Friday, June 9, 2017

Waiting on the Docks....


Setting on my figurative dock...I can almost smell the salt air.  My fishing poll dangling into the water.  Waiting...waiting....


"but those who hope in the Lord
    will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles;

    they will run and not grow weary,

    they will walk and not be faint."

Isaiah 40:31

Waiting for this venture to come to fruition.  Waiting for the line to tug and all pieces will fit together to go get the girls.

There is no knowing when.  So I wait on the dock...

"But as for me, I watch in hope for the Lord,
    I wait for God my Savior;

    my God will hear me."

Micah 7:7

I'm not good with limbo.  I'm really not.  I'm patient most of the time...until something brushes the line and I startle wondering if this is it.

I know I'm talking about the girls a lot, but the knowledge that in mere weeks they will no longer have to wake up in a room full of many cribs...many children....


(with no knowledge of what family truly is)...makes it hard to concentrate.

So we are cleaning, sorting, and are pulling everything out of closets.  It looks like my house threw up.

There is nothing I can do to bring what is now $4060.00.  That is up to God and whose hearts HE stirs...like the water before my imaginary dock.

I think I triggered my VERY occasional asthma (like every couple of years) with all the cleaning...chuckle.  The coughing and tight chest is just is pretty bad and hanging on, but somewhat better now after prayers of my fellow brothers and sisters.  I'm pretty weak and hoping tonight is better.

I enjoy my precious children and grandchildren as days pass.

Alessandra 3 1/2 months old

Isabella 6 1/2 months old

My mind drifts back to the girls.  Everything reminds every one of us of the Grace and Hope.


We may get (suspect we will) our Travel Approval on Tuesday or Wednesday.  At that point we may run to the girls in just two weeks.  Thank you for praying us this far friends.  I can't wait to share the joy of holding these girls with you.  I absolutely WILL blog as much as time and technology allows when the time comes.

Thank you for joining me on the dock, watching the waves...our poles dangling...waiting for God to part the waters before us.


"Then Moses stretched out his hand over the sea, and all that night the Lord drove the sea back with a strong east wind and turned it into dry land. The waters were divided..."
Exodus 14:21

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If you don't know what's going on, please read Mountains Crumble...It Happened!!! Peel Me Off the Ceiling!

If you hear God nudging your heart or speaking to your spirit about helping bring our girls home....

*Feel free to share our need with anyone God leads you to.  We had $100 come in today.  We now only need $3960!  We broke that $4000 barrier!!!

*You can email us at 1thomkat(at)verizon(dot)net and we will share our phone number (if you'd like to chat) or  address.  

*The LifeSong for Orphans online account has been left open until Tuesday, June 13th (when it will be closed) IF that avenue is better (For Grace and Hope).  It IS tax deductible.  There may not be time to mail a check directly to LifeSong, have it processed there, and have it sent to us though.  Giving through them online has a small fee taken out, but is quicker.  Our total will need to reach $11,000 on LifeSong to be fully funded.  

*Our PayPal address can be used (using the "Family and Friends" method) to 1thomkat(at)verizon(dot)net.  

*If you have an idea that may help, please feel free to email us as well. We never know how God may work!!!

Whatever avenue you feel comfortable with, thank you.  
Thank you for answering the call that will change the life of two little girls and our family forever.

  Thank you for the sacrifice...just thank you.

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PRAYER REQUESTS: (They are now all immanent...smile)

1. THAT GOD IS GLORIFIED IN EVERY STEP OF THIS ADOPTION.

2.  I feel a deep need to have everyone join us in prayer for the attachment of our girls.  Please pray they have NO attachment issues and attach to us as a family very quickly.  We have been in the adoption world enough to know severe attachment issues exist.  We pray that GRACE and HOPE have NO issues with attachment...NONE (that God prepares them as well).

. 3. For Grace and Hope, that they are healthy, loved on, and protected. Please pray that they dream of us and attach quicker than ANYONE could imagine.

4.  PLEASE PRAY FOR $3,960 in THREE WEEKS and please pray for those individuals God is touching to help us financially bring home the girls.

5. Please pray for Thomas and I to see clearly where God is leading and what WE are to do.

6.  Please pray that I can fully recover and can gain strength before travel comes (both Thomas and I on the last part...physical strength)

7. That my traveling companion (Amy) and I stay well (completely) within country and are safe....not even a nauseous stomach which commonly happens at least once.

 8. That God uses us/speaks through us while we are there, see what we need to see and doing what we need to do.

9. That our families are safe while we are gone and that it is a peaceful (and safe) time for them.

10. For Timothy's complete healing...and that he has walking and running in his future (smile).  That his pain is minimal.

11. Please pray for the Stewart family as they mourn the loss of their father, grandfather, and great grandfather, uncle, brother, and loved one.


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