Friday, January 26, 2018
Happy New Year! Yes I am blogging again-a whole year later! Probably because I could not blog about all the bad news and the change of events that had followed our foster care experience. To make a long story short C was reunited with his grandmother! It was very painful...but God blessed us with a puppy and a kitten that year to comfort us through the time of loss. A lot of time went by, a few updates, and prayers concerning C...mostly the why God questions. God stayed silent most of the time but He called me out of the house and out of homeschooling our five kids. I got a job teaching first grade, specifically special needs children and enjoyed our new season very much! Our kids are all attending a Christian private school now, and blooming in every which way. And I have received a lot of great peace and awesome joy. I learned a lot about the Lord gives and takes away moments. I learned about serving more and serving harder, especially serving the children and families in the community. Its blessed me more than I have blessed them. I even began to take down C's room, the canopy, the clothing and toys we'd bought him last Christmas-I felt a great freedom to be honest. And as much as I wanted to give away his 'Thomas the Train' I couldn't. I don't know why...everything else I could part with, just not the trains. I'd have our nephew over and he wasn't that interested in them and so I couldn't keep them for him. I'd just tuck them away and sigh at when I'd be able to send them away to somewhere else. Until one day; we got a phone call for a child who needed a home. We had surrendered our foster care license and so this was unusual and different. This was for a private adoption of a little Chinese boy, from Faith's Province! How could this be? A child, with special needs that we had once checked, 'no'. And so what do you think we said this time? Well, we prayed and prayed first, and then we moved forward with a certain yes!!!! Right now, we're still in the process, and it is all too unreal! His face, his eyes, his heart-our kids' heart for him...its like the perfect fit. All put together by God...all of it, just too incredible for words. Of course I have shortened it quite a bit, but I needed to catch the blog up to speed as to where we are today-one year later. God used all of it...the court battle, the trials of fostering and losing...He used it all for our good...for this child's good. Hallelujah. That's the only word that really sums it up-Hallelujah. He took our shame, pain and healed it and then He sent a baby on the Nile to replace the one He took away for someone else's good. Our baby boy is just under five years old, and he is our miracle for sure. I hope to update you some more...but obviously, there is much to work out as we are not done with the adoption process yet. I pray blessings over all of you. Keep the prayer chain going as He is faithful to hear every one of them. P.S. Guess who likes Thomas the Train? Yep, we have a trains and planes kind of boy! Hallelujah!
Thursday, January 5, 2017
Jeremiah 29:11-13(HCSB) For I know the plans I have for you”—this is the Lord’s declaration—“plans for your welfare, not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope. You will call to Me and come and pray to Me, and I will listen to you. You will seek Me and find Me when you search for Me with all your heart.
Wednesday, January 4, 2017
Exodus 15:16 "Terror and dread fall upon them; By the greatness of Your arm they are motionless as stone; Until Your people pass over, O LORD, Until the people pass over whom You have purchased.
Isaiah 43:1 But now, thus says the LORD, your Creator, O Jacob, And He who formed you, O Israel, "Do not fear, for I have redeemed you; I have called you by name; you are Mine!
John 15:12-15 My command is this: Love each other as I have loved you. Greater love has no one than this: to lay down one’s life for one’s friends. You are my friends if you do what I command. I no longer call you servants, because a servant does not know his master’s business. Instead, I have called you friends, for everything that I learned from my Father I have made known to you.
Micah 6:8 Does the LORD take delight in thousands of rams, In ten thousand rivers of oil? Shall I present my firstborn for my rebellious acts, The fruit of my body for the sin of my soul? He has told you, O man, what is good; And what does the LORD require of you But to do justice, to love kindness, And to walk humbly with your God? The voice of the LORD will call to the city-- And it is sound wisdom to fear Your name: "Hear, O tribe. Who has appointed its time?