It was one of those days that I want to remember.
A sweet friend, Robbie, who is adopting Zeke and Drew from China, challenged me to pray for the finances for their adoption. Like us, they weren't "planning" to adopt this year. And--if you want to see their sweet faces just go to her blog: http://meimeimakesfour.blogspot.com/ Aren't they precious? And did you see Josie Tatum and Ellie? They are some of Leighanne's friends.
Okay--back to yesterday. Well I began my prayer time with praying for their finances, then it moved to our adoption, then to individuals, couples, families, sisters, parents and our church. Before I knew it, I had been praying for a while. It was such a blessing to pray for my friends and family. Then I began to read in Psalms--a book that addresses many of life's issues. God reminded me of his provision for the Israelites, of the many miracles that took place, and of how nothing occured without his hand. I thought thank you--God. Only you can provide for these adoptions. I started thinking about how God told the Israelites to tell their families about how God had worked in their lives. When we tell our kids about how God provided for their adoptions, I want them to see that only God could have brought the money needed to bring them to our home. That their lives are in the hands of a mighty God, who loves us and provides for us so that we might bring Glory and Honor to Him.
And then my day got sweeter. I'm pretty sure that I was looking at things a little differently. I don't normally spend that much time in prayer--and if I'm being totally honest--there are days that other then giving thanks at my meals that I skip prayer time altogether. But yesterday I "saw" some things through God's eyes.
- I went to visit a friend of mine. I was just going to drop off what I was bringing to her and scoot, but instead I felt God telling me to go inside and give it to her. When I went in, I found out that she is going through some hard things. God led me to pray with her right then and there. I was hurting for her. If I had not gone in, I would have missed an opportunity to spend time in prayer with my friend.
- Then I went to WECC. We have supported their ministry since we moved here. But this year because of our own adoption, we haven't had a lot of spare money. I had been telling Ben that I still wanted to give to help support them. I remembered that I was supposed to be getting a check for some consulting that I did in January. So I went to the mailbox on Tuesday and Wednesday looking for the check--but nothing. Late on Wednesday, I got an email saying that my check was in the mail, so yesterday I was able to give to WECC. Again God provided. Isn't that FUN??? While I was there they also prayed for our family and Hannah Grace and for the adoption process.
- While I was at WECC, some women noticed my bracelet I was wearing. It is really a necklace that I wrapped around my arm. It was a necklace made out of paper beads by women in Uganda and sold here in the states by 147 Million Orphans. 147 Million Orphans buys the necklaces and then partners with families who are adopting to sell them in the states for a profit towards their adoption. My friend Robbie--who challenged me to pray, who is adopting Zeke and Drew, is who I bought the necklace from to support their adoption. Some of the women want to purchase a necklace to support both causes. Yay!!
- Then I was given a treat by another friend who took me out to the "Mad Hatter" for lunch. We had sweet fellowship together and started the meal by eating our scones first. YUM!
- Finally, we had supper with Robbie's son and daughter-in-law who just moved to St. Mary's with the Navy. What a great way to end the day. They were a lot of fun.
And so I'm going to challenge you to spend time in prayer for Robbie and Stan's adoption finances, for our adoption, for my friend who is hurting, for WECC and their finances and for anyone or anything else God bring's to mind. Pray!