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

Tuesday, July 01, 2008

Proverbs 16:9~

A man’s heart plans his way,
But the LORD directs his steps. Proverbs 16:9

Thank you so much for all of the love and prayers you have poured out to us and to Eben and Joel.

We have felt your prayers and God has given us a wonderful peace.

We have close family members who are very interested in adopting Eben and Joel's sister. They are a wonderful family. We are very excited about this possibility! Please pray the Lord would guide and direct all involved through this process, and that God's will be done.

We hope our experiences do not discourage anyone from adoption. We have had our share of heart aches along the way, but the blessings have far outweighed them.

If God is calling you to adopt please do not lose heart. It can be a very emotional roller coaster. It can be a frustrating and turbulent process, but it will also bring you closer to God..and the end result will bless you for eternity.

Over the years I have received many e-mails from those who have been called by God to adopt, but who are facing the fear and the uncertainty of the unknown. There are so many unknowns in the process. There is so much out of your control. It can feel like beginning a journey without a GPS or a map...

It can feel very much like Abram and Sarai when God told them to leave their family and home..
God had given them no map. And yet they went and followed in faith holding to the promise that God would be with them.

Or Noah when God gave him plans to to build an ark because a flood was coming..

Or the disciples when Jesus sent them out to preach the Gospel..

How afraid and unsure they all must have been. They inspire me so because when God said "Go!" they went..

One of the reasons I love the Bible so much is that it does not shy away from the very human frailties of the people in it. If it were written by man these would have been glossed over, but God knew that we needed to see a John the Baptist who doubted while he was in jail. We needed to know a Peter who denied Christ 3 times and to see how Jesus still loved and accepted him. We needed to see that we are not alone in our doubts..we can feel very much like Thomas and need to feel the wounds in His hands to know He is real.

If God is calling you to adopt (or calling you to any unknown situation) trust Him and that He will be there. He loves you and will guide you and will help you with all of your doubts, and uncertainty and fear. He will not condemn you but encourage you to take the next step. He will be there holding you throughout. Do not let fear stop you from what God is calling you to. He will be there and He will provide all of your needs. There may be times when you can't see God working with your eyes, but you can know in your heart that He is indeed working.

When the finances seem impossible..He is working.
When some friends and family discourage you..He is working.
When bureaucracy seems to be working against bringing your child home..He is working.

God has placed another wonderful opportunity before us. Please pray as we walk this road that God will give us clarity and wisdom and peace. We know that no matter the outcome that His will will be done and we will praise Him. We are so thankful that He is working out His will in our lives and family.


Joy said...

Thank you for this post Aunt Renee!
Thank you so much for all your prayers! You summed it all perfectly! So many people in our church have been so happy for us and some not so happy but as you said, that is God working!

May His will be done!

Noel said...

What a blessing this post is. You are so inspiring to stay the course and to keep the faith.
I love and MISS you so much.
Thank you for the Godly example that you and your family are.

darci said...

I am so excited to hear the potentail for your family member's to adopt e and j's sister..what I was praying for!
thanks so much for this post. we were not long ago in a situation where we knew God was calling us OUT of a situation, but didn't know where. we just felt we needed to obey. our pastor (was) said he was surprised God would be calling us out of something without telling us where..but I immediately thought of Abraham..and how God credited his faith to him as RIGHTOUSNESS! what a thrilling thought. your posts have always been only encouraging to me..and now we are in our own process of bringing two home from ethiopia. praise the LORD! darci

Jen said...

Thank you for your post - it was very encouraging to me today. Praying for y'all!

(momofthreecuties on SL)

PastorMac's Ann said...

Praying for you all.

Anonymous said...

Wow, that's wonderful (the prospect of the kids being adopted by relatives of yours)!
I kept coming back to your blog to see whether there had been a mirable and... there you go!
Catholic Maria

Amalama said...

This was such a touching, powerful, encouraging, and faithful post... like so many you put on this blog! You are an inspiration and I appreciate your reminders to trust God. I needed this post this week! :) I am praying for your family!

Amy Fabu

coffeemom said...

YOur blog and posts are always inspiring. Will keep this new possible step in our prayers.

Carla said...

I have been reading your blog for a few months now and just want to thank you for sharing what God is doing in your family. He is taking us on a journey of concurrent adoptions, China and Ethiopia. It has been joyful, difficult and everything in between and we are still waiting. I love your positive outlook and seeing your family's faith and trust in God. It is inspiring. Blessings to you and your family!!

Kristy -Mom to 4 and soon to be more! said...

I just love checking in with your sweet family to see what each new post brings! Thank you for the encouraging post! We are in the midst of our 3rd adoption (two Ethiopian beauties) and have hit some snags. I loved your part about not seeing God working with our eyes but knowing that He is working with our hearts! I need to remind myself of that!
Happy 4th of July!

Jenny said...

Renee and Jim,
Please pray that Keith's heart will be changed and he will agree to adoption. I feel so strongly that adoption is what God wants for us. I don't understand how God could call a wife to one calling and not the husband. Please pray for a changed heart. Love you and can't wait to meet the boys soon.

Teri said...

I read your blog often. We are just starting the process for a Ghana adoption with AAI. It has already been turbulent, but I know it's what we are supposed to do. Thank you for the inspiration. I really needed to hear it.

Brianna Heldt said...

Renee what a beautiful post. SO excited for this opportunity for the boys' sister.

I wish you lived in Denver!

Ericka said...

Thank you so much for the post :)
You are such a blessing to me and an inspiration.

Johanna said...

I am just reading this post today, and I really needed to hear it today. We are in the process of adopting a little girl from China and have been running into delays with our social worker. I have been very stressed by it because I am also 5 months pregnant and if my baby is born before my dossier is logged in in China, we are not allowed by China to adopt and lose all the money and work that has gone toward it so far. But God clearly said "Go." when we did. We are in obedience and this is in his hands, not mine or the social worker's! How quickly I forget that.

anya* said...

Thank you for that encouraging post. We brought home three children to our family 5 months ago thru adoption, and it has been a fierce five months. I will never forget sitting in the pre training classes for adoption thru foster care with my 7 month old baby and husband. Everyone thought we were crazy. What adopt sibling when you have 2 little boys already, and one still nursing??!! But God had placed the call to adopt on our hearts and we knew we would be disobeying not to take that leap, that crazy leap of faith. I now know more then ever how much I need Gods endurance to work for me, on my behalf, when I am trying to figure out this whole crazy world of adoption. It is not possible to do on our own.
God bless you and your beautiful family.