Tuesday, December 20, 2011

Answers and Room Four More

We have entered into a new chapter of our journey. God has been stretching our hearts, increasing our faith and equipping us to step out with supernatural courage. 

 "Not by might nor by power, but by my Spirit,' says the LORD Almighty." (Zechariah 4:6)

"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be terrified; do not be discouraged, for the LORD your God will be with you wherever you go." (Joshua 1:9)

About a month ago, we came across 4 children from Ghana, Africa.  God began impressing on our hearts to pursue these children.  With many questions, praying and ALOT of processing, we stepped out in obedience.

"Whether you turn to the right or to the left, your ears will hear a voice behind you, saying, "This is the way; walk in it." (Isaiah 30:21)

So in faith and complete humility, we "walked in it."  We sent our petition to our Adoption Agency and they have agreed to let us move forward and adopt these children with the exception of minor details that need to be done. 

The journey is just beginning.....
 we still have ALOT ahead of us....
and it won't be smooth sailing...

BUT...we know that we have stepped out in obedience to God and that He WILL equip us every step of the way.

Out of complete honesty, I hesitated to share all of this on my blog. It is my pride that doesn't want to share the details until we get to the end of the story. But it just wouldn't be the same. 

We covet your prayers. We want to embrace community to join us on this journey to bringing these children home.  Most of all, we want you to witness God's amazing power in all of this because ultimately this is ALL about Him and not about us.

It is a humbling place to be.  Although we have always asked God to open our home and family to welcome as many orphans as He would entrust us with, we know we can't do this without Him.  We are just a couple of people that are trying to live a life of obedience to our Heavenly Father.

Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Waiting for answers

These past several days have been filled with waiting for answers.
Thankfully, we HAVE received some answers, but these answers have required us to wait for MORE answers....

the wait just becomes waiting for more waiting. 

 It's interesting how often times in life we think or hope that all of our answers are right around the corner. It can be disappointing at times and yet sometimes the waiting for more waiting can produce more courage and perseverance. I am dying to know the answer - is it yes or no? Should we turn right, left or continue to go straight?

Will we find out next week or will next week's response require us to act on something so we can wait another week longer. 

I want to know NOW!

That's how I really feel...
and yet, honestly.... I do feel at peace that every second, minute, day of waiting is all worth it.
 None of it is wasted.  We act and react when we need to and we sit and be still when there is nothing to do but....

wait. 

Monday, December 5, 2011

Obedience

Sometimes God asks us to do things that absolutely make no sense to us. Just like He asked Noah to build an ark in the middle of the desert or calling Abraham at 75 years old to lead His people to the promise land or even asking Joshua to lead the Israelities to march around the walls of Jericho 7 times.
I have never been able to imagine being in their place....and yet here I am now. 

God has redirected our adoption journey from Ethiopia to Ghana. It's not been as easy as it sounds.. .and yet.. we are at peace because we know that we are just being obedient to His calling. 

There are too many details waiting to unfold... alot of waiting and praying.

God has required much more from us... stepping out, finding our voice and really stretching our faith.
To be honest, I was comfortable with where I was at.  I was okay with waiting for the "placement phone call."  Occasionally I would get ancy and want some sort of a timeline, but for the most part I was content.
In the midst of my contentment, I was also sensing that God was asking us to step out and act out in faith.
There were alot of questions and yet we had to discipline ourselves to listen.

As excited as we are, our hearts are sad as we move out of the Ethiopia program.  Over the past several years, we have invested so much into this country and praying for every child there that is longing to belong to a family. Even though we have changed programs, our hearts will always be there.  Since we don't know the ending, we can't question God and His ways.  Our time and money invested towards Ethiopia wasn't wasted, it was part of our journey.

Our boys have been slightly confused and refuse to stop praying for Ethiopia. They have just added Ghana to their prayers.  Our hearts and prayers for Africa have been stretched from East to West.

Some encouragement God has given me within this past month:

Jeremiah 55: 8,9,11
" As the heavens are higher than the earth,
so are my ways higher than your ways
and my thoughts than your thoughts.
As the rain and the snow come down from heaven,
and do not return to it
without watering the earth and making it bud and flourish,
so that it yields seed for the sower and bread for the eater,
so is my word that goes out from my mouth;
it will not return to me empty,
but will accomplish what I desire
and achieve the purpose for which I sent it."