Lies, Lies, Lies.
As I was thinking about these particular ideas I realized that I was coming at this from the total wrong angle.
And so I prayed that she would receive his blessing like a child. As a gift. Simply thankful to have been chosen for the blessing.
And with this knowledge, worship is the only natural response. Worship of the one who loves us, redeems us, and blesses us JUST as we are.
...And then starts the beautiful work of making us more like Jesus. Sanctification.
May we receive his goodness in this way. Not tied to actions, or our past, or our present, or the labels we like to give ourselves...
but simply because of who HE, is.