BEFORE YOU WERE EVER BORN By Lori A Alicea

Who knew?

Who knew that before your days were even one, the impact your small little life would have on all those arms that wait anxiously to hold you for the very first time.

Who knew you’d take our breath away when the song of your heartbeat played ever so quietly before our ears just weeks after learning of your arrival.

Who knew the miracle of watching you sleep during your debut to the world would stir an amazing love in our hearts before you were ever born.

Children are a gift from God.
He knew them before they were ever born.
He planned for them at the beginning of time.
In the beginning their steps have been ordered, the plans for their lives are in place.

Children have a destiny, they’ve been called for a purpose yet to be revealed.
In their mother’s womb, God knits them and keeps a viligent watch. He doesn’t slumber nor take his eyes off of them not even for a moment.

Before you were ever born, your siblings were fighting over you, deciding for themselves where you will sleep and who will hold you first. Your room has been ready for weeks.  Your blankie has been bought and can’t wait to keep you warm.  The diapers are stacked.  A fluffy bear keeps his post on the dresser overlooking your crib.  A nightlight burns softly in the corner across the room from where you will sleep.

Your birth can’t come soon enough. Nine months of siblings repeating “is baby here yet” wears thin on a mother’s patience.  But the hour finally comes and those that have waited an eternity welcome you with open arms.

Before you were ever born you were loved to the moon and back.

Before you were ever born you had a big sister and big brother who couldn’t wait their turn to introduce themselves.

Before you were ever born, the kisses your siblings couldn’t wait to give you.

The gifts, the moments, the preparations made way before you were ever born.

It’s a wonder you are ever able to sleep with an audience who just can’t take their eyes off of you. The innocence of you sweet child, soft and delicate, taking small breaths one after the other, while you rest and grow in your dreams.

Safe and sound in your daddies arms, he vows to protect you from all harm. Witnessing a miracle snuggled up close, your daddies in such awe that the one he holds is really his.
birth ayva 3Sometimes daddy’s first kiss will also be his last for many months until he returns for you after deployment. During that summer to fall season, you will grow into such a big girl that daddy will have to reacquaint himself to you.

Before you were ever born, no one could have imagined how fast you’d grow and change before our baby could count her fingers to one year old. Posing for pictures month after month that first year, capturing your beautiful self for a “time capsule of moments” we’d give anything to relive.  Looking back over the twelve months before us reveals the wonderful holidays, your health challenges, your growth and smiles for days.  You’re loved even more now than before you were ever born.

Before you were ever born, God’s calendar has already marked and reserved your life’s celebrations.

From your first birthday.

Your first haircut.
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Your first day of school.

Your first attempts at stretching your wings.

All those graduations. Your first job.  Your wedding.  Your first child.
So many surprises that wait to celebrate you in years to come.

But for today, we celebrate you.

Two innocent girls who came into this world just weeks apart, cousins who live states apart, yet share a bond and ask for each other when their mommies talk on the phone.

No one could have imagined girls that would steal your heart before they were ever born. Now a family can’t imagine life without them.

You little girls are beautiful.
You little girls have captured our world with your smiles.
We know you both will attempt great feats and achieve your hearts desire.
There are big plans for your life.

I know that because God has prepared for them in fine detail
Before you were ever born.
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BIGGER SHOES TO FILL By Lori A Alicea

When stepping into your destiny shoes do you sense God sent you the wrong size?

You thought you knew what God’s destiny was for your life.

You filled your backpack accordingly for the journey, but in preparation you realize God’s plans require BIGGER SHOES TO FILL.
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“Are you talking to me Lord?”
“Did you confuse me for someone else?”
“These destiny shoes you ordered for my steps don’t fit me Lord?”
“I don’t think I’ll ever grow into these shoes?”
“Do my destiny shoes come with a return policy?”
“What about an exchange Lord?”

At the gate memorializing the first steps towards my destiny…

I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

My journey begins Lord.  My eyes can’t see, but help me trust that these destiny shoes are just my size.

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May my response to you Lord be without question and without doubt…

“Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8
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Destiny’s come in all sizes and shapes, though never the size of the one God sends; or so it appears.
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We question and remind the Lord over and over,

I don’t fit into your plan.

Your plans require BIGGER SHOES TO FILL.

But that conversation with God at destiny’s gate continues to echo for my remembrance and trust…

I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?”

And I said, “Here am I. Send me!” Isaiah 6:8

God equips perfectly when He sends.

The cobbler holding my destiny custom made these shoes even if my blisters say otherwise.
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These BIG SHOES God has asked me to fill are big on purpose.  There needs to be room for the unimaginable, the unexpected that no mind can conceive, or eye has seen nor ear ever heard.

However, as it is written:  “What no eye has seen, what no ear has heard, and what no human mind has conceived”— the things God has prepared for those who love him—
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Corinthians 2:9 NIV

 Oh that my trust be oversized as these shoes God has asked me to walk in.

Might I be confident in reaching for God’s hand along the way as God never asks us to walk alone.

 My life, my every moment, my destiny—it’s all in your hands. …..

Psalm 31:15 TPT

Help my unbelief that these destiny shoes were ordered just for me.

God blow your wind beneath my unbelief and reveal your plan.
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I thank you Lord that my destiny shoes come with a map even if I am only allowed to see one foot in front of the other; one step at a time.
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Thank you Lord that my destiny was known in advance from the beginning of time.

Thank you Lord that you see and believe in me what my mirror doesn’t reflect.

Thank you Lord for these big dreams and destiny you have prepared and planned for me; dreams and destiny requiring
BIGGER SHOES TO FILL.

As in these BIG shoes you are going to do BIG things through me.The Princess Within Rosalee with shoes

We have become his poetry, a re-created people that will fulfill the destiny he has given each of us, for we are joined to Jesus, the Anointed One. Even before we were born, God planned in advance our destiny and the good works we would do to fulfill it!

Ephesians 2:10  TPT