Sunday, April 14, 2013

The Dove (It's Going to Be Ok)

Today we have six days until we hit day zero.  The day we travel to Eastern Europe.

Last night an older child seemed awfully serious.  I pulled them aside later and asked them if something was wrong.  They said, "Noooooo" in a way that let me know something was.  "Would you tell me if there was?" I questioned.  "Maybe, maybe not," they grinned with a slight quirky smile. 

It came out that there was normal concern about our traveling soon. 

There has been more concern (as well as a cheering section) than usual.  Death is very crisp and real to us.  We've always "known" the reality that we never know the number of our days...

...but never "KNOWN". 

We've lost in an awful way before.  It's been painful, but this.....

Last night, after praying with and talking with our child, I curled up in my bed and the fear hit.  The fear that we NEVER know the number of our days.  That's just NOT something I normally fear...ever.  God has us.  Our children are His.  Our very lives are His.

"For God gave us not a spirit of fearfulness; but of power and love and discipline." 2 Timothy 1:7

As I woke up this morning (a little earlier then normal) we readied the house for work.  This is not something we normally do on Sundays. 

Three of our precious friends go to the same Church.  This Church had their service day today.  They worshipped for 30 minutes, then they left to serve their brothers and sisters.

We are their brothers and sisters.

One of the groups came to our house to work.  With one week until Eastern Europe, there's many things we needed to do to make our house run better.

A team of 10-12 came to our house at 10 am.  I stayed home with the littles, as Thomas was serving at Church this morning. 

They worked on our lawn, our over grown trees, pulled two dying bushes, weeds, a toilet that hadn't worked right in two years (which is fun with our overflowing blessings), light covers, fixed our broken lawn mower, a light that hasn't worked since we moved in 13 years ago, and the newly dripping sink.  I'm sure I forgot something.  MAJOR blessing....

AND they fixed lunch. 

It was a surprise today that filled all our hearts.  It was a gift from God that took all fear that had filled me the night before...and from this point on (said with a prayerful heart).

When Jonathan died for the first we saw a Dove.  In thirteen years here we have not seen one.  It was as if God gave us a little bit of comfort.  We hadn't seen it since.

Mid morning I got called out front.  They had found a Doves nest...a Dove's nest with two eggs...TWO.

They had found it because the mother Dove would fly out of the bush and then fly right back in.  It kept on checking on it's babies. It wouldn't leave it's babies.

As we went online to see when we could expect the eggs to hatch we found out some amazing information.  Apparently there are many kinds of Doves.  Of ALL the kinds of Doves that God could have sent..... 

We have a Mourning Dove.


"About Benjamin He said:
'Let the beloved of the Lord rest secure in Him,
 for He shields him all day long,
and the one the Lord loves rests between His shoulders.'
Deuteronomy 33:12

*Please pray that God sustains Benjamin.  Please pray that He prepares his heart and Ben dreams of us...knowing ways that wouldn't make sense to the world.  Please pray he attaches and learns to love (and learns what family is) quicker than we can fathom.
*PLEASE pray that satan's hands are tied.  He does not want us (or anyone) to enter that village. 

*Please pray that the village gates are “figuratively” thrown down and God’s love floods the streets.

*Please pray our children at home are safe...physically/emotionally/and spiritually.  Attacks on the kids happened last time we were gone on the trip to bring Jael home.  PLEASE cover them. 

*Please pray for my husband and I, for our SAFETY and that we remain WELL.  We are going somewhere VERY rural with no one that speaks English most of the time. 

*Please pray for my mom, brother, and friend as they care for our children (safety, smoothness, etc.)

*NEW~ Please pray that we are able to complete the adoption in only two trips.  Please pray that both trips have a speed that can only be explained as a blessing of God.

*That ALL paperwork needed is sped (by God's Will) in country (with NO hiccups).

*Please pray that we are able to get court QUICKER THAN EVER IMAGINED on trip one.  Please pray that court goes EXTREMELY easy and quick.  It doesn't always.
*Please pray for comfort as we continue to mourn Jonathan.
*Please pray for us to have a connection with the head of the institution.  Our feelings are raw, but we know that they have limited resources and we pray we can make a difference in the lives of these boys.  God has given us a love for the head of the institution and the caregivers.  Also, please pray for our connection to those in the village.

*Please pray the trip  itself is smooth.  There are NO issues.  That every blip, every ironed out before us.


  1. What a incredible blessing of fellow believers to come serve! What a great idea for a church!!! <3 and ohhhh how God shows himself is just amazing! Doves, really? Wow! And two sweet eggs!!! HE is so good!

  2. Devoted in prayer to Jesus, for you ALL:')

  3. Tear.
    God is so good. Speaking through His people and His creation.


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