Wednesday, May 5, 2010

So God

How appropiate that God prompted me to put John Waller's song on my blog long ago. 

I'm waiting on you Lord. 

That's where I've been since Saturday. 

Waiting. 

Being still......

and knowing that He is indeed God.

We were $6000 away from being able to leave for China.  The people that we used to be would have high-tailed it to a bank or a credit card and secured the debt that we needed to meet our goal.  But God has changed us.  He told my sweet husband Saturday night that we had not gotten ourselves this far.  He had brought us to this point.  So why would we want to take over now? 

So we waitied.

We faced many questions from our well-meaning family and friends. 

"What's the back-up plan?" 
"What are you gonna do?" 
"Only one of you should go."
"You should leave the girls home."
"You shouldn't have booked those tickets."
"What's plan B?"

And we also got some not-so-well-meaning comments from one of our chat groups when the topic of fundraising came up.

"Your needs are not more important than others."
"If you can't afford to adopt, you shouldn't have started this."
"You have no right to tie up a child's file then not be able to go get her."
"If you can't afford to adopt, you shouldn't."
"If you can't afford to go get her than you should just leave her there in her own country with her own parents." 

You can bet I clarified that WE ARE HER PARENTS and I am no longer a member of that group.

All of this while we waited on the Lord.

Meanwhile things slowly started happening.

Sweet bloggy friends made very generous donations.  Thank you my friends.  You melt my heart.

We heard from the GoA grant that we were being recommended for funding a grant.  We gave them the asked for updates (we still needed $6000 at that time!) and we should hear something in the next week or so.

My mom and dad gatherd up all of their spare change and gave it to us to roll.  Holy cow!  They had a lot.  Like over $400 worth.  Can you just hear the story of the loaves and fishes?

Our in China travel came back $2500 under what we expected.  That is so God.  We got the estimations from our agency just Saturday!  So God.

We sat here this morning, only 4 days later, and only about $2000 away from our goal.  And we think we know where we can get about half of that.  So so God. 
We will update our Chip In button today and also end it Friday so we can transfer funds before we leave.
If God is prompting you to give, give.  If not, he's got another plan to provide and we love you anyway!

And to top is all off we got some new pics of Abbey from some other parents who are adopting from Luoyang.  She is in the background of several......


She looks so good.  She also looks older.  The last pictures we have of her are from Lori's visit to Luoyang to get Macy.

Yours, O Lord, is the greatness, the power, the glory, and the majesty.  Everything in the heavens and earth is yours, O Lord, and this is your kingdom.  We adore you as the one who is over all things.  Wealth and honor come from you alone, for you rule over everything.  Power and might are in your hand, and at your discretion people are made great and given strength.
1 Chronicles 29:11-12

Can't you just hear the truth ringing from this Scripture.  God gave me this during my morning quiet time this morning.  We do not live under society's kindom.  We don't live according to the logic of humans.  We live for God only.  We serve God only.  We obey God only.  I love the safety in that.  The safety in knowing that I am not in control and I sooooooo don't want to be.  Everything is His.  Our selves.  Our children.  Our futures.  Our security.  Our confidence.  And yes even our finances.

...being confident of this, that he who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus.
Philippians 1:6

See!  Scripture tells us that he will not leave us dangling.  I have spent so much of my life thinking that he is able to do great things, but I would probably do something to mess it up.  That is a lie that Satan has used to keep me down.  It is not the truth.  We are not that powerful.  That is pride talking there.  He will not give up on us and he will not leave us.  He will finish what he started.  My life has been planned out from day one and he will see me through until I take my last breath.

Oh how I praise his name!

8 comments:

living4him5 said...

PRAISE PRAISE GOD!!!!!! What a beautiful testimony. I can't wait to see how the Lord reveals how the last $2000 will come thru.

He is our God of the seen and unseen.

Thank you for sharing!!
Amy

Lori said...

Friend, I absolutely love your heart!! I love how you and your family have obediently followed God's plan for adopting Abbey, even when it looked impossible and ridiculous (to some). God's faithfulness never fails. Never.

I simply can't wait to see you and your sweet girl together. Yippeeee!!

Love you!!!

natali said...

I am so glad to see that you are trusting GOD! He does provide! :))

Jerry and Christy said...

God has used this adoption to strengthen your faith and He always comes through! He so very much cares for the orphan and loves Abbey. I love watching Him work in ways we never imagine.
Christy

Jerry and Christy said...

Leah,

Your husband is right. We have learned over the years that what God initiates, He supports! We learned that lesson during our first adoption. My wife, unbeknownst to me, had been praying for God to bring $ into our household from outside our means as a confirmation that he wanted us to adopt. Sure enough, she received a call from her aunt who wanted to meet with her (quite unusual by the way) and her siblings. When they met she handed each of them an envelop. Inside the envelop was a check for $5000.00!!! It was an inheritance from her grandmother who had died 8 years prior! That is the exact amount she had been asking God to bring! Again, WHAT GOD INITIATES, HE STRONGLY SUPPORTS!

Blessings to your family,

Jerry & Christy

Cari said...

Leah, that is absolutely amazing! What a blessing from above!! I kept checking your blog hoping and praying to read a post like this. You are right...so God!! :)

Macy said...

Hello friend, How luck you are! I can't wait to see her when she get her New home...but i know you will go to China and get her soon...hope you have fun in China!Yeah...........I'm soooo happy for her...

connie said...

Praise God for His perfect timing and abundant provision! The enemy will always use others to cause doubt and discouragement - but that is not truth! If we had ALL we needed to follow Him, there would be no reason for faith. Oh, His strength is made perfect in our weakness! Now go get your girl!