My twelfth little arrow, my sweet Fidelis Se’arah

On Monday, I delivered our twelfth baby, Fidelis Se’arah.
It still leaves me feeling rather speechless in many ways.

We had expected and hoped to be holding this baby in our arms during the season of Advent, when we always raise our voices loudly singing the song Adeste Fidelis (“O Come All Ye Faithful”).

In Job, the Lord speaks to Job from the whirlwind (see Job 38:1, for example); and Job is a book that my husband and I have been reading, listening to sermons on, and going through a book study on recently/currently.

We have seen God’s great faithfulness to us in past storms, and now we are calling on Him again to once again prove His faithfulness to us in the midst of this tempest.

Here are some Scriptures that are blessing me this week as I grieve the death of my sweet Fidelis Se’arah, as I meditate upon my faithful King, as I long to be released from the whirlwind of sorrow in this life, as I toil for the Kingdom and anticipate reuniting with my children someday when I see my Jesus face to face and touch His pierced side with my own hands.

Deuteronomy 7:9 “Know therefore that the Lord your God is God, the faithful God who keeps covenant and steadfast love with those who love him and keep his commandments, to a thousand generations.”
Deuteronomy 32:4 “The Rock, his work is perfect, for all his ways are justice. A God of faithfulness and without iniquity, just and upright is he.”
1 Samuel 12:24 “Only fear the Lord and serve him faithfully with all your heart. For consider what great things he has done for you.”
Psalm 25:10 “All the paths of the Lord are steadfast love and faithfulness, for those who keep his covenant and his testimonies.”
Psalm 36:5 “Your steadfast love, O Lord, extends to the heavens, your faithfulness to the clouds.”
Psalm 69:13 “But as for me, my prayer is to you, O Lord. At an acceptable time, O God, in the abundance of your steadfast love answer me in your saving faithfulness.”
2 Timothy 2:10-13 “I endure everything for the sake of the elect, that they also may obtain the salvation that is in Christ Jesus with eternal glory. The saying is trustworthy, for: If we have died with him, we will also live with him;if we endure, we will also reign with him;
if we deny him, he also will deny us;if we are faithless, he remains faithful— for he cannot deny himself.”
1 Peter 4:19 “Therefore let those who suffer according to God’s will entrust their souls to a faithful Creator while doing good.”
Revelation 2:10 “Do not fear what you are about to suffer. …Be faithful unto death, and I will give you the crown of life.”
Job chapters 38 & 39 (40 & 41 as well, honestly), as I meditate upon the Lord holding all of these things in His faithful, true, loving hands.