At my favorite time of year the holiday we are so lucky to being going to Ghana in less than two weeks!!!!!We have wanted to adopt from Ghana since 2007. We had a little girl picked out and she was reunited with extended family so we put these plans on hold. In 2007 we started on Elijah's adoption in May and then started on Sneha's in September. Since Sneha had multiple special needs I was required to meet her in India before formally committing to adopt her. November of 2007 turned my world upside down forever upon traveling to India . Elijah came home from China in Feb 2008 and upon our return Brent was laid off from his job. Elijah need major skull reconstruction surgery and thankfully he received this in May, the surgeon knew the time issue with insurance running out and provided for him. India adoption is a very slow process so we kept plugging away at Sneha's paper work. In the mean time Brent acquired the best job ever to work and help students go to Ch*na to teach English. This too was short lived with the economic down turn and the loss of a huge donor. So Brent was laid off again and the social worker was coming to do Elijah's last post placement report and then she would find out about the lay off and it would interfere with the India adoption. Fast forward, we prayed for a miracle and Brent found a job in less than one week and we had to move to Sterling Colorado at the end of school 2009. Brent went ahead and worked in Sterling until we could come. The adoption stayed on track, God is so faithful. Sneha came home in November 2009. December 2010 we heard about Beacon House and started to think about our adoption through Ghana. We started the process in January 2011 our third adoption. A slow start with paper work, and the paper in town is having trouble, could it happen again? Spring time comes and Brent knows that it is just a matter of time before his job is downsized. June 2011 it happened again. The good news is that this time we do not let the stress ruin our time together. Cast all of your cares upon the Lord for He is faithful !!!!!We knew that if God wanted Joyce to come home he would provide a good job in a time economic down turn. Our God is bigger than any problem here on earth. Pray and pray some more, and remember or try to all in good time. It is such a helpless feeling to know we can do nothing physically to make things happen. Just because we can do something doesn't always mean that we should. Brent wanted out of newspapers!!!!!Out of newspaper he is and he works at a public utility district a service everyone needs!!!!!!God is faithful to provide a nice house, beautiful view, and being able to comlete a Ghana adoption.
Wednesday, November 23, 2011
Enter his gates with thanksgiving and his courts with praise; give thanks to him and praise his name. For the LORD is good and his love endures forever; his faithfulness continues through all generations.”
Psalm 100:4-5 NIV
Not one day of my life has ever been the same since I went to India on Nov 9, 2007. I had prayed for my eyes to be opened. The harsh truth was that I wasn't yet ready.....I don't think any amount of preparation can prepare one to see what I saw. I now that I was living in the American cocoon. I was warm and fuzzy yet something was stirring in my heart for more. I thought that I knew of hardship, job losses and life. Little did I know how the rest of humanity copes with everyday life. How could I know? I have read book and seen pictures and most definitely identified what I didn't want, but What Did I Want?????I am no longer content to wait in the ordinary. I want more than the "American Dream", and if felt like a dead end. I need to look up and see a different sign ahead in the distance. Well, starting the adventure to India and beyond sent me down a steep hill and up many steep hills. I know that nothing is in my control, the control and directions are laid out from our Father in Heaven. I grasp my hands so tightly, but everything slips through. It is all His, not mine. I can't save them all, but I have to keep trying to do all I can through His power. Our life is NOT about having everything in order then to be available. Be available when there is chaos and too much to possibly accomplish within our own power. A new home, and not all unpacked, lining up new doctors, dentists, orthodontist, and the list goes on and on. I guess it comes down to this are we AVAILABLE when it isn't convenient and all together? Will go to meet the one that can't ever remember the love of her mother or father. Are we really available to let the lonely be placed in families. Our lives are transition and upheaval until the day we meet our Father in heaven above. I remember the children that lived with Sneha and wonder do they have families or are they alone in the world. Two brothers in India lost their mother she left the family and so they were left with the love of their father, but he was hit and killed in traffic. I met these two lovely boys, and I pray they have a family, but the odds of two older boys finding a family is slim to nothing.
Sunday, November 13, 2011
The biggest disease today is not leprosy or tuberculosis, but rather the feeling of being unwanted.
The Holy Bible.
Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world
"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.
Assyria shall not save us; we will not ride on horses;and we will say no more, 'Our God,' to the work of our hands. In you the orphan finds mercy."
And the King will answer them, 'Truly, I say to you, as you did it to one of the least of these my brothers, you did it to me.
For the needy shall not always be forgotten, and the hope of the poor shall not perish forever.