"We are all handmade people created by a God who is not safe or small." Rend Collective Experiment

Monday, May 14, 2007

Ephesians 6:12~

For we wrestle not against flesh and blood, but against principalities, against powers, against the rulers of the darkness of this world, against spiritual wickedness in high places. Ephesians 6:12

Spiritual Attack and adoption. Here is a topic I don't see addressed too often, but I know personally that Satan hates adoption. Satan hates children, and Satan hates children being brought into families where they can prosper and grow. He would much rather have them ALONE where they are easy prey . The Bible tells us 1
Peter 5:8 “Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil walks about like a roaring lion, seeking whom he may devour.” Jim recently preached a sermon on this verse and he shared something I did not know. The lion attacks the lone animal. His victim is the one who has strayed from the herd. How cowardly.

Now we are not ones who easy cry "Spiritual Attack". Things happen. Illness happens. We live in a fallen world. There are times though, when it becomes obvious that Satan is trying to trip us up.

Every time we have begun an adoption we have experienced Spiritual attack. Our first adoptions I was bit by a brown recluse spider and became very ill. Our adoption of Wee Babe I went into liver failure a week after we accepted his referral.

We are very happy to announce that we are once again in the process of adopting. We are very blessed to be working with AAI and their Pilot Ghana Program.

Like in times past, we suddenly find ourselves in the sights of the nasty old devil..

In the past few weeks we have had our washing machine break, a major leak behind the shower wall, our ice maker died, , our lawn mower died, and as Jim was weed eating a pebble flew up and shattered a window that was well over $1,000. Our poor Sweet Pea has never gotten well and has more Dr. appts., chest x-rays, medications, and on it goes.

This past weekend we were blessed to have my Mom and brother visiting. Sweet Pea was being dedicated to the Lord in the morning worship service. As we were standing at the altar dedicating her I looked out into the congregation and saw my Mom was not there, and I knew something was very wrong. We called her at the hotel after the service and found she was very ill. We found her doubled over in pain and very sick. We spent Mother's Day in the ER, and she was diagnosed with a serious case of diverticulitis. She was admitted to the hospital for a few days. Only problem, we are due to leave for vacation and Jim's Seminary graduation tomorrow..

As I came home late last night from the hospital my dh informed me that the roads we are to be taking for our vacation are closed due to fires. We have delayed our trip a day praying Mom gets well. We could never leave town with her being in the hospital.

Lest I sound defeated, I am NOT! Romans 8:28 tells us all things work together for the good of those who love Christ Jesus. I know this to be true. Every hardship and tough experience has brought us closer to our Lord. He has walked through them WITH us. He holds our hands and teaches us about His goodness.

So, please rejoice with us that God is allowing us to bring more children home. He must have an awesome plan or Satan would not be trying so hard to thwart it. We have the victory in Jesus! God is so good and we are so blessed!

Please pray for my Mom. We just returned from seeing her, and praise the Lord she is doing so much better. Please pray for our children in Ghana. Pray that the Lord may cover them and protect them and make their way home smooth.


Sophie said...

Wow, that's pretty heavy, Renee! You all will be in my prayers! Are you hoping to get older kids this time?

Owlhaven said...

Praying for your family, Renee! Are there children already identified for you?


marian said...

"He must have an awesome plan or Satan would not be trying so hard to thwart it."

Yes! Rejoicing with you in the good things He has in store.

Shana said...

Congratulations on the new adoption! And I am praying the blood of Jesus around every one of your family members.


Anne said...

Oh, Renee, I hope things start swinging your way -- and that little Sweetpea and your mom get well soon! Thinking of you and your family!

And congratulations on your new adoption! How exciting to be a part of the Ghana program!!

Robin's Reports said...

I'm praying sweetie! Thank you for blogging and letting me know about your plans for tomorrow.

WunderFamily said...

Praying for you all, Renee! It's amazing to read God at work in your lives. We serve a Sovereign, risen Lord. You're right, we do have victory in Jesus!


Christine said...

Praying for you all Renee and congrats on your new addition/s. You are right, Satan hates adoption. I think any of us who have adopted have experienced those attacks. WE experienced them when we adopted and are now experiencing them HEAVILY as we prepare for our move to Tanzania. Satan hates Christians working in orphanages too, I suspect!

Anonymous said...

Renee, it's Kathy from SL. I am praying for you. I am excited about your new adoptions. Eager to hear all about it.

Noel Smith said...

Hi Aunt Renee!

I wanted you to know just how much our family loves you all! We read your blog last night and will be praying for your family as you go through these rough waters. We are soo excited about the new members of your family!!!
Love and miss ya'll

Brianna Heldt said...

Oh Renee I'm so sorry things are so hard right now! Will pray for strength for all of you.

And I am SO EXCITED that you are in the process of adopting again, WOW! I'm so anxious to hear all the details!

MP2 said...

Congratulations on your decision to adopt. You have such a wonderful family. I'm so happy for you, and your confidence is contagious - its going to work out.

Mary said...

Hi, I found your blog through a sonlight forum and wanted to say hi.

darci said...

just catching up..first congratulations on your new adoption! very exciting. and many prayers will be prayed here for your family, mom, sweet pea..darci
be bold and courageous!

Kerri said...

Oh wow, I have been so inspired! I saw your post on HK about the veganism, and wanted to check out your blog. I am considering eating much more raw foods (not all, but much more) for me and my children. They all have allergies as do I and i want to see if we can rid us of them with an improved diet. Anyways, I came here and was just so in awe of your very blessed family. My dd's (4 of them) have been talking a bout us adopting non stop, once our oldest dd read some Above Rubies magazines :-) She had all my other girls drawing their African siblings, 4 of them on paper. When I told her (the oldest) that we needed money first before we could adopt she thought up of all sorts of things we could do to raise money! Too sweet.