Friday, July 22, 2011

Poison Oak :(

We just got back from camping, my family and I.

Super Duper Great Time.
I love my family.

However, my husband and I apparently went rolling in the poison oak when we were asleep.
I don't recall much, (I sure hope we had fun)
but the after effects of these mean heartless leaves left this girl an unhappy camper.
My husband has it much worst than I do... no fun at all.
I think I may know a smidgen of how Job felt.

Still... nobody really knows about my blog yet, however I am compelled to keep posting.

Stay tuned...

God is moving. I just know He is!

If we are willing, He is able!

Send me your light and your faithful care, let them lead me;
let them bring me to your holy mountain, to the place where you dwell.
Then I will go to the altar of God, to God, my joy and my delight.
I will praise you with the lyre, O God, my God.

Why, my soul, are you downcast? Why so disturbed within me?
Put your hope in God, for I will yet praise him, 
my Savior and my God. "
Psalm 43:3-5

Friday, July 15, 2011

Happy for them, so so happy for them.

“With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible.”
Matthew 19:26

As I sit here, I cry.
I cry almost everyday.
My husband is not home now so I can let the tears flow. He kinda makes fun of me.
He always says to me, "Are you going to cry again..." (lol)

My heart right now is so hopeful and so happy for them.
I have very special friends (and yes she really is my friend).
I follow this blog daily and I cry over almost every post.

This woman,
this man,
this family.
They give me hope.

They are perfect examples of people who deny themselves and follow Jesus.
That is all I want to do.

I want to follow Jesus.

Lord use us.
Use me.
Use my children to display your goodness.
Your love.
Your heart for these children.

Something happened to me on the inside and I am not the same person.
Patience! We need to hear His will for our lives.
It is not easy. The Lord is teaching me so much right now.

This is all very good. Good. Good.

We serve an awesome God.
I am hopeful!

We have an ALL-knowing, ALL- powerful, mountain moving, ocean separating, turning water into wine, healer of all diseases, King of Kings and Lord of Lords Father on our side!

"God Is Moving"

"But they who wait for the LORD shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint."
Isaiah 40:31

Monday, July 11, 2011

Getting the Bigger Picture... One Step at a Time

When I was researching things on line
and reading and watching just about anything I could get my hands on,
I came across these video's that caused my heart to plead with Jesus.
(More than it already was)

To understand MY adoption with God MY FATHER,
this first video helped me see adoption more biblically than I have ever before.
I think once I understood my adoption vertically,
it made perfect sense to seek it horizontally.

Getting the Bigger Picture... One Step at a Time

"I am not a burden... I am just a child."

But now, this is what the LORD says—
   he who created you, Jacob,
   he who formed you, Israel:
“Do not fear, for I have redeemed you;
   I have summoned you by name; you are mine.
When you pass through the waters,
   I will be with you;
and when you pass through the rivers,
   they will not sweep over you.
When you walk through the fire,
   you will not be burned;
   the flames will not set you ablaze.
For I am the LORD your God,
   the Holy One of Israel, your Savior;
I give Egypt for your ransom,
   Cush and Seba in your stead.
Since you are precious and honored in my sight,
   and because I love you,
I will give people in exchange for you,
   nations in exchange for your life.
Do not be afraid, for I am with you;
   I will bring your children from the east
   and gather you from the west.
I will say to the north, ‘Give them up!’
   and to the south, ‘Do not hold them back.’
Bring my sons from afar
   and my daughters from the ends of the earth—
everyone who is called by my name,
   whom I created for my glory,
   whom I formed and made.”
Isaiah 43:1-7

Friday, July 8, 2011

My Husbands Heart ♥

(This I wrote at the end of June
but forgot to post it to the blog. Silly me)

"Prayer changes everything."

I have heard it before.

I am here today to tell you,
it's really true.

I have watched the Lord do a work in my husbands heart
that is so encouraging and exciting.

"Stirring' does not even do justice to what i believe the Lord is preparing our hearts for.
I believe that we are in the beginning phases of something very beautiful here.

Only the Lord can orchestrate something like this.

I am beyond blessed and super excited to see what the next few weeks/months
 have in store for us.

I hope to share with you all soon.

(LOL... "all"... nobody even knows about my blog yet. I'm funny.)

God you are SO Big. So Powerful. So Awesome. So Gentle. So Loving!

Thank you for loving me! ♥

“Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine,
according to his power that is at work within us,
to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations,
for ever and ever! Amen.”
Ephesians 3:30-21

Here is a thought...

 "For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD,
“plans to prosper you and not to harm you,
plans to give you hope and a future.
Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you."
Jeremiah 29:11-12

As I was lying in bed this morning,
debating on getting up before my coffee was delivered to me
(yes my husband is the best!)
I had all kinds of thoughts and prayers swirling around in my head.

I was jumping all over the map as I am notorious to do.

However, one of the prayers was this:

“Lord, speak to us regarding this adoption.
Direct us according to your plan.
Put Chris and I on the same page that it can not be questioned
or denied the way in which you would direct us….
when, where, how, etc”
(You know all the easy questions. rrrighhht!)


“Lord, we lay before you a specific petition.
Pleading with you that if it is Your Will for our lives,
that would provide for this need in a way that only you can!”
(I will write about this later)

So as I laid there, I said as I always do...
“Lord my heart is to love the orphan.
You have shown me your glory in adoption.
I want to make that change for one life, or ten,
that would result in demonstrating your love,
grace, mercy, salvation and truth.
I want to be used for to further
Your Kingdom.
Draw our hearts towards Yours and speak
Your truth
to Chris and I so we may know
Your plan
for our life.”

So basically, that was the end of that prayer.

My coffee was delivered and my day began!

Remember my blog entree on May 13th, I mentioned to you that my heart was in Africa (I've learned to love Uganda) and my husband’s heart was in the Sudan?
Well the reason for that is because he has a dear friend who is a refuge from Sudan.
Amazing man of God. A story that should be writen as book.This man is an amazing man of God! Chris has been his friend for years.
That is why his heart is with the Sudanese and has a deep love for these people.
However we have understood that you can not adopt from there because there has been no government set up and the country has been a mess for years… etc.

So, anyways, our dear friend called today and had exciting news!
July 8, 2011
Sudan has officially become a Nation again!
I don't know all the details but it sounds like the north and south have separated
and the south part of the country has become it's own.
(Praise God)

Also, they opened up a second new school in Torkiel Village!

This is exciting news people!

This country has been in shambles for years
and it sounds like it's starting to take shape!

So the reason I’m telling you all this is...
Chris mentioned to our friend that we wanted to adopt and he said,
“Adopt from Sudan. The need is very great.”

Now if that is even possible,
we do not know.

But what if....

What if it becomes possible...

I know that my God holds the hearts of all men, kings and leaders.
He is an All-Powerful, All-knowing, All-Loving God that can move mountains, separate waters, turn water into wine, heal deceases, make the lame man walk...

Surely my God can revive adoption from this land.

Can you imagine the millions of orphans in that country?

Will you all gather with me in prayer that this would become something!

That this country may be able to set up a program so families can come in and start caring for these children that have been left by complete war and ruins.

All the countless children.

We will come for them!
This could be the beginning of something very very exciting!

I know the Lord heard my prayer this morning.
I know the Lord is working in our hearts.
He is stirring our hearts like crazy!

The good news too is..

we already LOVE the Sudanese people!

"You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart.
I will be found by you,” declares the LORD,
“and will bring you back from captivity. I will gather you from all the nations
and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD,
“and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”
Jeremiah 29:13-14

Sunday, July 3, 2011

So Excited

I am so stinkin excited, I can not even put it into words but I will try!

Here it is:
I know the Lord has something BIG for us!

He is cleaning shop in our hearts and it is soooo awesome!

There. I said it.
That is all I wanted to share!

I am so excited.

"If we are willing, He is able!"