Wednesday, October 22, 2008

waiting...patiently?

Our paperwork has been received. We are just waiting for our social worker to call us and set up the home study appointments. There is so much hurry up and wait business in adoption. In a way it is so much like pregnancy. Sorry for the guys reading this..... when you are trying to get pregnant you are waiting to ovulate and then you do your part and wait again to find out if your pregnant. Then you wait again to find out if the pregnancy is healthy. etc, etc, etc. It's a fine balance between waiting with trust in God's perfect timing and wanting to do everything possible to make things happen. So here we are... waiting.

Isaiah 40:30-31
"Even youths shall faint and be weary,
and young men shall fall exhausted;
but they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength;
they shall mount up with wings like eagles;
they shall run and not be weary;
they shall walk and not faint."

Monday, October 13, 2008

More Thoughts on Moses

Since we will be spending the entire year in the Life of Moses at BSF (bible study fellowship), the 2 of you who read this blog will be hearing a lot about Moses. Every day I am amazed at how much I am learning through this amazing story. This past week I have been thinking a lot about Moses' objections to God's calling and Gods responses. I really see this echo in my life as we objected (at first) to God's calling for us to adopt.

1st objection: "Who am I?" Ex 3:11
God's response: "I will be with you" Ex 3:12
2nd objection: "Who should I say has sent me?" Ex 3:13
God's response: "Tell them, 'I AM has sent me'" Ex 3:14
3rd objection: "What if they don't believe me" Ex 4:1
God's response: He gave Moses 3 miracles to perform. Ex 4:2-9
4th objection: "I am slow of speech and tongue- not eloquent" Ex 4:10
God's response: "I will help you speak and will teach you what to say." Ex 4:12
5th objection: "O Lord, please send someone else to do it." Ex 5:13
God's response: Anger. "I will send Aaron to speak for you." Ex 4:14-16

When we first felt the calling to adopt we had many objections. Money, time, house space, car space, college tuition, ability, culture, money, time, money, time, etc. There are so many reasons why we shouldn't open our house and hearts to another person. Just like Moses we presented our questions to God and he continually debunked our objections. Our culture tells us to hoard for ourselves or we will lose what we have. Jesus tells us that we should not store up treasures on earth but in heaven (Matthew 6:19-21). Our culture says only to love our own families and not any one else. Jesus tells us to love our NEIGHBORS as ourselves. Our culture says to do whatever necessary to get ahead financially. We have been told to trust the Lord to provide and spend a great deal on a human life.

God is so faithful to what He calls us to. I pray that you who read this think about what God is calling you to and how you're objecting. Maybe it's time to stop objecting and trust God's promises. What if Moses just kept objecting to God's calling?

Home Study Paperwork sent in!

I am getting to be friends with the guys at UPS. I am there at least twice a week sending of documents. Charlie seems to think that there are fish inside because as soon as we pull up he says, "fishhhhhhh, fishhhh". Strange. Anyways, today we sent off our home study documents and our education requirements. All we can do for now is wait. Once our social worker gets all our documents we will start our home study visits. I have been told that there are about 4 visits one week apart from each other. So hopefully we will be done with our home study and can turn in our Dossier in 1.5-2 months. The dossier is all the necessary paperwork that will be sent to Ethiopia to formalize our adoption. After our dossier is received and reviewed we will be put on the waiting list. Currently the wait list time is about 5 months but up to 8 months. After we get a referral it takes another few months until we can travel to pick up our child. Wow!

Thursday, October 2, 2008

Our big boy

Fields of the Fatherless

I just read this great book. It is called "Fields of the Fatherless", written by Tom Davis. I wanted to share a few ideas and quotes:

on pg. 81: "Here's the number again: 143 million (orphans). I know that seems like a lot, but not compared to the number of professed Christians living on the earth. That number is 2.1 billion. There are 159 million people who claim to be Christians in the United States alone. I know you see where I'm heading, but is it so far fetched? With so many Christians in the world, is it so far out of the realm of possibilities to imagine every one of those orphans being adopted into a family just as God has adopted us? If only 7% of professing Christians around the world responded, every single orphan in the world would have a home."

pg. 1
"In this world you are an orphan-
eargly anticiapting you adoption as God's child.
In this world you are a widow-
longing for a reunion with you Bridegroom.
In this world you are a stranger-
a pilgrim waiting to become a citizen of heaven.
And in this world, God has called you to care for the orphan, the stranger, and the widow."

pg. 87
" There is a part of my heart that is empty right now. I know that I have another child, a daughter who is waiting for me. Instead of caring for her by eating right, exercising, not gaining the usual fifty-plus pounds, I must instead pray, dream, and wait. So I'm trying to use this time to dream about what this new type of motherhood will be. Instead of newborn moments, I will have other time with her. I will laugh, love, and care for her as my daugther to me By God, not of my flesh but of my heart."

I hope that one of you out there reading this may be encouraged to read this book or better yet to be called into action to love and support the world's orphans, widows and strangers.