Seeing His Hand

There are moments in life when you know that God is working. Moments when you can see the reason “why” behind something. We always know He is there and sustaining us…making this world go around and giving us the breath to wake up and start a new day. Sometimes though, we are in the dry place of not seeing the God who cares for us ever so deeply and we doubt His presence. Over the last week or so I have been blessed to see God providentially allowing things to happen. It has been a balm to my soul. There was the time last week. It was a early evening and I was taking down the laundry that I hadn’t had time to bring in all afternoon. My three children were 30 or so feet from me in the woods, playing. This is not uncommon. They spend plenty of...

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We’ve Been Matched!

Recently we let you all (since we have SUCH a huge fan base!)  know that we have decided to pursue another adoption. Our home study was SO easy to do the second time around, for which we were grateful. Basically we had to add e and little h and bump all the dates up by four years. Easy. Back in May we got a phone call about a baby to be born up in New York in 2 hours!! Basically we would have had to get in the car and drive on up there plus have a significant amount of cash liquid to wire. The Lord gave us an easy answer of No! since we couldn’t possibly have that amount of money liquid immediately. I am so glad we didn’t have to wrestle over a decision and just knew we were not the parents-to-be of this child. We waited for SOOOO many months with our...

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The Minivan and My Pride

Isn’t it funny how certain things can be a hang-up? For me (one of them!) is owning a minivan. We always knew when we started another adoption that we’d have to buy another car. And this has been a point of discussion for several years. Well, not so much a discussion because J always knew where he stood on the issue and so I just sought to find other options – before giving in knowing that he was right. All along, I was hoping that some great new car would come out that wouldn’t be SUCH a gas guzzler as a SUV and have all the room of a minivan. Unfortunately, I have yet to find one. So about two weeks ago we found this ad for a Honda Odyssey that was for sale in NC. We drove the 2 1/2 hours to test it out. The kids loved it and wanted to...

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Jessica-Update

Please continue to pray for Jessica! Here is a blog her family has set up for her! It has been just over a month now since Jessica went to the hospital… From December 7th: For the last three weeks my heart has been gripped by Jessica’s story. A young wife, with a young son of two years and currently carrying her second. The week of Thanksgiving she went into the hospital with breathing issues. Tests revealed cancer wrapped around her throat. Due to her situation they felt they would be able to take action immediatly with treatments. However, one more test revealed the dreadful truth that the cancer was not contained in her throat, but filled her body and organs. My heart was ripped in two for this beautiful mother, her husband, her young son, her...

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Grace in Those I Serve…

“Only the humble can identify evidences of grace in ones who are in need of ‘adjustment’ ” (CJ Mahaney). The Lord used these words to truely humble my heart, to bring me to my knees as I thought of my service to my children. How often do I look for evidences of God’s grace in the lives of my little ones? It is so easy for me to look past the beam in my eye and to only see the areas of weakness in my children’s behavior and actions. To forget that I have the Spirit in me who helps and aids me on this slow crawl to sanctification…and to expect these little ones ,who as of yet, have not His presence within them, guiding them, chastening them. So I was rebuked, stopped dead in my tracks. Recently a friend and I giggled in an...

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Giving Thanks, Words of a Friend

A dear friend wrote Ann and her words are the text of Ann’s post today. Sweet words of a friend brought tears to my eyes as I thought of giving Thanks throughout my day…

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