Wednesday, February 29, 2012

Gotta Believe

I realized today I have so much catching up to do on this blog. We've moved 2 times in the last 2.5 months - once to Amarillo, into a rent house and now into our new home. And somehow I've managed 7 weeks of homeschool, starting a new adoption lifegroup, making it through colds, a 12 hour trip for a final event and more. Its been BUSY!

And I will catch up - pictures and all! But not tonight. Tonight I just want to touch on a couple of things:

1. Our God heals! My sister found out through an ultrasound that her baby had a growth that indicating possible major defects. Today, her follow-up ultrasound showed that the growth is resolving! She is still waiting on blood work to rule out Turner's syndrome, but so far the baby is growing perfectly!!! So relieved for her!

2. Our adoption process is HARD! And I have just GOTTA BELIEVE that: 1. God is being a Father to the fatherless. 2. God WILL redeem the time once she is home. If I don't believe that, I'm a mess. I don't have a choice, I've gotta believe it. Lord, help me with my unbelief.

New possible timeframe for Sunny's homecoming: May - August:::::::::::(

Updates and Pictures to come....

Wednesday, February 08, 2012

If Faith Can Move a Mountain...

When my alarm beeped at 6AM I was in a deep sleep having a brief, but glorious dream. I had to lay there for a moment and consider the dream that gave me such joy and peace.

In the first short scene, I was outside. Someone was playing golf in the background (random, I know) and all the sudden I knew I was supposed to get on my knees on that sidewalk and pray - no matter what anyone thought. As I prayed I remember feeling every anxiety leave. I felt full of faith and had no fear and I knew I had God's attention. I don't remember what I was praying about. It was just the sense that I wanted to pray in this way all the time because it was so satisfying. 

In the next scene I was in a car with some people in Alaska looking at a snow covered mountain. All the sudden I watched an entire side of the mountain fall away into an avalanche. Then, BEEP BEEP BEEP... I was awake. Right away, my thought was - God's getting ready to move our mountain and bring Sunny home and all the rest of the waiting HCRM children will follow like an avalanche! All the barriers are about to crumble.

I quickly brushed my teeth so I could sit with the Lord for a while and sip my coffee. In my devotional for today the title was "Asking God" from the book "A Year With God" edited by Richard Foster and Julia L. Roller. I excitedly read today's word. (Bold print and underlining - my personal additions....)

Luke 18: 1-8a
"Then Jesus told them a parable about their need to pray always and not to lose heart. He said, "In a certain city there was a judge who neither feared God nor had respect for people. In that city there was a widow who kept coming to him and saying, 'Grant me justice against my opponent..' For a while he refused; but later he said to himself, 'Though I have no fear of God and no respect for anyone, yet because this widow keeps bothering me, I will grant her justice, so that she may not wear me out by continually coming.'" And the Lord said, "Listen to what the unjust judge says. And will not God grant justice to his chosen ones who cry to him day and night? Will he delay long in helping them? I tell you, he will quickly grant justice to them."

If you followed our adoption of Gracie you may remember that the week we received her referral was the same week we finally sold our home that had been on the market for a year. Also that week Billy signed a contract with a record label. It was as if everything that had been held back was released at one time.

Well here we are in a new city, Billy has been given a new (and awesome) opportunity for his songwriting and to teach other songwriters! And today it has been confirmed that our house in San Antonio is under contract and certainly set to close on March 9! So....though several steps still must take place to bring Sunny home, I believe with all my heart that we are close. I can still recall that feeling from my dream of complete faith, no fear and absolute certainty that God is listening and about to answer my prayers - so I am praying for justice today as I have day and night for 2 years, but this time I believe the mountain is really moving. As Christy Nockel's song "Waiting Here For You" says...."If faith can move a mountain, let the mountain move! I'm waiting here for You, with my hands lifted high in praise. And its You, we adore, singing Hallelujah!"

Thursday, February 02, 2012

Find Me...A Morning Prayer

Find me in the quiet place and talk to me
Tell me great and mighty things, your mysteries
Show me more of who you are
Restorer of the broken heart
Give to me your joy 'til I am glowing

Find me in the quiet place and sing to me
Set upon my heart and lips your praises free
Like a father to his child
Sing your mercies, tender, mild
Give to me your peace that's ever-lasting

Find me in the quiet place and move in me
Lift my head, make me stand to walk with Thee
Be my light and show the way
Do not let me waste this day
Give to me the chance to bring you glory

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