My house is quiet as I sit here looking through pictures of children from the orphanage where the rest of our family is. I scan the photos looking for a familiar face but don't find one. What I do see is precious children waiting for someone to love them, waiting for someone to wrap their arms around them and tell them that they are precious, that they are loved, that they are not forgotten, and again I'm am filled with compassion for these children. I am in awe of God's great love for us and I am again reminded that we can make a difference in one child's life.
It's hard to explain the emotions that consume you when you decide to take a leap of faith and adopt a child. It's hard to explain how the trials in life and the ups and downs of adoption can bring you face to face with your sin and then drive to the foot of the cross again and again and again.......I am constantly amazed at the depth of sin in my life and am reminded of the fact that without Christ I have nothing to offer. So I pray for God's healing, I pray for His patience as we wait, and I thank the LORD for the blood spilled at Calvary for my sin and the sins of the whole world. I thank Him that I am declared righteous through the shed blood of His son and I Praise His Holy Name that He chose to take the punishment that I so deserved. LORD keep me in the fire for as long as it takes but LORD PLEASE don't let it take too long..........
As far as waiting goes, we wait. We wait for appointment times, we wait for forms to arrive, we wait, and we wait, and we wait. It's seems like forever but it hasn't even been a year. When you have pictures and names and medical information the wait seems so much longer. I just want to wrap my arms around a child in need and tell them that they are a part of our family a family who will love them and care for them and point them in the direction of their loving Saviour. I can hardly wait to bring you home!
My Mum has her fingerprinting appointment on December 17, that seems like eons away. The other two families that made the paperwork deadline along with us are traveling to Haiti on December 11 and I can't help but feel left behind. I know that's not the case and God has much greater plans than I do but I so want to travel to Haiti to meet our family. As soon as that fingerprinting is done and we receive the form from USCIS Michelle will make our appointment in Haiti and we too will get to travel. In the meantime we will wait and trust that God's timing is best. I will try not to control things to get my way because I know my way is NOT the best way. Thank you for praying for us, we need it and please continue to do so.
"Trust in the LORD with all your heart and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him and He will make your paths straight." Proverbs 3:5-6
We are no longer orphans because of what God did for us. With one simple act of obedience our sins were forgiven at the cross. So what are we doing with the gift of salvation through Jesus Christ? Our family has decided to take a step of faith and do what He's called us to do, to take care of widows and orphans. Our journey starts with adoption.