A baby girl was dedicated at church today! During the greeting time, my sister asked me if I remembered when we dedicated our girls.

Easter, 1988.

They were born a little over a month apart and we dedicated them on the same Sunday. She asked me to keep praying for our daughters to put God first, find a church, and get involved there.

She sounded discouraged.

I asked her, “How long did Mom and I pray for you?”

She burst out laughing and replied, “Decades!”

Yes, she was a lost sheep…a prodigal daughter. But she is back in the fold now and Heaven rejoiced and Mom is ecstatic!

I am one of the 99.

Luke 15:3, “So Jesus told them this story: ‘If a man has a hundred sheep and one of them gets lost, what will he do? Won’t he leave the ninety-nine others in the wilderness and go to search for the one that is lost until he finds it?’” NLT

I’ve lived for Jesus my entire life. I understand the feelings of the older brother in the story of the Prodigal son, Luke 15:31-32.

 I forget that this life is just boot camp for heaven. My real life and real job does not start until I arrive there. And the rewards of being one of the 99 are great.

Mark 15: 11, “…Everything I have is yours.”

Best of all? My sister will be there, too!

Dear Lord,

Thank you, thank you, thank you, for the release of Saeed Abedini from the prison in Iran! Those three years of prayer were well worth it! Thank you for answering our prayers of decades and bringing my sister back to you. Thank you for the reminder to never, ever, ever give up.


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