Miracles of God

family churchThe journey to adopt that we have been on has been a roller coaster of emotions, paper work, information, deadlines, finances, etc.  But every step of the way, God has been faithful!  Not in our time mind you, but always according to His plan and His time.

The last two weeks we have been frantically looking at our finances and knowing that if God did not do something, we would not have the money we needed to go get our kids this month.  We prayed and worried and trusted and prayed and quoted scripture and waited on God.  When God prompted us to move or fill out something or call someone, we did.  As I stated in an earlier post, Pathways for Little Feet was one of our answers to prayer.  Then, last night, we got another email from a group that we had applied to for a grant/loan.  Orphan Advocates in Dothan had prayed and felt led to give us the rest of the money we needed to pay for the adoption!  We were in tears as we rejoiced and praised God for His miraculous provision!  We knew that our children belonged to God and that He would provide a way for them and He did in a marvelous way!  Thank You Father!

Today, at both churches, we were blessed by so many!  We were showered with love and prayers and blessings as we prepare to leave on Thursday to meet our children and bring them home!

Our journey of adoption has been full of many lessons and miracles and blessings.  We have learned even more about God’s unending, overwhelming love for us and for His children everywhere.  God is so full of grace and love.  He longs to bless us and hold us and meet our needs.  When we lean on Him and trust in Him, we see miracles.  They may not be the miracles that we had planned but they turn out to be even better than we could imagine!

trees clap“For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, declares the Lord. As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways & my thoughts than your thoughts. As the rain and the snow come down from heaven, & do not return to it without watering the earth & 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 & achieve the purpose for which I sent it. You will go out in joy & be led forth in peace; the mountains & hills will burst into song before you, & all the trees of the field will clap their hands.”
Isaiah 55:8-12

family shadowSo we set off.  We leave Thursday for Hungary and we will get to meet our children just a few days after we arrive.  A new adventure begins!  The birth of a family!  We thank You Father God for all that You have done, all that You are doing, and all that You have planned!

God is Faithful

We are busy getting things done to leave for Hungary in less than 2 weeks!  Wow!  We are getting so close!  We have our plane tickets and are making preparations.  We will be changing planes in Germany!  It will be a long day of traveling but we will have a day to rest before we meet our Hungarian Agent who will take us to meet our son and daughter!  Is it possible for the days to drag by and fly by at the same time?!

We have been praying and trusting “God to provide all of our needs according to His glorious riches” and He is faithful.  We were told about Pathways for Little Feet and called them this week.  Robin, the lady on the phone was so sweet and helpful!  She was able to get us an answer in just 4 days!  Pathways is able to help us get some of the money that we need to wire to Hungary!  We do not have all of it yet but we are very close!  We are watching to see what else God will do!  God is so good and we are so thankful!  We know that God will show us the way and provide for us!  God is greater than our need!  God is greater than our worries!

our familyHere is something special we got for Christmas!  A sweet friend from church, made us special ornaments to depict each member of our family.  She is a careful listener and did an awesome job!  We put them in a shadow box so that we can hang them on the wall!  This is our lovely family!

God provides the grass we need for right now

Last night at church we watched a video about Psalm 23.  In the video, we saw a group of sheep being led by a real shepherd in Israel.  Ray Vanderlaan explained in the video that the shepherd, leads the sheep to enough grass to “fill their mouths.”  That means that they get what they need for right now.  The sheep don’t worry, because they know that when they need to eat again, the shepherd will know where to lead them to find food.  The shepherd always leads them to safe water and food when it is time.

We want to be that kind of sheep to our Shepherd.  We want to patiently and trustingly wait on the Shepherd to provide and care for us.  We know that the Shepherd is leading us in this adoption process and He will provide for us as we need it.  Yesterday, we got a call in response to the letters that we sent out.  Another business in Dothan has written a check to sponsor our upcoming Taylor Mason show on November 18th at Harvest Church!  That means that half of our expenses for the show have been provided for by Corporate Sponsors in Dothan!!!!  God has provided!  We still need $2000 to provide for the show, but we know that God will provide the grass we need as we need it!  We are expecting that the money raised from the show will cover our money needed for Hungarian court and travel and expenses while in Hungary.  We also need to make 3 more payments to Lifeline.  But we know that God will lead us to the right place at the right time to meet our needs!  If you would like to help, please see our Donate page or Donate Now button.  We are also working on a puzzle piece fundraiser and will be able to share that with everyone very soon!

We have our last Home Study Visit tomorrow!  Then the waiting begins for all of the government entities to process and approve our paperwork.  That will be the hard part…….we have no control over that part.  But again I am reminded of the sheep and the Shepherd.  The Good Shepherd leads us to the right places at the right time.  The Good Shepherd knows the land – He knows what is ahead.  He knows where the good grass grows and He knows where the safe water is found.  He knows where the rocks and cliffs are and keeps us safe when we listen for His voice and follow Him.

The video mentioned earlier also talked about how the sheep watch the shepherd’s feet.  We are to watch the feet of Jesus and follow after Him.  In the video, it showed how children (young girls) are the shepherdesses that walk behind the sheep and that young teenage boys (under-shepherds) go in front for the sheep to follow, but the father is usually standing nearby watching.  The scripture says that God goes before us, behind us and around us.  He is always watching and caring for us.  One woman in the video said that she felt like the under-shepherd to her children.  That she should be the example of the feet to follow for her own children.  That is so true.  God is entrusting these siblings to our care.  What an honor and privileged!  We have to walk in such a way that our children can imitate our feet to know and be like Jesus.

 

In the video, Ray Vanderlaan also took his group to see an Acacia tree.  The Bible talks about a tree that is growing in the streams of water in Psalm 1.  But Ray takes them to a tree in a dry valley.   This area is flooded by water only during a heavy rain that runs down the mountain and fill the valley.

This doesn’t happen often, but it means that there is water running under the ground in this valley.  This tree has tapped in to the underground water.  There is not any visible water in this picture, but there is evidence of water!  The tree is proof that it has tapped into a stream of water.  Ray Vanderlaan explained in the video that we are to be the evidence that we are tapped into God.  Our lives should be living proof of our loving God.  We should be the fruit that extends to a dying world.  What does that mean?  For us, it means caring for the orphans.  It means loving each other and loving those around us.  It means sharing the love of God in tangible ways every day.   It means that we sink our roots down deep in Father God and spend time knowing Him intimately and deeply.  It means taking time each day to study with our Father and talk to our Father and walk with our Father.  It means trusting and being steadfast in His Word.  It means being a sacrificial example of His love every day.  It means knowing how much Father God loves us.  It means knowing Him and being known by Him.

God’s Provision

We made our first payment to the Adoption agency. Last week we prayed that God would provide for this first payment due before we start the home study. God provided in ways we didn’t expect! God is so good! He knows what we need and prepares the way even before we ask.