Friday, September 5, 2008

It's Been a Year...

It just occurred to me that it was just over a year ago that God placed it on our hearts to adopt from Haiti. It seems we have come so far & yet we have so far to go.

This time last year I was trying to figure out who would do our homestudy. What would it involve? Would we "pass"? Where would the money come from? How would I ever get all of the paperwork gathered?

It has been a year filled with an abundance of joy & tears. Never before has God been so evident to me. I have made friends with virtual strangers who I now hold dear. I have been grown & stretched in ways I couldn't have imagined. My heart has been changed. I long to do more...to be more.

I do not know what the future holds or have all of the answers. Contemplating the "what ifs" of a Haitian adoption has the potential to consume me . The only sure thing I have in all of this chosen madness is to cling to my Father. He is at the very center of it all and it is His love that sustains me.
Faith is the confidence that what we hope for will actually happen; it gives us assurance about things we cannot see.
Hebrews 11:1

6 comments:

Sean and Lisa said...

God has a way of stretching us and making us so much better thru the process. It hurts but in the end it's so much worth it!!

Hang on to Him with all your strength, my friend. Praying your sweet girl home.

Amanda said...

Praise the Lord that you've answered this calling in your life. We both know that it's definitely challenging, but I do pray that your family is blessed with a beautiful answer to your obedience.

Thankyou for praying for us and walking alongside me via this blogworld.

Eric and Michelle said...

Oh please pray for me. This past week has been a struggle .... I hate that it has been so I have not even been able to post about it. We only have until February for Guatemala to open back up with out contract or then we will have to terminate or switch countries. Honestly I have struggled with feeling forgotten....sorry to be so raw. I admire your faith and ask for your prayers

Lena Wright said...

That is one of my favorite verses, Stephanie.

Thanks so much for sharing-it gives me great hope, as I start out on this adventure you are already a year into. I'm wondering the same things!

And so, I will choose, like you, to cling to God. I simply have no other choice.

Thanks again for sharing.

Katy said...

I love that God has brought us both to this journey together, though we have never met face to face. I am so grateful for you. Though it is never easy, He will guide us all the way. Praying for you always, as you continually turn the unknowns over to him, and wait for the blessings.

Tracy said...

Stephanie,
Can you email me sometime? My email is senior4him@frontiernet.net.

Thanks,
Tracy