daughters. He changes our hearts so completely that we become a new creation. 2 Corinthians 5:17 says, “Therefore, if anyone is in Christ, he is a new creation. The old has passed away; behold, the new has come.” This is what we want so badly for Anna Lee’s mom! We want her to be made new! We want her to know the hope and the peace that comes with knowing Jesus! This is our primary prayer for her!
Along with this big prayer that we have been praying since we met her, we have a more specific prayer for this week. We pray that she will choose to relinquish her rights. Without being able to say much more about the case, we believe that this is what’s best for both Anna and her mom. We also pray that she feel peace as she makes these decisions.
We are praying too that God will comfort her and use this situation to show her His love. Please pray this for her mom tomorrow every time that you think of her. I can’t imagine letting Anna Lee go and I didn’t carry her for nine months or give birth to her or hold in my arms for the first year of her life. I can’t even begin to understand how hard all of this must be. But I know that God works in all circumstances and uses even the hardest struggles to draw us to Him.
Please join us in praying for all of these things tomorrow!