Thursday, November 5, 2015

hope to cope

I mentioned yesterday that we got some crummy news Monday evening. The day took me for a loop because early Monday morning there were indications that the DRC adoption crisis was coming to an end. We had hopes up, then they were dashed. 

So I wallowed in self-pity for a bit on Tuesday then pulled myself together with the help of songs, God's Word, good friends, and even a Facebook post or two. 

I'm back to share some of the things that kept me out of a full-on self-pity fest. Hopefully these can help someone who is traveling on a difficult road like we are now. 

First, this quote, which happened upon my Facebook feed as I was losing it: 

"If you are going to be used by God, He will take you through a number of experiences that are not meant for you personally at all. They are designed to make you useful in His hands, and to enable you to understand what takes place in the lives of others. It is only through Jesus Christ that we can understand what God is after in his dealings with us. Are we prepared for God to stamp out our personal ambitions? Are we prepared for God to destroy our individual decisions by supernaturally transforming them? It will mean not knowing why God is taking us that way, because knowing would make us spiritually proud. Then suddenly we come to a place of enlightenment, and realize — God has strengthened me and I didn't even know it!" ~ Oswald Chambers (1874-1917)

As things continue to unfold badly, my temptation is to ask, "Why, God? Why have you called us into this?" We may never know why this has been such a hard (LONG) journey, but we don't need to know. We are on it, and He will use us because of it. 

God's Word: 
Zephaniah 3:17 -- 

"The Lord your God in your midst, The Mighty One, will save; He will rejoice over you with gladness, He will quiet you with His love, He will rejoice over you with singing.”

**This has become an absolute favorite. I never understood this verse until I had kids and knew what it meant to rejoice over them with gladness, quiet them with my love, and rejoice over them with singing. So reassuring to know God does this over his children and over our children near and far. He is in our midst with the power to save!

Psalm 3 -- So good. (Thanks Shannon!) Full chapter here.

I feel you, verses 3 & 4...
"But You, O Lord, are a shield for me,
My glory and the One who lifts up my head.
I cried to the Lord with my voice,
And He heard me from His holy hill."

Psalm 27:14 -- "Wait on the Lord: be of good courage, and he shall strengthen thine heart: wait, I say, on the Lord."
From Etsy 

From here
From Etsy

(Many of these images are from my dedicated waiting-for-Clementine Pinterest board, which keeps me sane in these times of waiting.)

Songs (Titles are linked to YouTube videos): 
"If You Want Me To" (Ginny Owens)
**Relevant lyrics (Um, they are all relevant): "The pathway is broken, and the signs are unclear. I don't know the reason why you've brought me here. But just because you love me the way that you do, I'm gonna walk through the valley if you want me to. Cause I'm not who I was when I took my first step, and I'm clinging to the promise that you're not through with me yet. So if all of these trials bring me closer to you, then I will go through the fire, if you want me to."

"Where You Are" (Mandi Mapes)
**"I love you more than you can say. When you're sleeping I'm awake, tears on my pillow. Only one thing matters in this life. Will you make it to the other side? And do you believe in bridges?" 
**"I've been there myself, put my faith in a manmade god." (umm, DRC and US governments)
**"When the waters rise and the stars fall from the skies, I will not be alone."

"Oceans" (Hillsong United)
**"You've never failed, and you won't start now." (And this whole song...a reminder that we ASKED for this. We asked to be led to a place where we couldn't understand it all and where we'd have to truly trust God with everything. Here we are, learning to fully trust. Be careful what you sing about...do you really mean it?)

Hallelujah (Bethany Dillon)

And there you have it. These truths are helping to keep me together in peace. Hope some of them helped you if you are weary. (Of course there are dozens more...)