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.