Blessings Abound Today


Hi friends! I am not even sure how to type this post, but I had to send this out…I want to scream from a mountaintop and lay on the floor in a puddle of tears, joyful tears….all at the same time. I received another skype call this morning from my friend in the Philippines. She had spent several hours with our girl today talking through everything. She even shared with her about us having “Hope” on our arms. What a blessing to know that our girl is excited and ready to come home. What a blessing to know that God’s timing is so incredibly perfect that he answered a YEAR long prayer of hers within 9 days of the target date she had asked for. It is so wonderful to hear that she is trusting the Lord and that he is using US to answer her prayers. Things we could not be imagining God was working out for all of us prior to my arrival in the Philippines! I think it is amazing to know that while God worked out the timing for us on this end, he was also working it out for HER on that end.
While we were first discussing the adoption and having our initial dinner at Maxwell’s, she was being met with by a social worker that asked her if she wanted to be adopted. We had sent a photo of our family with a team from our church (not knowing that we would be adopting her) and while she was talking with the social worker she said she kept thinking of the photo of our family. I believe this was God giving her assurance even then that he was in control. He had picked us to be together. He had made us a family in our hearts, months before we will be in person. Oh how we love her. So today is once again a day for JOY…JOY that she knows…JOY that she is excited…and most of all JOY for a father in heaven who is so able to work out all of our details. I have never been more astounded at how clearly he has planned all of this. It has strengthened my faith incredibly to know that if he is working out all of this right now, he has always been working it out, for all of us who trust him with our lives. I am not sure why I keep being surprised…Chad and I have joked all morning about the verse in Job 38….”Where were you when I laid the earth’s foundation? Tell me, if you understand. 5 Who marked off its dimensions? Surely you know! Who stretched a measuring line across it? 6 On what were its footings set, or who laid its cornerstone– 7 while the morning stars sang together and all the angels shouted for joy? 8 “Who shut up the sea behind doors when it burst forth from the womb, 9 when I made the clouds its garment and wrapped it in thick darkness, 10 when I fixed limits for it and set its doors and bars in place, 11 when I said, ‘This far you may come and no farther; here is where your proud waves halt’? 12 “Have you ever given orders to the morning, or shown the dawn its place, 13 that it might take the earth by the edges and shake the wicked out of it?
On reading this I am not sure why I keep being surprised when God works everything out. HE alone is in charge of ALL…Lord help me not to forget!


3 responses »

  1. Beautiful! You are going to have such fun sitting down with her talking through the tapestry of the last 16 years and how he’s been weaving your lives together. So much of our lives is like looking at the BACK of the tapestry with all the knotty ends and pieces, but every now and again, he flips the thing over for us and just smiles at our astonishment. What glory He is receiving from your story being shared!! I think we always share more when we are taken back with wonder at His goodness and plan. Even though He never changes, I think He delights in our short memory and our surprise because it means we are more inclined to give him the praise than if we just complacently expected it with a toe tapping impatience. I cannot WAIT to meet her! 🙂

  2. AMAZING!!!! Amy, I can’t wait to tell Todd all the details of how God fulfilled her heart’s desire (within DAYS of her target date – wow!!). He and I have loved seeing this all come together, and we can’t wait to see her and know that she has finally come home and that you are the family God meant for you to be.

    Love to you and to her. Please tell her “hi” from me if you get the chance and let her know how thrilled I am that I’ll get to see her soon.

    – Julie

    • Thank you Julie! It has been so exciting! We are so ready for her to be home, but know that God’s timing is perfect for that as well! I am sure she will be happy to see familiar faces as well. I am going to start praying now that you are singing on her first Sunday home =)

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