Thursday, June 24, 2010

A Reason for Silence

So sorry for the silence about what is happening on the adoption front.  However, it's purposeful.  We continue to desire your prayer for God's leading for both Reid and myself.

Hoping to mail the I-600A and grant applications by Saturday.  We still do not have our finalized home study in hand.  I doubt it's ever taken anyone this long to complete, but one thing after another has caused delay.  Ugh!  I've been reminded that adoption is not a race, and placing my trust in God is the only spot of safety.  His timing is perfect.

Adopting from Ghana requires great faith.  It's my understanding that this country has only allowed international adoption for less than two years.  Therefore the process is unpredictable and challenging.  As one friend said, "Adopting from Ghana is not for the faint of heart.  Your faith must be strong."

Currently, I am wrestling with God.  Wrestling.  My desire is to wrestle until I am able to step out of the ring with complete peace that we are on the path that God has chosen for us.  I believe He will be faithful to give it. 

I have so many questions that I would like to hear the answer to.  God has met me there and has spoken to my heart saying, "If you are trusting in the answers to the questions, then you are not trusting me.  Trust me, Child."  I've realized that so many of my questions will never be answered until they are experienced.  The responsibility of parenting, shepherding, and loving another child is such a high calling.  I only want to do it well - providing all the child will need - physically, emotionally, medically, financially...  But it will not be "me" who provides these things; it will have to be God.   "Trust me, Child.  Trust me."

At times, I feel we are in a great spiritual battle.  Please pray for our protection.
“But the Lord is faithful, and he will strengthen and protect you from the evil one.”- 2 Thessalonians 3:3

Please pray for Reid and I through the "wrestling." 
How long must I wrestle with my thoughts and every day have sorrow in my heart? How long will my enemy triumph over me?  - Psalm 13:2

  So Jacob was left alone, and a man wrestled with him till daybreak. When the man saw that he could not overpower him, he touched the socket of Jacob's hip so that his hip was wrenched as he wrestled with the man.  Then the man said, "Let me go, for it is daybreak."

  But Jacob replied, "I will not let you go unless you bless me." The man asked him, "What is your name?"
  "Jacob," he answered.
  Then the man said, "Your name will no longer be Jacob, but Israel, because you have struggled with God and with men and have overcome."
  Jacob said, "Please tell me your name."
  But he replied, "Why do you ask my name?" Then he blessed him there.
  So Jacob called the place Peniel, saying, "It is because I saw God face to face, and yet my life was spared."
- Genesis 32:24-30

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1 comment:

The McBrides said...

praying praying sweet friends...