Monday, March 15, 2010

Memorial Box Monday-We Didn't Provide Funds, God Did....

Most of you know that our family was formed in a unique and original way.

Yet, since God adopted me as His daughter, it actually runs in the family.

"He predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will." Ephesians 1:5

Our family is colorful, not only because we're a little "different" (as my crazy friend loves to say), but because God has painted our family is such an brilliant way.

Yet bringing this family together, well...to most it may have seemed insane. How could a family with three children afford the cost of international adoption? How could they do it again...and again?

I'm here to tell you today, in my Memorial Box, that God works. He works in ways we could never fathom. People can chalk it up to sweet spirits, or altruistic humans, but God has worked...no that's not the right word...blessed our family more than we could ever imagine. Today, well today took the cake, but it's not where I want to start. This "Memorial Box" just can't be about one instance of God's blessing, but how God brought our children home.

We know financial need. We all have times where we juggle, pull out our hair, or feel like we're coming unglued as the bills pile up or everything in your house falls apart at once. Let me tell you, that doesn't stop during an adoption.

It started when we adopted Max from Russia. Money wasn't there, but my husband and I both had a very deliberate leading from God that we were supposed to adopt. We knew our son was in Russia, but the process and paperwork was a little daunting. Beyond that, the cost made us feel like the air was sucked out of the room. Yet we knew that God had our backs, fronts, sides, and all over. We knew we could not limit God.

"I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Matthew 17:20b-21

We cashed out IRA's (yes, we knew this would have people in shock). We took everything we had, but it still wasn't enough. Yet God moved.

My favorite story is of a woman. A woman who was a new member of the Church I grew up in. She had converted from Judaism and found a relationship with Christ. I didn't know know her. We'd never met. Yet one day we received a check for $1000 in the mail. She had heard of our plight and knew the need of orphans around the world and specifically our family. Money came in like this all through our adoption with Max...God provided yet again.



Yet could we expect this from God again? Announcing the adoption of our fifth child met with a lot of concern. Concern and questions, "Are you sure? What about your health? What about saving for the future? I'm afraid your kids won't get enough attention." That last one (maybe not the best thing to do) made me laugh. These were legitimate concerns. We really respect the love these concerns came from. Yet, God had led us again and we didn't doubt for a SECOND that God had a new blessing in mind for us.

Money, money stressed us out though. We didn't want to struggle or wait for the funds (Pride?). This is where we made our mistake, we took out a loan. For us, this was human fear conquering our trust in God. This is my ONLY regret in our adoptions. That we didn't just trust and let God provide. You see, God didn't mean for us to be in debt. Bekah would have come home without a loan, but our humanness overrode trust. Yet, even in our fallibility, God STILL provided. We didn't provide, but God did.

When we got notice that it was time for travel we only had two weeks notice....two weeks. Every flight sold out, except for flights with a million stops (seriously) or the tickets on more expensive airlines. We were about $2000 short. Someone heard this and immediately handed over $2000. Almost no one I know of (including this person) had an extra $2000. Yet...God prompted and He provided.

"Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; he who seeks finds; and to him who knocks, the door will be opened." Matthew 7:6-8



Announcing the adoption of our twins left many speechless. Adopting again? Two? Yet this time we stepped forward with much more confidence. We knew that the ONLY way these twins would be propelled into our arms was God. There wasn't extra money for a loan, and actually we wouldn't even consider it (we saw our mistake). We knew to trust God. Was it daunting? Weirdly enough it wasn't?! We knew God had/has a purpose.

We started with our tax return being bigger than we expected and then my husband's bonus the biggest ever. Then checks started showing up at our agency from friends and then a donation from a complete stranger. Next was a yard sale. We shared with everyone that we would welcome any used and discarded things around their houses. Yes, we had to convince some that the donations truly would bless us and not hinder us. The items poured in...and poured, and poured, and poured. We were stunned. We had SO much left even after the second yard sale (though we had sold a ton). As we counted and counted, we couldn't believe the total. The first and second yard sales raised over three thousand dollars. This was beyond what we hoped for. This was just beyond....but it wasn't beyond our Heavenly Father.

This is what our house looked liked before our SECOND sale. There wasn't room in the garage to put everything.



Yet today...today God did it again. It was time for a bonus, but with the economy we weren't sure we'd get much of one. God knew. God provided...big time! More than we expected.

Our Father worked again today. This one will go in the "Memorial Box".

"May the peoples praise you, O God; may all the peoples praise you." Psalm 67:3

"I will praise you, O Lord my God, with all my heart; I will glorify your name forever." Psalms 86:12

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This is my very first "Memorial Box Monday". If you would like to read exactly what a memorial box is (or celebrate your "Memorial Box"), please go to "A Place Called Simplicity".
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CONDENSED and VERY SPECIFIC PRAYER REQUEST LIST

1. We are praying for the lawyer and his conviction when He sees our children's faces.
2. We are praying for paperwork to be perfect and present.
3. We are praying for a quick court date.
4. We are praying for those relinquishing...for their spirit, hope, God's peace. We are also praying they are able to be present with the correct identification.
5. We are praying for the judge and that he sees the need to pass us the first time we come to court and the papers are sped to the embassy where we receive a very quick embassy date.
6. We are praying that we are able to travel in April, not for convenience, but to know our children are safe during elections in Ethiopia and to have confidence they are where they are supposed to be...forever (as long as God loans our children to us on this earth). We know God's timing is WAY better than ours though.
7. Most importantly we are praying that our twins are warm, comforted, loved, held, that angels are surrounding them, that God's hand is upon them...and the list goes on and on.
8. We are also praying that God blesses us financially and the funds flood in for travel.
9. Lastly, please pray for peace for our hearts as we wait (it's not easy after seeing their faces :)).

PRAYERS FOR OTHERS
Please continue to pray for a few others that, in their situations, governments (and mountains) need to move to bring their children home.
Please pray for Daniel, Junior and Diamoh (Liberia).
Please pray for Olivia Mame (Ethiopia)
Please pray for Rolando and Julia (Guatemala)

Please pray for my sweet friend (God knows her name) whose domestic adoption failed yesterday. Please pray for comfort for the family.

Please pray for "The Covering" in Sierra Leone. Please pray they get the funds, supplies, and sponsorships needed to support these wonderful blessing that are being admitted (see previous post).

Please pray for "Motherly Care" in Kenya as they struggle. Please pray sponsorship is found for this orphanage.

Please also pray for healing for three little girls with Leukemia, Abby, Tatum, and Elke. Abby has has been in this battle and is fighting as we speak. Her courage has been amazing. You can find out about Abby by clicking on the button on the right side of our blog

2 comments:

  1. What a beautiful story of how GOd has provided for you throughout all your adoptions so far and now with your twins you will soon bring home. I just love hearing these reminders of our loving God!

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  2. i love it. i love seeing GOD get these kids HOME! Thank you for going out and finding YOUR kids!!!

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