I know that I cannot change the world by adopting just one child but think about it. That could be my son in a couple of years if I don't go.
Have you ever sang "Open the eyes of my heart"? I have and I've prayed that too! I think that God is opening the eyes of my heart. I know that the eyes of my heart have been opened to the orphan crisis but I want more than that. I want Jesus' vision and heart in everything. I want what breaks his heart to break mine! I want to handle and react to situations as he would.
Sometimes I feel him moving in me but I don't know what he is up. Which reminds me of a quote I have read lately. "Figuring out God's ways isn't any of my business. Following Him is." Kay Warren in Dangerous Surrender.
Dangerous Surrender is an incredible-life changing book that I am reading! I am only on Ch 3 but am loving it so far. From what I have heard about the book I am very excited! This is one of the books that was recommended to me and I ordered it having no clue what it was about. Books are recommended to me all of the time but I am not a big reader so I chose carefully. When I got the book in the mail, I literally had no clue what is was about or who it was by. I was pleasantly surprised its by Rick Warren's wife Kay Warren. Like I said I am only on chapter 3 but I know that God opened her eyes to the AIDS pandemic in Africa. After seeing it first hand she now considers herself "gloriously ruined". If you have ever been on a mission trip to a 3rd world country you know what she is talking about. You come home and all of the sudden your problems or stuff have little to no meaning. It's a great experience that I would encourage anyone who can to go!
Having two little ones I often envy those who can just go-pick up and go to Africa on a mission trip. As I read this book I am thinking I want to go now. Although I am so thankful that God got my attention at a time where I am able to adopt a child from Africa. I am so excited to go over and pick up him up. In her book Kay talks about ministering to the moms who have AIDS and their concern is not for themselves but for the children they will leave behind. I wonder if there is a mom right now upset not knowing if her child will have a future. I pray that Jesus comforts the birthmother of our son and that she has a peace knowing that he will be loved. Can you imagine the hurt that mother must feel?
Recently I have had the opportunity to share our story with alot of people. I hope that it will encourage people to step out of their comfort zone! I know so many comment on the high cost of adoption but I promise if it's God's will for you to adopt he will provide. I know things that discouraged me at first-our house was too small, we would have to buy another car, ect.... but when you see multiple kids sleeping on plywood beds with no covers, no shoes on their feet and little food to eat-You have to stop and think what a great life you could make for that child. Plus, the cost is overwhelming at first but after you look at the tax credit and grants available it really isn't that huge!
WAYS GOD HAS PROVIDED FOR US THROUGHOUT THIS PROCESS
T-Shirt profit: $300
Clay's Bonus- Was twice what we expected
Income Tax Return: Was about 3 times what we normally get and/or expected.
"I took you from the ends of the earth, from its farthest corners I called you. I said, 'You are my servant'; I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand." Isaiah 41:9 & 10
"Do not be afraid, for I am with you; I will bring your children from the east and gather you from the west." Isaiah 43:6
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