Thursday, January 6, 2011

What Our Prayer Request Meant-Answers and a New One

Following God is a stunning path to travel.

That has been the amazing and crazy road we have been on. We always try to follow God, but He had some very clear lessons to share with us recently.

I promised to share with you, when I could, what one of our prayer requests meant.

You may remember this...

"My husband and I, right now, are asking for a direct answer from God. We are asking for something so clear that neither of us can miss it. This is a very specific situation. We don't feel we're supposed to share all the details yet. Depending on the answer, it may change more than just our lives. If you have a moment (or many :)), can you pray with us. Can you pray for direct guidance and God's provision (there is a serious financial aspect involved too), that we may clearly see God's answer, have complete peace, and be able to act immediately."

You see, God had shown us a precious special needs little girl in China. She is beautiful and we were asking God if she was our daughter. Never did God say, "She is your child." clearly (as He had in the past).

After being led to several verses, all that was heard was that we needed to proceed.

This was daunting in itself. I'm ashamed to say that, though there was excitement and honor, there was also fear. I have never been a very fearful person. I know God will provide a way for whatever He asks. When I ask for prayers, it's not out of fear, but out of exhaustion and knowing just how powerful prayers are.

I had this crazy fear of having to figure out finances again. Is that sad or what? Fundraising/tax return/selling things brought our sweet little ones home. It was exhausting, not knowing where it would come from, though.

That thought process in itself was wrong. Fundraising/tax returns/and selling things did NOT bring our babies home, God did. We were willing and going to proceed, but with fear and some panicked feelings.

We eventually got around to seeing exactly what our fears were saying though. We gave it to God and, while praying, began to tentatively progress (still not knowing if this was our daughter).

We requested her file and found (within a day) that she had just been "locked in" by another family. We are so happy and there is not an ounce of regret. SHE IS GOING TO HAVE A FAMILY!!! This was first and foremost our prayer.

God had not told us specifically that she was our daughter, just to proceed.

Why would He do that?
He did that for several reasons we believe.
*We needed to get past our fears and give it to HIM, realizing there is NO need to proceed with fear...ever.
*We needed to be willing to obey. It was kind of an Abraham/Isaac moment. We needed to be willing....
*We needed to prepare for God to show us another of our blessings.

This has been a crazy roller coaster. I wasn't prepared for it so soon after we brought our babies home.

Now. I. Am.....or at least I'm getting there.

I must admit that I do want to be blessed with more children. My heart is especially with some of the special needs children out there.

You know what the hard part of this is for me? The waiting is a killer. The not knowing exactly where or when God will lead us. Will He lead us to another child?

So our prayer request has now changed.

We pray that God shows us our next child. We pray that financially things will fall into place to be able to adopt so that we will not have to wait on any funds (at least initially). We pray for health as we plan for the future. We pray for our future children, our current blessings, and our family...that they may be loved and prepared for another amazing blessing. Especially we pray that whatever happens, it is to God's glory and is HIS will.

So though my mommy arms are very full, I still feel a little sad that they won't be able to comfort another of the orphaned little ones soon and that we won't be expanding our family with the same immediacy. We are assured that God can and does do amazing things AND if it is to His glory, that would be awesome.

We know this is all in God's plan.

Tonight, as we sat down for our family devotional, the Bible was already open. I thought my husband had picked out the verses and just wanted me to read it tonight. When I asked him, he said that he thought I had picked them out. Here is what we read...

"As they were walking along the road, a man said to him, 'I will follow you wherever you go.' Jesus replied, 'Foxes have dens and birds have nests, but the Son of Man has no place to lay his head.' He said to another man, 'Follow me.' But he replied, 'Lord, first let me go and bury my father.' Jesus said to him, 'Let the dead bury their own dead, but you go and proclaim the kingdom of God.' Still another said, 'I will follow you, Lord; but first let me go back and say goodbye to my family.' Jesus replied, 'No one who puts a hand to the plow and looks back is fit for service in the kingdom of God.'” Luke 9:57-62

No looking back.

That's it friends, that's what's been going on here. A little insanity, a little love, some fear and A TON OF FOLLOWING GOD.

Thank you for your prayers as we continue down this very cool road.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding;
in all your ways submit to him, and he will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6


Prayer Requests:

*Rolando and Julia (Guatemala-It has been over five years.), AND Junior and Diamoh (Liberia) to be able to finally come home to their families and that these countries open to legitimate adoptions.
*Renae-For the continued transition of their sweet family. Their daughter joined their family this year!
*Daniel (Liberia) and Jeremiah (Taiwan)- for their continued health issues. God's blessings and Hand on them and their families.
*Our friend's (unnamed, God knows) foster son, his family, and all who will make or influence decisions on his behalf that God's will be done in every aspect of his life.
*Eliz and her family-Blessings of speed of process and safety for her five fragile sons with Down Syndrome as they wait to bring them home.

Personal Prayer Requests:

*We pray that God shows us our next child. We pray that financially things will fall into place to be able to adopt so that we will not have to wait on any funds (at least initially). We pray for health as we plan for the future. We pray for our future children, our current blessings, and our family...that they may be loved and prepared for another amazing blessing. Especially we pray that whatever happens, it is to God's glory and is HIS will.

*We also ask that you join us in prayer for wisdom and guidance (that we can bring God the most glory) in the career field. We're limited in what we can share, but feel pressed on to pray about both these prayer requests and God knows exactly what we're asking.

*Last, we ask that you pray protection against satan's barbs. Thank you.


7 comments:

  1. Oh. . .
    heart and mind full! I so understand the fear, but I also understand that desire to follow God and leave behind all earthly cares and concerns. He is so good to honor our willingness and fill in the spaces where we lack. "Lord I believe, help thou my unbelief." And He always rewards our small faith as a mustard seed with a larger portion, doesn't He?! He's so good to us and so amazing!!!

    I'm praising with you that this precious little girl has a family and knowing God is growing you through this experience, transforming you into the image of Christ.

    I'm continuing in prayer for you as you travel along this journey. Sending love!!

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  2. 2Timothy 1:7- For God has not given us a spirit of fear,but of power and love and of a sound mind!
    NKJV
    (((HUGS)))
    I went through a huge fear last year but mine was over health. I thought that I'd completely worked through my fears years ago. But it re-visited. satan never rests.UGH!
    You are in our thoughts and prayers always!

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  3. So glad your prayers were "answered":)! Praying for your family as you follow God WHEREVER He leads! With NO fear, only radical faith!

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  4. Praising God with you for this sweet little one in China who found her family! And praying for you to see clearly God's leading and for your courage and faith as you follow. What an adventure he gives us!

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  5. I love reading your blog...Im always so blessed by it!

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  6. How did I miss this post before?!

    Continued prayers, my friend!

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  7. Don't you just love how God uses some special little faces to rock our world and teach us to trust Him.
    Praise God this little girl has her forever family.
    Will be praying for y'all and can't wait to see what God has in store for you next!

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In the joy of following our Heavenly Father, we sometimes choose to proceed with a whisper, a verse, or a downright shove...no matter how we follow Him, the momentum that follows is like nothing we've ever experienced before.

Join the momentum...it is a beautiful place to be. It's not always easy, but then the best things never are.

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