Have you ever had one of those days when you realize that you are sitting in a front-row seat for a truly amazing life story? Today was one of those days–a milestone day–for me and my family. Here’s a little background:

As many parents do, we pray with our kids every night at bedtime. For years, our oldest daughter would include the following request in her prayers: “and please, God, give me a big sister.” I would often give her a little patronizing pat on the head and try to prepare her for inevitable disappointment. I’d foolishly try to tone down her expectations for God. I tried to casually explain that giving birth to an older child was physically impossible. “You know, my sweet girl, God doesn’t always answer our prayers with a ‘yes’.” She remained undeterred.

“and please, God, give me a big sister.”

As many of you know, about a year ago God answered her prayers when a teenager named Mary moved into our house–becoming a part of our house and a part of our family. Our world changed for the better. What a great blessing she has been!

Today, I had one of the greatest honors and privileges of my life: baptizing both my little girl and her divinely appointed big sister.

As I said during the baptism ceremony, I don’t know what God has in store for the rest of the teenagers in the world today; but, I know that He has huge plans for this one. I know that God has big plans for her; because, the story of her past, the story of her present, and the story of her future is this: nothing is impossible with God.

As for my little girl…the little girl who prays big things: I think we can all learn a valuable lesson from her: don’t be afraid to pray for big, audacious, impossible things.

Nothing is impossible with God.