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!

It’s Christmas

tree 2012Christmas ……We can’t believe it is that time already!  This year has been so full…….of paperwork!!  It seems that we haven’t had time to take a breath since we started the application process to Lifeline Children’s Services in May.  Wow!  The amazing thing is……we are just weeks away from traveling to Hungary to meet our children and bring them home!!!

We sat by our beautiful tree last night, drinking hot chocolate and eating chocolate chip cookies (My Tony makes awesome Cocoa and Cookies!) and we talked and dreamed about next month.  If everything goes according to plan we will be meeting our kids in less than 5 weeks!  This has been an amazing journey!  God has blessed us all along the way.  Every time we have a payment due or a fee to pay, God has brought precious people along who have blessed us financially.  Every time we have had a need, God has been right there to provide, just in time!

We were talking last night, about how Jesus was adopted by Joseph.  Joseph raised Jesus as his own son.  And if Jesus had not come to earth as a baby, we would not have been adopted as God’s very own children – His sons and daughters.  We are so blessed to be a part of the miracle of adoption as God’s kids and so blessed that He chose us to adopt these precious children from Hungary.  We look forward to sharing this story and God’s abundant love with our son and daughter.

In a few weeks, the miracle of a family will take place.  God has already placed such love for these children in our hearts.  We have made all of the preparations that we can and have worked so hard to make a special place for them.  It has been a joy to do so.  As we think of that, we pause and think of what joy it gave Father God to send His son to earth for us.  We think of the joy that He takes in preparing things for us.  And we think of how often we forget to be grateful for all that He has done.  As we prepare to be parents and experience such joy and overwhelming emotions, we know that it doesn’t even begin to compare to how much God loves us, His children.  Wow!  Father God, watches us daily, waiting for us to look in His direction and spend a few moments with Him.

manger 2So, as Christmas approaches, don’t forget to pause before your Father in Heaven Who loved you so much, He gave you all He has!  God bless each of you as you celebrate the wonderful miraculous gift of Jesus!!!!!

I once was lost……….

This mornings service at church was awesome.  My husband is the pastor, so I am a little partial to his sermons, but as always, it was great!

His scripture this morning was Ezekiel 34: 1-16.  I was inspired by the message and thought I would share it.

And the Word of the Lord came to me saying.  Son of man, prophesy against the shepherds of Israel.  You eat the fat, you clothe yourselves with wool, but you do not feed the sheep. (There seems to be a sheep theme lately.  Read God provides the grass we need.)

The diseased and weak you have not strengthened, the hurt and crippled you have not bandaged, those gone astray you have not brought back, the lost you have not sought to find, but with force and hardhearted harshness you have ruled them.  (This describes how many orphans and children on the streets are treated)  And they were scattered because there was no shepherd, and when they were scattered they became food for the wild beasts of the field.  My sheep wandered through all the mountains and upon every high hill.  My sheep were scattered upon all the face of the earth and no one searched or sought for them.

11  For thus says the Lord God.  Behold, I Myself, will search for My sheep and will seek them out.  As a shepherd seeks out his sheep in the day that he is among his flock that are scattered, so will I seek out My sheep and I will rescue them out of all the places where they have been scattered.  And I will bring them out from the peoples and gather them from the countries and will bring them to their own land and I will feed them…I will feed them with the good pasture and upon the high mountains…

16  I will seek that which was lost and bring back that which has strayed, and I will bandage the hurt and the crippled and will strengthen the weak and the sick……

 

I pray daily for the orphans and the children who are in some kind of bondage or who are living in the streets.  This scripture gives me so much hope.  I long to love and care for the orphans, but even more than I long to do so…..Jesus does.  God will heal them and will look for them and will rescue them!  God’s heart breaks for these, His children.

Today, Tony used this scripture to remind us that we are to care for all of the outcast among us.  If there is someone who is hurting, sick, lonely, hungry, etc, we are to reach out and care for them.  Every day, God puts someone in our path that He wants to love through us.  We are called to be the hands and feet of Jesus.  Not everyone is called to care for the orphans, but you can help support someone who is called to care for the orphans (God’s Heart: Adoption).  Not all of us are called to minister to the elderly, but we can pray for them, send a card, or support someone who cares for them.  Not everyone is called to be an evangelist, but we can love those around us, even if they are considered unlovely by the rest of the world.  As the body of Christ, we are to be taking care of each other, and especially the lost sheep.  God doesn’t give up on anyone!!!!

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 Heart: Adoption [video]

Every 2 seconds an orphan dies of malnutrition.

Every 2.2 seconds a child ages out of the system (orphanage – age 16 and foster care age 18) and has no place to go, no skills, and no one to turn to. They are given about $20 and sometimes a ride to the shelter.

One study reported that of 15,000 orphans aging out of state-run institutions every year, about 1,000 committed suicide, 5,000 were unemployed, 6,000 were homeless and 3,000 were in prison within three years…

 According to the “Pew Forum on Religion and Public Life,” in 2010 there were 2.18 billion Christians around the world, nearly a third of the global population. 

So if there are so many Christians in the world, why are there so many orphans, and so many people alone and suffering????

Matthew 25: 35-36
For I was hungry and you gave Me food, I was thirsty and you gave Me something to drink, I was a stranger and you brought Me in and welcomed Me, I was naked and you clothed Me, I was sick and you visited Me.

information taken from “Facts and Statistics” from “Orphan Hope International”