Tuesday, April 24, 2012

A Moments Time

Every notice how it can only take a moment for things to change?
One small moment, one little occurrence and your heart can leap with joy, excitement, hope.
One small moment and all your hopes can come crashing down.
Elation. Discouragement. Joy. Happiness. Excitement.
It only takes a moment.

Yesterday was Nick's Birthday (Happy Birthday Sweetie!)
Just as we were getting ready to serve the cake the phone rings.
The caller ID indicates it is our agency calling.
We haven't spoken with them by phone since all of our paperwork was complete (months).

My heart leapt.
Why are they calling? It's Nick's birthday. Lord, could we really receive a match on Nick's birthday?!? No...they aren't calling to give us a referral are they? But they could be. Really God? Today? WOW! Eek!
My stomach is fluttering as I grab the phone and go hide away in the office to take the call
(the only quiet place in the house at this moment)

On the other end of the phone is the director for our program.
She is calling to update us on the status of the program.
(no referral for us! - but that's ok, it was really waaaay to early according to the normal timeline)

She tells us that our new number on the wait list is seventeen.

Wait, weren't we just at 18?
My heart sinks. 
We had been under the illusion that we had moved up to either 15 or 14. 
Not just one little place. 
It is at this moment that my heart and emotions are tempted to come crashing down. 

Crazy how you can be going about your day as normal.
The phone rings, your expectations fly. And then they crash.
Yet moments before your heart had been fine.
Ahh...the beautiful gift of emotions.

While we were disappointed to hear that our family had not progressed much closer in terms of receiving a referral, we are rejoicing that
4 children found their forever families this month.
4 orphans, without a home, without a family, now have a family. Ones to call their own.
Praise You Lord!

So, I hung up the phone, went out to sing a rousing rendition of "happy birthday" to my sweetie and was able to rejoice. For 4 of those who were once fatherless have been given a family to call their own. Our moment will come. Not today. Not tomorrow. But it will come.

Lord we rejoice as your beautiful plan of adoption unfolds. What a privilege it is to be a part of that physical process here on this earth.

Tuesday, April 17, 2012

Warrior Prayer

One of my college suite-mates has just recently began the adoption process. They are adopting from Ethiopia. You are welcome to read more about their journey at The Moseby's
She and her husband recently went to a seminar and here is something she shared on her blog. 
I found it to be challenging and applicable to all parents/grandparents - it is not specifically for adoption. 
1. Pray our child will be saved (become a Christian) at a young age.
2. Pray that our child's annointing will not be bound.  Sometimes we can stifle our child's gifting (anointing), when we need to direct, guide, or redirect them.
3. Pray the full armor of Christ everyday.
4. Pray God's truth over them.
5. Pray that your child will always find the man of peace. (Luke 10:5) This hit me HARD.  I am still processing though. You'll have to wait on my process to hear my thoughts.
6. Accept your unchangeable things so you pray your children see their's as a blessing. This one made me think of the brokenness that leads to adoption.  That will be unchangeable for our child.  We will need to help them heal and then give glory to God for what he has done in their lives.
7. Pray you will always have the heart of your child. Proverbs 23:26. 
This last one hit me double hard!  I will try to explain, because I didn't understand at first.  
We need to live honorable, trustworthy, godly lives.  Our child needs to be able to see our lives and know we are trustworthy. We need to be trusted to guard their heart.  Trusted to lead them.  Trusted to be free around.  This takes a lot of initiative, a lot of pray, and a lot of God's grace!  And, I assume, some days it will take a lot of forgiveness! Knowing that my child will struggle with some different things.  We need to be trusted by our child to help them fight through things and find healing and peace.  
Specific to our child, I have been praying a few other things!
1. I pray for the bio parents.  As I believe our child is unborn, right now, I know they must be going through some pain and confusion.  So, I pray God leads, guides, heals, and helps them make healthy decisions during this time.

2. I pray they, if not already, become followers of Jesus.

3. I pray for the women who will take care of our child in the orphanage.  I pray (beg really!) that she will be a follower of Jesus.  I pray that, as a follower of Jesus, she speaks God's truth over our child.  I pray God shows her how important her job is.  She can be there in person to speak God's healing and acceptance over our lil one!

Wednesday, April 11, 2012

Great is the Lord

We did it!
We did it!!
We did it!!!

I have received confirmation that we did indeed meet our matching grant of $3000!!
That means $3000 raised* + $3000 from grant = $6000!

Great is the Lord and Greatly to be Praised!

Many many thanks to each and every one of you who contributed through prayer and financial resources.
You are a blessing, in more ways than you will ever know.

*I will get the actual total in a few days as they are still processing the funds and are waiting for a few more to arrive by mail. 

Monday, April 09, 2012

So Close!

As many of you know, Lifesong for Orphans committed an Adoption Matching Grant of $3,000 to help us raise the funds necessary to complete our adoption. This means that Lifesong will match "dollar for dollar" everything we raise between now and April 11, 2012 (up to $3,000).

And folks, that deadline is only 2 days from now!!!
(read more about that here)

We are so close to reaching our goal and the time is drawing short.
Would you consider making a gift towards our adoption fund? Be it $5, $20, or $100! Every little bit helps.
(There is a DONATE button at the top of the screen or you can click HERE)

If you would like, you can browse our Fundraising Page. I would be happy to mail you any of the items listed for a donation of the price listed.

We are deeply indebted to all who have donated thus far. Each and every dollar makes a difference. Your time, your prayers and your generous contributions are greatly appreciated.

I trust God will do great and mighty things through this, and all for His Glory!!!