A Few Quick Snippits
As Nate and I have had the privilege of spending some weeks in Ohio with my parents after my dad’s recent diagnosis of brain cancer, life has been quite different. Maybe this is the transitional stage between simple, quiet life of two to family of four open to growing more. (As I side note, I read a friend’s note today who mentioned she adopted 6 children in 3 years. I thought — hmmm, we’re open to that ).
This life-in-the-trenches may require quicker posts — both because of my evaporating attention span and the time I have to do things like blog.
So, here’s my snippit for the day:
Adoption: there has been lots of hub-ub around our agency’s yahoo group about potential referrals coming in this month. If the information is accurate, it means that new children have been identified and the agency is waiting on medical information before delivering referrals. Being that we’re up next for a referral, this increases my pulse. Even now, again as I type.
New Understanding of the Wait: The time here with my parents has been priceless. I have a whole new understanding of the wait and why God has allowed so many delays … as a home full of children would not have afforded us the mobility to settle in with my parents for a period of time as we have. Thank you Lord for the little bit of clarity on “why the wait”.
Prayer: This week I have had a new fervor to pray for our adoption, our girls and Ethiopia as a nation. My heart aches for a nation I’ve never visited, orphans roaming the streets that I’ve never seen in person, and a somewhat antiquated system that is making it all-the-more challenging for them to be placed in homes. These things are not mine — they are God’s. But He loves me enough to let me carry them in prayer.
This week my heart has been burdened for houses of prayer to be raised up in connection with orphanages so these precious little ones would have not just their physical needs–but also their spiritual needs met, and that the work of God “on the ground” would be infused with the true oil of prayer. I also pray that my children would know Him — even now — as their safe Father. And I have been asking that God would give systems and order to a bureaucratic process that, although necessary, now seems to be causing a log-jam between the thousands of families called to adoption and the millions of orphans waiting for homes.