He is Faithful

We had a huge praise this week. We found out on Tuesday that we got a $3000. grant from Katelyn’s Fund ! This was the one we had the Skype interview for. It is an amazing organization. Go check it out: http://www.katelynsfund.org/our-story/our-vision .One of the main facets of their ministry is that they pray for you. They prayed with us on the night of the Skype interview for about 10-15 minutes, I was in tears when we were done!

We also are set for bunk beds now.  

We received new pictures and new updates on the boys! We can’t wait until we can show you our sons!   Continue to pray for them for their precious hearts and all the adjustments that will have to be made for our family to become one.

There is a spiritual battle….and we have been told by many who have adopted that is gets fierce when you are willing to adopt…the enemy does not want this to happen. Please pray that we would be strong in the Lord and fight the good fight of faith.

I was greatly encouraged in my Bible reading this week from the book of Jeremiah. He is a prophet who is warning the people of idolatry. Idolatry can come in many forms as I am learning both from the word and from real life. The idol of control is surely one that is a battle for me..but a false illusion for sure. If I just keep my eyes on Jesus moment by moment throughout the day, while stressors come and go, some things work out, some don’t….I have the joy of walking and living in His presence. I have the peace of knowing that “He Leadeth me.” This is where I want to be, even though it means some days my to do lists don’t even get one thing checked off. His to do lists must be much better!

Jeremiah 9:23-24

New American Standard Bible (NASB)

23 Thus says the Lord, “Let not a wise man boast of his wisdom, and let not the mighty man boast of his might, let not a rich man boast of his riches; 24 but let him who boasts boast of this, that he understands and knows Me, that I am the Lord who exercises lovingkindness, justice and righteousness on earth; for I delight in these things,” declares the Lord.

Today I boast in the Lord, the maker of heaven and earth. He alone is worthy to be on the throne.

Many Blessings,

Michelle

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Hard Lessons

This past week the Lord used another situation with one of my children to teach me a lesson.  This one was kind of hard.  It was book fair week at our elementary school.  There is a day for parents to come have lunch with their children, one or two grades a day.  I came and had lunch with Anna on Monday.  Josh’s day was Friday.  We were a little early so we decided to have lunch with Anna again.  She came into the lunch room, saw Ally and me, waved, got her milk and sat way across the lunch room at another table.  I tried to not feel hurt, I tried to figure that she knew I was there to have lunch with Josh that day….but the truth was, I was crushed.  I convinced her to sit with us as Ally would be sad.  (Not me, of course)  Now, on one hand I realize I am thankful that she is so independent since she nursed for almost 3 years and I was up many a night with her with ear infection and several sets of tubes and finally adenoids out.  She was stuck like glue to me for a good five years.  They say attachment parenting eventually produces really independent kids!  I guess so!

But, the Lord also gave me another picture.   I realized that I was Anna.  I was the one who walked right by the Lord, choosing not to spend time in prayer and Bible reading.   I was the one many days that decided I didn’t need that time with Him.  Was He waiting for me?  Did He have things He wanted to help me with that day?  Was I too busy to notice him, or did I wave and walk by?  How could I know how much He loved me?  Was He sad that I didn’t want Him?  I know He loves me infinitely more than I love my own children, and so I am guessing on those days where I think I need my own wisdom more than His, He does feel disappointed in me.  I talked with one of Josh’s friends at lunch and he said if his mom came to lunch he would RUN into her arms!  Do I run into Jesus arms at the start of the day?  Is it my day?  Or is it His day?