Sunday, November 2, 2014

praying big

We continue to Dream Big, but now we are praying even bigger.

Today is Orphan Sunday, and our hearts ache for children who live as orphans all around the world--and often next door without us realizing it. It's so hard to imagine what it's like to live as an orphan, yet our eyes are being opened more every day to the specific trials they face.

Please join us to day in praying for orphans across the globe, and specifically in praying for the children of DRC who are not orphans but continue to live as such. They have been legally adopted and have all paperwork complete except for the Exit Letter they need from DR Congo's DGM office.

We are praying to have them home for Christmas, which might seem like a large task but we know that it's not too large for God. Nothing is too hard for Him; no dream is too big. With His Word He spoke the Earth into existence, so bringing these children home isn't too much for Him. In fact, I think we often ask too little of God.

We tend to think we have everything under control ourselves and don't need Him to work daily in our lives. We have bought into such a sham. The truth is, God is in complete and absolute control, and no matter how many human efforts we make to bring these kids home, nothing happens unless the Lord ALMIGHTY--author and creator--allows it.

So, yes, our prayers that the stuck children of DRC are home for Christmas are big prayers. But we can't just dream big anymore--if we have believed that in the past we have been wrong. We must pray big, too.

On top of that, we are praying specifically that Sweet C's final adoption paperwork gets into our hands THIS WEEK so that we can declare her as our daughter--an orphan no more! This would mean we could finally go meet her and file paperwork at the Embassy.

I am begging God for these things daily and nightly. I am begging you to join in praying big for these precious children and their families daily.

Consider:

"Let us therefore come boldly to the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need." - Hebrews 4:16 (C's name means mercy...kind of changes the meaning of this verse for me sometimes!)

"You in your mercy have led forth the people which you has redeemed: you have guided them in your strength unto thy holy habitation." - Exodus 15:13

"The Lord thy God in the midst of you is mighty; he will save, he will rejoice over you with joy, he will rest in his love, he will joy over you with singing." - Zeph 3:17

"The sacrifices of God are a broken spirit: a broken and contrite heart, O God, you will not despise." - Psalm 51:17

(And thank you, Dear Friends. While I am lifting prayers, I am also praising God for those of you who have been so encouraging and generous, who have remembered our hurts and who continue to lift up prayers up on our behalf. I am also praising God for teaching me so much.)