He brought me up also out of an horrible pit, out of the miry clay and set my feet upon a rock, and established my goings.
Psalm 40:2

I would not be where I am today if not for my ROCK, Jesus Christ. He truly can bring you from the depths and set your feet upon a rock-HIM!

He has done it for me. He is what gets me through. Thank you Jesus.

Tuesday, July 26, 2011

119 on the waitlist

We are on the waitlist! #119 for a girl. Thanking, praising and glorifying God! Its been a journey. We filled out our application to adopt in December of last year. We worked to compile our homestudy documents and had 4 homevisits from our social worker(Maria from Illini Christian Ministries, who by the way is wonderful). AGCI (our adoption agency) approved it and the state of Illinois had to approve it also. Then we began getting together documents for our dossier and getting them notarized... and notarized and notarized...and notarized. Our agency approved and we were put on the waitlist. God has provided!

We are thinking possibly 18 months (estimate) until we get a referral, then more paperwork, more waiting, traveling to Ethiopia for the first time and meeting our daughter, coming home and waiting, then traveling to finally bring our little girl home. Thank you for praying for us, our daughter and birth parents/caregivers! Keep those prayers coming!

Monday, July 18, 2011

God's Answers to Prayers.

Our Adoption Case manager shared with us the coolest quote:

“God sometimes answers our prayers
by giving us what we would have asked for
had we known what He knows.”

Friday, July 15, 2011

Love is Patient, Love is Kind

God's Perfect Timing

Today's Lesson from God:

Don't run before God, let Him lead, and we follow. His way and His timing are perfect.

"For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways, saith the LORD.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways, and my thoughts than your thoughts." Isaiah 55:8-9

God knows and sees the bigger picture. We just see with our limited teeny pea sized minds.

And He's got it all under control, we don't have to mess with it. What God wants from us is our obedience and He wants us to trust Him. Not to take things in our own hands and do it "faster" or "easier" just because of what we want. Throughout our adoption process, God keeps pressing on my heart that "God Has Perfect Timing". So many things you don't know why happen, just trust.

Day by day, the learning continues.....and I've got a lot to learn.

Monday, July 11, 2011

the bible is ALIVE

Sunday we visited another church for a cousin's baptism. (wonderful testimony, by the way)

Guess what we learned about? Being extravagantly kind to people regardless of how they treat you.

hahahah! (see last post!) God is so cool. The bible is A-L-I-V-E and so relevant to our life.

Friday, July 8, 2011

Praying for rude people

Today, God is teaching me that when someone is outright rude to me (and completely hurts my feelings), I need to pray for him. He could be struggling with major life issues. Maybe his mom just died or maybe he just found out he has cancer or found out his wife was cheating on him. We don't know what's really going on in a person's life. God knows. He loves everyone and He cares about the details of our lives.

Lord, please help this man with his struggles. Give him strength and help him to seek you through hard times. Help me to show him love regardless of how he treats me. In Jesus Name, Amen.

Life is not about us, but reaching out and helping others. Help me to love everyone like you do, Jesus, unconditionally.

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

While I'm Waiting ...

*A song that brings tears to my eyes. A song about waiting, obedience, and trust, being confident in God's plan, worshipping and serving, even when we don't understand. GOD IS FAITHFUL.

I’m waiting
I’m waiting on You, Lord
And I am hopeful
I’m waiting on You, Lord
Though it is painful
But patiently, I will wait

I will move ahead, bold and confident
Taking every step in obedience

While I’m waiting
I will serve You
While I’m waiting
I will worship
While I’m waiting
I will not faint
I’ll be running the race
Even while I wait

I’m waiting
I’m waiting on You, Lord
And I am peaceful
I’m waiting on You, Lord
Though it’s not easy
But faithfully, I will wait
Yes, I will wait

I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting
I will serve You while I’m waiting
I will worship while I’m waiting on You, Lord

song by John Waller