Saturday, October 23, 2010

GlobeTrotting...

What a day it has been. 

I woke up at 6:00 a.m. and by 8:30 was in another continent.  Oh yea, I was in Australia.  Then, quickly trotted over to Europe, where I was the Queen and as such coronated about 30 women into royalty for the day.    Empress, Duchess, Queen, Countess and even Marchioness (don't ask me, I don't know what that is either) Next, we trotted over to Asia- what a crowd.  Antarctica- brrrrr!  On to South America, Africa and home again to North America- all by 4:30 pm. 

No, I have not lost my mind.  I was at a WonderFull World women's retreat at my church.  We wondered about all sorts of things-- probably things you wonder about too.  
  • Does anyone care about me
  • What would it be like to be royalty
  • Do I matter to God
  • Where is God when life is hard
  • Can I really rely on God
  • Can I make a difference
  • What's ahead for me

We had a lot of fun answering these questions. 

  • Yes, God cares about me
  • I am royalty, I am a child of the King (I guess this means I should stop complaining to Rex about just wanted him to treat me like a Princess for one day!)
  • I do, and so do you matter to God
  • God is with me always, even when life is hard
  • I can rely on God
  • We can all make a difference
  • What's ahead?  hmmm.   
Rex and I decided about 5 years ago, to be obedient (to God, Rex still won't obey me :).. kidding, kidding.  Anyway we knew God was asking us to obey by again opening our home, and hearts to kids in need.  FOSTER PARENTING.  We had been foster parents before I got pregnant with Shayne, and we had both said never again.  It was hard, and painful, and scary.  Funny how our "nevers" don't impress God.  God had begun working in our hearts separately, and once we finally verbalized to each other what we felt God calling us to do, we realized he was calling us together.  So, we obeyed.  Now you may not think of being a foster parent as an act of obedience.  Well, tell me that after you've been one.  We began to pray, and wait, and we were ready for the what's ahead.  We thought. 

And then, the phone call came.  October 23, 2006, at 3:30 in the afternoon.  Two little babies... TWO, oh yeah.  Elijah- had just turned 18 months, and Isaiah was 1 day shy of 6 months.  Our lives changed in an instant.  We already had our Shayne, and at that time, and for just a short while another little 8 yr boy who had come to live with us in September of that year.  With one phone call, we doubled the number of our children.  I picked them up from the hospital and the chaos began. (So much chaos, that our first photos were destroyed by the retailer because I didn't have time to pick them up- these are some of the first pictures we have of them)


Elijah- around November - December 2006

Isaiah, around November-December 2006

I'll be honest, as beautiful as they are, if I could have seen into the future, I would have probably run as far as I could- away from the hospital.  But I serve a God who asks for obedience, and then He gives grace and strength, one day at a time.

Obedience always costs something.  But the blessings so far outway the costs. 

If you would have told me 4 years ago, today, that we would adopt two "brown" (as they call themselves) little boys- with some special needs- who would exhaust me and excite me in the same instant, I wouldn't have believed you.

I didn't know what was ahead.  I still don't!

You don't either!

Our roads are not easy, but any step God asks us to take, is to make us more like Jesus. 
Now, I'm mostly just plain embarrassed, because I am pretty sure that I do not look alot like Jesus most days.  But God keeps taking me down the road, one step at a time, He never leaves me.  He gives me just what I need each day, even when I don't think I can take it, He shows me I can.

Since I was leading this session today, as I celebrated the 4 yr anniversary of becoming mommy to Elijah & Isaiah, I got to share with the other globetrotters I spent my day with, that while we don't know what's ahead, we certainly know who is going with us each and every step of the way.

Jeremiah 29:11
"For I know the plans I have for you, says the Lord.  They are plans for good and not for disaster, to give you a future and a hope." 

Whatever your "ahead" may be, just know that God goes with you, has it all figured out for you and you matter to Him.  He cares so much about you, and is completely reliable. 

Just Trust and Obey!


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