Wednesday, May 6, 2009


Note on Jo's bedroom door whiteboard this morning:

God will:
provide for
care for



listen to

The cause for such public proclamations of praise?

After rounds two rounds of sad breeding outcomes, a successful litter has been kindled in the rabbitry of one little Jo Blandings. Jo's $35 mistake bunny, Michelle, gave birth to her first batch of babies in a seamless delivery last night.

Jo made the announcement with tears of joy streaming down her cheeks as she burst in on me in my trademarked "DO NOT OPEN THE DOOR UNLESS THE HOUSE IS ON FIRE" bath time. Needless to say, the house was not on fire. But, it turns out, the flame that is the love of the Lord was being fanned in my beloved daughter.

As if it weren't enough to just have live bunnies after the specter of death haunted the last attempts, the Lord took this opportunity to pour out on Jo the kind of love that He knew she would understand the most:

Jo, it turns out, had been praying for 3 live kits. Three. It seemed like a lot to ask, she says, but she knew that God could do it. So she prayed. She petitioned. And she kept her mouth firmly shut, waiting on Him.

And this, my friends, is how the Lord of Heaven and Earth answers the small, heartfelt prayers of an 11 year-old girl whose faith in Him was not shaken despite the storm:

NINE. Yes--9 kits. Healthy, wriggly and mewing.

Give, and it will be given to you. A good measure, pressed down, shaken together and running over, will be poured into your lap. For with the measure you use, it will be measured to you. --Luke 6:38

I serve the MOST HIGH GOD, the One who cares enough to reach down and tenderly place a heap of baby bunnies in the lap of my hopeful daughter. It's a good day. A very, VERY good day.


Fatcat said...

Wow! 9! That's very cool.

My daughter actually came and intruded on my bath time once and there actually was a fire. Her younger brother had been trying to melt crayons in the toaster oven. We'd melted some in the sunshine earlier that day and he wanted some more ...

Traci said...

Amazing! What is the normal littler size? And can I just say for the record they are cuter with a little fur on :)

Unknown said...

And she kept her mouth firmly shut, waiting on Him.This segment of faith, which you vocalize here, is one of the most poignant, powerful, purposed, important, and necessary parts. It's not just that we believe ~ it's that we agree with God, His Word, despite what our eyes see. Not tearing down her faith with a silent watch for Him?

My, my, my. What a wonderful trait to own at her young age.

Well done, Momma and Dad. Instruction in righteousnes is definitely alive in your home!

Karla Cook @ Roads to Everywhere said...

That's wonderful! I'm sure no one but Jo cares much about those 9 baby bunnies and their mama... but it is definitely a reason for GREAT REJOICING to witness the tender way God speaks to little children in language they can understand and relate to! I have no doubt this is one of those "markers" that will stick with Jo throughout her life as a testimony to the faithfulness of God. Rejoicing with you!

Luke Holzmann said...

God is good.

May you continue to walk in His grace, love and provision, Jo!

And may we all learn from your example of faith.


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Heather Mattern said...

What a wonderful "gift" for your little girls faith!

anya* said...

oh, now I am all teary eyed..