Tomorrow is Thanksgiving, and in the spirit of thankfulness I will tell you this: We have plenty for which to be thankful. In a year of excruciating waiting and uncertainty, the fact that God is with us, has a plan for us, has a plan for Sweet C, and has given us everything we need to fulfill our purpose for him is not lost on me. I acknowledge and am thankful that "from him and through him and to him are all things. To Him be glory forever."
I am so incredibly thankful for the people God has placed in my life. Until now, I have not fully recognized the true value of being surrounded by and in community with amazing people--friends, family, husband, kids--who are REAL about struggles and full of grace, who love the Bible, and who are learning to be more like Christ daily.
And I am incredibly thankful for people has placed in my life from a distance. One person for whom I am thankful is Sarah, my friend in Cali (it sounds so cool to say it that way), who sends me Bible verses EVERY MORNING to remind me of God's promises.
And she sent me this one this morning: "I will give thanks to the Lord with my whole heart; I will recount all of your wonderful deeds." (Psalm 9:1)
And since that's the case, here's a quick (not inclusive) recounting of his wonderful deeds for us lately:
- Christ's intercession for us at the right hand of God.
- This difficult journey that has stripped away things that I once thought were important and replaced them with things that really ARE important.
- Sweet C's wonderful life
- Brody's adoption journey and the amazingly sweet personality of his
- Brecken's crazy-early birth journey and his awesome individuality
- great friends and family
- God's calling in Brad's life and the fact that he uses his amazing leadership skills to equip and train others for leadership, including our own children.
The list could go on for miles, but I'll stop there.
My heart is thankful. I hope you have plenty for which to be thankful, too.
Reminder: Please continue to pray with us for the families and children affected by the DRC suspension of Exit Letters. PLEASE keep praying specifically that the suspension will be lifted, that we will finally receive C's paperwork, and that the stuck children will be home for Christmas!!!
(PS -- I've collected an assortment of biblical promises and truths about the heart of God for the orphan on Pinterest here, if you're interested. When pleading on behalf of his [stiffnecked] people, Moses reminded God of his promises for their future inheritance, and God changed his mind about destroying them [Exodus 32]. This might mean, then, that we can (should?) remind God of his promises for the orphan in our prayers asking him for help in "setting the lonely in families." We need not remind him because he has forgotten, but because a Father likes to know his children remember his words.)