I have asked for her from the Lord (1 Samuel 1:20)

"And in due time Hannah conceived and bore a son, and she called his name Samuel, for she said, 'I have asked for him from the LORD.'" - 1 Samuel 1:20

On Thursday morning, a full 26 hours after being induced, my wife finally gave birth to a beautiful baby girl. 8 pounds and 10 ounces. I was completely exhausted and I was just there to watch and help, I cannot imagine how tired my wife must have been.

When my baby girl came on to the scene they set her under a heating lamp in the room and I stood and looked her for several minutes in absolute shock. It is completely beyond me how someone can see something like a new life and not believe in a God. And I'm thrilled with the things which can still bring me to my knees in tears. I cried and cried, held my wife's hand, held my daughter, and cried and cried.

This girl has been an amazing answer to prayer. My wife and I sat down when we decided we wanted to have children and we prayed that we would get pregnant. Four weeks later we took the test and were four weeks along. God answered immediately. We prayed everyday for a smooth pregnancy and she had a smooth pregnancy.

Our friends had all kinds of complications with carrying their children and we had none. My wife was even comfortable most of the time.

In the delivery room four or five things went wrong and I got on the phone and called family and friends and asked them to pray every step of the way and in the end we had a beautiful healthy baby. The Lord answered every prayer almost immediately. At one point they almost sent us home and gave up because my wife had progressed so little. Not five minutes after praying with my parents on the phone her water broke.

These things just kept on happening. Praise the Lord. It is WAY better than I could have imagined being a daddy. And I'm so thankful for the things the Lord has blessed me with. So many blessings I cannot begin to fathom and do not deserve. But thus far, my wife and now my daughter are my favorite. I asked and the Lord provided. I can now understand Hannah's joy when she gave birth to Samuel. We did not name our child Samuel (that would have been awkward for a girl), but praise the Lord, because we have asked for her from the Lord. And he provided.