Monday, January 10, 2011

"Waiting" is not easy

So I have shared with many of you that "waiting" for our child is difficult for me and our family.  I read this today, and it has come to me when I most need it (God's perfect timing).  This is part of an article written by Charles Stanley.  I hope it comforts you in any "wait" you are having to endure ....

Life's Most Difficult Lesson

Learning to Confidently Wait for the Lord

By Charles F. Stanley

Lessons are an ongoing part of life. Although an academic education comes to an end, we never cease learning vital spiritual lessons. The truths that God teaches us are invaluable and practical because they affect our character development, choices, and lifestyle. Their influence reaches beyond our earthly lifetimes all the way into eternity.
One of the most difficult faith lessons we will ever learn is to wait upon the Lord. Maybe you are facing a critical decision and don’t know which way to go. Or perhaps you have been praying about a certain matter, but God is simply not responding. Is a difficult or painful situation wearing you down because there’s just no end in sight?
At such times, the only thing we want is instant relief or immediate direction, yet Psalm 27:14 says, “Wait for the Lord; be strong and let your heart take courage; yes, wait for the Lord.” To wait for the Lord means to remain in your present circumstances or environment until He gives further instruction. Far from encouraging passivity, this verse calls for an active choice to be at rest, trusting in God and His timing. It’s not a cessation of daily activities but an internal stillness of spirit that accompanies you throughout the day.

Saturday, January 8, 2011


Ok, I just wanted to say today, that I had NO idea how hard it would be to not buy things for Ava yet, as we do not yet know how old she is.  Every time I shop, I get pulled to the little girl stuff and just have to look, but I just can't feasibly buy anything until after China gives us our official referral for her (with her age).  Whew, Lord, please help me not to go crazy and broke with these little girl things I want for her ....

We have her room ready (and the boys' crib in the attic if we need it :)

Verse for the day:
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world." - James 1:27