"Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen.” Heb. 11:1
We have been praying and seeking the LORD’s direction on a very important decision these last few weeks. A precious prayer friend spoke the above words to me during one of our conversations. See, I got scared...not about the situation, but about me being able to serve the LORD IN the situation.
Stick with me and I will get to it, I promise. Early on Thanksgiving morning I couldn’t sleep, so I went down stairs and sat on the couch where Karlie was sleeping. Everyone else was still sleeping so I picked up my Bible and began to read - just anywhere.
After a bit I came to Matthew 7:7-11
“Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find, knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks received, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. Or which one of you, if his sons asks him for bread, will give him a stone? ... If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father who is in heaven give good thing to those who ask Him!”
I was immediately so sleepy that I couldn’t keep my eyes open, so I closed them and went to sleep with that verse on my mind.
Later, I remembered Hebrews 11 and began to look at these words...
“By faith Abel...by faith Enoch....by faith Noah...by faith Abraham...by faith Sarah...by faith Isaac...by faith Jacob...by faith Joseph...by faith the parents of Moses...by faith Moses...by faith the people crossed the Red Sea; by faith the walls of Jericho fell; by faith Rahab...Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, David and Samuel and the prophets;”.
By faith each of the above mentioned and many not mentioned chose to become a part of Gods story. In fear, in troubles, in victories, and persecutions, they chose to believe the LORD’s plans and purposes above what they could see or feel and take a journey with the LORD.
Each of us has a part in the Greatest Story Ever Told. Will we choose to walk by faith?
What is our amazing news that still leaves me trembling with excitement and yes, fear?
By faith we are bringing home not ONE, but TWO children from China!!!
We have received pre-approval to also adopt a 10 year old girl. Her story is heart-breaking, and also amazing. I will share more later as I can.
You will notice a Chip-in on the side later tomorrow. We need an additional (at least) $10,000 to bring her home also. I don’t think it is a secret how expensive adoptions are, especially for two. This was one of our fears in saying yes to 2 children...
Please pray with us as we ask, seek and knock and
by faith we will journey with the LORD to bring our children home!