My posts maybe have not always be entertaining.
But if you'll bear thru this long one, if I can put it into understandable language...
I believe you will be encouraged as I was in prayer tonight.
In the last week I have been reminded of the words
But this sign screamed "Buy me!"
and it now hangs in our living room. :)
Then the next morning I was cleaning Eli's table off... that's a long table we have set up in our den with all the adoption folders, paperwork, fundraising stuff, his change collection can, etc. Anyway, there was a gift bag from my secret sister at church last Sun. I had taken a pretty picture out of it the day before, but did not realize there was something in the bottom of the bag.
Yep, more Faith, Hope and Love...
Coincidence? I think, not!
April has been a hard month for me. A lot of stresses and life junk have just gotten in my way. Not to say God has not still been working and blessing. Oh, he has!
We finally got the last of our background clearances. Our home study was finished and approved. We received pictures and an update on Eli.
You may remember a couple weeks ago a dear sweet fellow adoptive mom (named Dawn) blessed us by sending us pictures from her waiting daughter's birthday, which had Eli in several shots. Well that same mom is currently in China, in Eli's same city, adopting her daughter. Yay!
Well she very generously offered to take Eli small gifts from us when she went. So we created him a new photo book, wrote him a letter (which a sweet friend translated for us) and Dawn got him a drawing pad & colored pencils for us.
And we sent a Mother's Day card and gift to his foster mom.
Not sure if she will get it, but then not sure if Eli will get his gifts either. We are HOPING...
Well things in China haven't gone exactly as Dawn planned, but I found out tonight that she was able to give our gifts to the orphanage director who seemed sincere in planning to get them to Eli.
And also that Joy (Dawn's newly adopted daughter) and Eli are indeed friends. Yay! More praises!
So you see there has been plenty to praise God for in April. But still life has gotten me down. I have let the enemy take one too many shots at me. And lately, I have walked around in a blinded stupor.
So now, I'd like to share somethings I got out of a bible study I did tonight.
There are many key terms and concepts like faith, hope, and love which we come across as we read the Word of God, but often these are just vague concepts for many people.
which is one of God's greatest commandments,
GOD is magnified...
GOD is glorified...
God is lifted on high.
And that's a calling I want to fullfill.
1 Thes. 1:3 "We remember before our God and Father your work produced by faith, your labor prompted by love, and your endurance inspired by hope in our Lord Jesus Christ."