A Prayer for my children

Family handsFather, I thank you for blessing our lives with Dorina and Tibi.  Father, I thank you, that before time began, you had planned for us to be a family.  Thank you for all of the little things that you did throughout our lives to prepare us for the moment that we would be a family.  Your timing is so beautiful and so perfect and I thank you!

Father, I thank you for our dear, sweet, precious Dorina!  Thank you for her love of life!  Thank you for the way she bounces into a room and sings with all of her heart to You!  Thank you for the way that she goes full force when she is happy!  Thank you for her joy.  Thank you for the way that she fills a room with joy!  Thank you for her sweet and precious hugs and the way she is such a wonderful helper.  Father thank you for her servant attitude and her joy in serving.  Father, thank you for her leadership and even for her stubbornness.  Thank you that you will use that stubbornness to Your glory!  Father, I ask that you would take her stubbornness and turn it into a beautiful thing.  Help her to be stubborn to follow after you and not be led astray.  Father, help her to always follow hard after you and not be tempted to follow those around her.  Father, ignite a fire in her to always serve You and sing Your praise all of her days.  Father, prepare her to be the leader that you want her to be.  Father, nurture her joy and servants heart.  Father, help us, as her parents to nurture all of the gifts and talents that you have placed within her.  Father give us daily guidance and wisdom to lead and guide her.  Father, give her a pure heart.  Father, keep her eyes and heart fixed on you.  Father, give her peace when things are difficult.  Give her grace to face each situation that comes into her life.  Help us to be patient and lead her in grace and truth.  Father, help us all to always cherish one another and our time together.  Father, surround her with your presence and your love to guide her and guard her all the days of her life.  Father, prepare her for each path that you have for her.  Prepare her to be a teenager – and prepare us for that too!  Prepare her to be a wife and mother someday if that is your will for her.  Father, prepare her for the career that you have for her to follow.  Father, close all the doors that you do not want her to cross and throw open wide, all the doors that you have for her to walk through.  Prepare the path in front of her and guide her to it and along it.  Father, protect her.  Father put in her path the people she needs to be her encouragers and cheer her on.  Help her to always turn to you and to know that she can turn to us.  Father, help her to always know your great love for her.

Father, thank you for our dear, sweet, precious boy, Tibi!  Thank you for his great mind.  Father thank you for the joy that is evident in his life.  Thank you for the way he is grateful for everything.  Father thank you for the way he sacrifices for others and gives of himself and his possessions.  Father, thank you for the way he always has a song in his heart!  Father, thank you for his clever mind and the way he is able to figure things out.  Thank you for his sweet notes and how he cares about how others feel.  Thank you for his sweet hugs and kisses and affection.  Father, prepare him for each step along the path that you have for him.  Father help him to always love you and follow you.  Father, thank you for the way that He adores you now!  Father, teach him to follow only You and to be a light in the darkness.  Help him to seek you and to share your love with the world.  Father, teach him to focus on You no matter what is going on around him.  Father, give him a pure heart.  Prepare him for the career that you have for him and keep his foot on the path that you have for him.  Swing open wide the doors that you have him to walk through and close the doors that he is not to pass through.  Give him wisdom to know the difference.  Father, prepare him to be a teenager and to make pure and holy choices as he seek You – and prepare us to lead and guide him through his teenage years and all of his years.  Father, prepare him to be a husband and a father, if that is your will.  Father, teach him to be a faithful friend, but one who seeks to follow you.  Father, give him discernment and help him to desire to make right choices.  Father, help him to always be full of love and joy and give him peace and comfort for the hard times.  Father, give him all the love and affection he needs from You and surround him with faithful friends.  Father, protect him.  Give him the encouragement and love that he needs each day.  Father, give us wisdom and discernment to lead and to guide him along the way each day.

Father, thank you for all the wonderful and amazing things that you are doing and that you will do through our precious children.  Father, give us wisdom each day as we guide and mold our children to be like You.  Father – father us all.  Help us to lean all of ourselves on You and trust You to make us into the people that you have for us to be.  Father, help us to come to You daily to fill us and help us to be Your light in this world!  We love you Lord!

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!

Matched!

We have been matched!  God is bringing a beautiful 6 year old girl named Dorina and a handsome 5 year old boy named Tibor  into our family!  We are so very excited!  We are head over heals in love with these beautiful children!  We have seen their pictures, medical reports and a few videos of them!  We get chills and tears every time we look at their beautiful faces!!!!  We have been preparing their room and gathering the things we need for them.  We have been having such fun!  We are almost finished with their room!  These are the very special bears we made at Build A Bear workshop for our kids!  We can’t wait to give the bears to our precious children!

We need your help and prayers!  We will be traveling in mid January (God willing).  That is a few months sooner than we had anticipated.  This is wonderful news and we are so excited!  We are working to get everything in order for the trip to Hungary.  We would appreciate greatly your prayers as we prepare.  We also need your help in getting the funds we need to travel.  We will have to have the funds in late December which is quickly approaching.  We also found out that Hungary will require about $9000 more than we expected.  We are confident that God will provide!  We are trusting Him to bring in all of the funds at just the right time!  He has brought us this far!  We thank you for your prayers!  Please share our blog, facebook page, and story and help us raise the funds we need to go get our son and daughter!  We are still in need of about $33000.  Thank you and God bless you!

I will post more soon about the exciting things that we have done to prepare for our son and daughter!  God bless!