Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Clowns (AHHHH!) and Trusting God

I feel like the two sides of a coin today. I feel kind of like the clown ( and I HATE clowns) with half my face happy and half sad (really it would be a stressed face, but I’m not sure what “stressed” would look like on a clown). A feeling of being overwhelmed has hit me today.

The first reaction of some will be, “And your adopting two more?”. It doesn’t have a whole lot to do with the children directly. I am stressed over something that I am almost never stressed over…money.

A couple extra expenses presented themselves and I’m at a loss how to proceed. It’s not adoption related, but life related. It’s an expense that is normally an easy fix in a typical year. This isn’t a typical year. Stop laughing that I said ANYTHING about our family is typical.

Any prayers are greatly appreciated.

On the “happy” side of the clown, our paperwork from California (that was supposed to take a long time) came in yesterday. We had only sent it off just a couple of weeks ago and here it sits in our hands complete. Also, USCIS (Immigration) paperwork went out today. This is one of the final steps that allows us to complete the paperwork that goes to Ethiopia. This is a waiting step. We wait for an invitation to go get fingerprints and we then wait for paperwork that says we are approved. This CAN be a long wait…we are praying (very literally) it’s a short one.

So you see why I feel a little like the two faced clown (those guys are just scary).

In all this stress, God spoke to me through a puppet (come on, you always knew I was weird). As I sat at VBS yesterday, I heard the kids youth minister talking to a puppet. Yes, there was an audience…I don’t believe he does that alone very often anymore :). They chatted about how walking around the walls of Jericho seemed like a silly thing to do and sometimes things God tells you to do may seem silly to others, BUT when we listen to God He brings the walls down. A goofy puppet and a hilarious Youth minister spoke to me through a skit to teach children. God has and will bring the walls down for all of us….we just need to listen, act, and trust Him.

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Please continue to pray with us as we bring our twins home from Ethiopia...
Please Pray…..
*For these little ones God has chosen to place in our family…for their physical and emotional health in a difficult place.
*For their biological family…that God has His hand on them and brings them peace in whatever they must face.
*That God has His hand on this adoption, guiding us, bringing peace, and financially providing. That the funds pour in like water in a surge of blessing.
*Currently we are in the paperwork stage in which many issues can occur. Please pray that God has His hand on our paperwork and that it gets done and processed quickly and correctly.
*Last, though it may seem a bit premature, please specifically pray that once we are referred our little ones, that they come home quickly and pass court the first time (many are starting to have multiple court dates and a LONG wait until travel). The Ethiopian government is being very cautious and caring with their wonderful children though and for that we are so thankful.

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