Of all the experiences given me by the year 2013, Graiciela's story seems to stand out among the rest. Thankfully, the Lord answered my prayer to help me remember her face constantly -- to remember the tears that slid down her cheeks as she thanked us for her new home. I find myself thinking of this moment almost every day. 

She asked the Lord for a fresh start and He gave her one.

"Are not two sparrows sold for a penny? Yet not one of them will fall to the ground outside your Father's care. And even the very hairs of your head are all numbered. So don't be afraid; you are worth more than many sparrows." 
- Matthew 10:31

God cares about the sparrows.
God cares about Graciela.
And God cares about you.

Don't forget that.

Do you need a fresh start this year? Ask Him. He is a good Father who loves you and cares for you. You will not fall to the ground outside of your Father's care. So, even if you do fall - even if you have fallen, He's still got you in His hand. His grip will never loosen. And He will pick you back up.

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