We are now in the waiting period...waiting to hear what our next step is, what our next document to complete is, etc, etc, etc...
The stress has been lifted! If you cannot tell, I am a bit OCD...so if there is something I can be gathering, doing, I am not content until it is done.
Last weekend, we bought several books on Ethiopia, as well as, raising a child from a different race/culture. Tyler spent this week reading a book on Ethiopia culture/customs. So, he has been non-stop asking me "What else do you want to know about Ethiopia?" like a broken record. We want to make sure that we teach our child about his/her country and help him/her to thrive.
Almost every week, I put a prayer request into our collection basket at church. The Chapel then prays for us all week long. We have been asking for God to continue to lead us, carry us, and comfort us on this journey. Today when I got the mail, there was a card from the associate pastor at The Chapel. The card was full of hope and he wrote to us saying that he too has an adopted child. It was a simple gesture, but it meant the world to me:) We know without a doubt that we are pleasing God. I keep reading over and over in the Bible about God's love for the widow and the orphan and how it pleases God to care for these.
We are getting so excited! I feel that the end is drawing closer, with each week. I try to envision what it will be like when we see our child for the first time. It brings tears of joy to me when I think about it:) I cannot wait to get the call!!!I encourage everyone to read Matthew 25. Here is one of my favorite verses from this chapter:
"I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me" Matthew 25:40
God is continuing to bless us, and He knows exactly what we need! We started on this journey saying that we are going to adopt a child in need (one of the reasons we chose Ethiopia, because we felt that there was a great need there) but, as we continue on....I have a feeling that we need this child, more than he/she needs us. Our child has already taught us so much already. He/she has strengthened our lives/love for God and strengthened our marriage (which was already great before).
“Three times I pleaded with the Lord to take it away from me. But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weakness, so that Christ’s power may rest on me. That is why for Christ’s sake, I delight in weakness, in insults, in hardships, in persecutions, in difficulties. For when I am weak, then I am strong.” 2 Corinthians 12:8-10