Monday, October 12, 2009

The Gift of Encouragement

Adoption is HARD on many levels. It is hard financially. It is hard emotionally. It's hard spiritually as you struggle day to day between trusting in God's timing and my own selfish "I want it now" attitude.

I believe that people need encouraging words to press on ~ especially since most faith journeys have their share of struggles. There have been many times recently when I have felt weak and it is the encouragement and prayers of friends and loved ones that have kept me going.

When we came home from church yesterday we found the gift of encouragement tucked in our doorway. The note said:

Salzwedel Family ~

We love that you're living out God's command to care for the orphans and making Mercy a part of your family. What a blessing for her to have an earthly mom and dad as well as the opportunity to be brought up in the Lord - her heavenly father!

We pray this gift would be helpful to your family as you bring Mercy home! We're praying for you all and look forward to the day we'll meet her.

Stay strong in the Lord as you wait on His timing! Blessings.

Inside the card was a very generous gift to our adoption fund. Praise God for this encouragement. Praise God for these anonymous givers who did more than just help financially, but ministered to our spirit to keep pressing on in faith. We are feeling grateful, humbled and encouraged.

And let us consider how we may spur one another on
toward love and good deeds.
Hebrews 10:24


Lena Wright said...

Awesome. I'm so glad God spurred someone to visible action on your behalf. love you and praying.

crispy said...

Just what you needed. I am so glad to see how the body of Christ encourages each other.

Bill and Christina said...

Yes praise God! I am so glad that you were blessed and encouraged!

The Gang's Momma said...

Wahoooo! God is so good. So happy for you guys - pressing on IS so hard and you guys are such an encouragement to me. I'm happy for the fact that God is using HIS people to lift your hands when you are weary and you can't do it alone!

Chapter Two Manmi said...

Praise God! What an encouragement and blessing. And you are absolutely right...adoption is hard. The wait is awfully hard. The financial burden is mounting. But there is end and then beginning. Praying for you!

Michelle said...

Love the new blog look and I love this blessing came to you my friend. I love you too.