Philippians 2:13 – “for it is God who works in you to will and to act in order to fulfill his good purpose.”
My husband and I were stunned; although, knowing God, we really shouldn’t have been, I suppose. He had spoken the same message to us individually, and when we learned that He was calling us to do this, we were at once overjoyed and terrified. This story of God’s faithfulness and grace in us is just one of millions – stories that speak to the magnificence of our great Savior, who, at great cost to Himself, died for us, suffered the wrath of God for us, that we might be restored to a relationship with Him. We add our story to the collection.
On a Sunday morning in November 2013, while worshiping the Lord with some of our brothers and sisters in Christ, our pastor read a passage from Isaiah. It is one that many know well. Isaiah saw God (6:1-4), and then he saw himself in light of the knowledge of God. Sinful, unworthy (6:5). And then… “one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.” Then I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” And I said, “Here am I. Send me!””
When I heard that passage of Scripture, there was one, immediate thought that popped into my head. “Maybe it is time. Time to get started.” A little surprised, and believing that God’s Spirit was at work within me, I scribbled a note to my husband, expecting him to nod and smile, perhaps. Maybe agree nonchalantly that, “Yes, let’s start talking.” His response floored me. It wasn’t just an agreement, but a tears-in-his-eyes, God-spoke-that-to-me-as-well, revelation sort of moment. We knew that God was speaking to us. He was calling us to move. And that humbled us to our core. “God, why us? We don’t deserve this! And can we do it? We don’t have the resources!” These were our immediate responses.
Over the next few weeks of praying and talking, God continued to confirm that we won’t be able to do it, and that might just be partly why He wants to use us. To show His glory, to receive all the glory for what He is doing, and what He is about to do, in our family’s life (2 Cor. 4:6,7). Treasure in jars of clay.
Soo, Tim and I are beyond thrilled to announce…
Lord-willing, we are going to be parents!!!! We are answering the call of God upon our lives to adopt two children – hopefully from India, and we couldn’t be more excited (and yes, a little terrified)!!!
When I used to think of being a mommy, I thought of children who looked like us, acted like us. When I think of being a mommy now, I dream of children with a darker complexion than mine, who may act totally different than I ever did. And I rejoice. I rejoice in the work that God has been doing for a long time in our hearts, but that we didn’t recognize until recently. I rejoice that by God’s grace, we will have the privilege of being parents to two precious kids who have a different cultural and geographical background from our own. I rejoice that, in the middle of this intense suffering in two kiddos’ lives, God is about to bring restoration. He will put back a missing piece of two childrens’ lives by placing them in our family. This is our hope and prayer as we begin the process of adoption.
So, today, we rejoice!
-Please join us by praying for our children. They are most likely alive, as we are requesting children 8 years old or under. Please pray that God will watch over them, feed them and clothe them, and place them in a safe place where they are well cared for.
-Pray that God will move in people’s hearts to give financially toward our adoption. It will cost anywhere between $40,000 – $50,000 and we do not have that kind of money, unfortunately. But God does, and we are confident that He will supply all that we need to bring our kids home and care for them! Pray for His financial provision.
-Paperwork is no fun at all! And international adoption comes with a TON of paperwork to fill out! Pray that God will give us the determination and stamina to gather all the required documentation that we need, and to fill everything out correctly!
Thank you, friends, we look forward to sharing more with you about God’s work in our lives through adoption!
“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be the glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” -Eph. 3:20,21