August 16, 2007

Encouragement from Blogworld & A Testament of Faith

I read lots of blogs - and I love it. But with our new adoption through Ethiopia, I have been searching for other families with our, shall we say, predicament. The predicament being the "how are we going to do this?". I've been looking for someone to remind me how it's possible when we have no funds. And trust me, some people have been bold when they tell us that we have no business starting these adoptions (any of them!) without proper funds in place. They've avoided saying we were "irresponsible" , but I can see it's on the tip of their tongues - it's all there in the implication. And here I thought we might find ourselves knee deep defending the race card - instead we sometimes find ourselves defending the "what business do you have pursuing adoptions that you have no financial backing for?" Talk about a slap in the face. Sometimes you just have to get out of the boat during the raging storm and walk toward your King, you know? I know He can calm the storm, if only I believe He will. But if I'm too scared to get out of the boat and go to Him, how can He reveal Himself or His plans for my life to me?

Today, through the grace of God, I visited this blog, which caused me to stumble onto THIS....please go read this, it is a wonderful post.

All I can say, is "wow", and "yeah!", and "that's what I was gonna say!", and "I wish I had thought of that sooner".

I was literally in tears - it's just so nice to know we're not alone - I will not let my life be a pattern of "what ifs". I will take action and make it happen, one way or another. I will not sit by and watch the calendar change, and do nothing to get my children. They can't come to me, so I will find a way to them. I can't move mountains - financial or otherwise....But God Can!

A testament to my faith that I want to share that explains why this link above is so real in my life:

Saturday is our Home study for the new adoption. Saturday. We've been waiting for God to provide our 1st deposit for Ethiopia. Monday night, I laid it out in prayer. I said "Lord, you know I can't do this without You. I don't even want to try. And I believe that You put this new adoption on my heart for a REASON. People think we're crazy, and some people think we're irresponsible, but I know you called us to this place. But I need You to provide. I need You to provide before Saturday. We have to have this deposit for the agency and only You can provide it at this point. We have no resources to pull from. So I ask again, You must provide this by Saturday, or I feel we have to stop the process. I know You can, because You're God and nothing is too difficult for You. I know You can and I believe You will, because I know You set this course on our hearts. "

The next day, Anton was working on some projects. Someone that we know and love approached him and handed him a check for the exact amount due to the agency for the first deposit.

That's MY KING!


4D said...

Wow...goosebumps. Thx for sharing this. I am an only child because my parents could not afford more. I want 2 kids and these 2 posts just reinforce that we will do it and it will all work out.


Keep smilin!

Anonymous said...

Oh Christie! Thank you for a beautiful post. You are giving Him such glory. He is so amazing. God is Who He says He is and can do what He says He can do. You not only believed IN Him but BELIEVED HIM. He never fails.

Anonymous said...

I wish someone would come hand me whatI need for my adoptions; the mailman keeps brining me bills, I think that is the work of the devil ;-))

Love V

Anonymous said...

I wouldn't even waste the time or energy defending yourselves to those people. NONE of their business.

Everything will work out.

Andrea said...

It really is no one elses business on how and when you build your family. I am so excited for you guys. I know what you are going through, we are pursuing an concurrent one also! Good luck, and the pieces will fall where they need to. Everything will work out.

Anonymous said...

Who cares what people think Christie, thinking and knowing are two different things. You KNOW you are doing the right thing and other peoples judgemental thoughts are irrelevant.
love you, deany

Donna said...

OMG, Christie, I haven't checked in on your blog in a while and now I see you're adopting from Ethiopia!

Good for you for not waiting on China to become parents! Since you know you are meant to have more than one child, this is the best thing you can do.

Don't let anyone get you down when it comes to finances. There are plenty of us who don't have the money up front to fund our adoptions. That's what loans are for, right?? Where there's a will, there's a way...and I know you definitely have the will!

Congratulations on moving forward with Ethiopia and best of luck with your homestudy and paperwork!

Donna :)

Elise said...

Wow....praise God!!!! I love it, what an awesome gift!

Owlhaven said...

How neat!!!!!!!!