Our Journey To Ethiopia video
Sunday, March 30, 2008
With a grateful and joyful heart, Brad and I now are able to call Isabella Grace not only our precious daughter, but a sister in Christ!! She is 3 months shy of her 6th birthday and is very young but is truly able to beautifully articulate a solid understanding of the saving grace of Jesus! From a very early age, she has always been extremely sensitive to the things of the Lord as well as asking very probing questions. She began sitting with us in church when she was four years old and became very intrigued when the Lord's Supper was passed. She asked many questions and continued to tell us she wanted to "become a Christian too" but we wanted to continue our conversations with her to make sure she truly understood the gospel (as only a child is able) and not just wanting to "eat the cracker and drink the juice" (or as Elijah told us a couple a weeks ago while the Lord's Supper was being passed, "Mommy, I need that because I am so hungry and thirsty!") We continued to talk to her and explain our need for Christ's salvation but she never asked or seemed ready to talk to Jesus about it.
So, tonight she began asking questions about baptism and as we talked about the gift of salvation, she was adamant that she talk to Jesus "right now!" She began to walk out of our bedroom towards her room and when I asked her where she was going, she said, "I am going to my room to ask Jesus into my heart, and tell Him I am sorry for all my sins and that I want to obey Him all the time because I love Him very much!" I was shocked she had such determination but quickly Brad and I asked her if we could come too and she gladly said yes! We knelt at her bedside and listened to the most precious prayer of a child who beautifully demonstrated to us what it means to have a "childlike faith"! Then, with grateful and humble hearts, we prayed over her and cried tears of pure joy that the Lord has chosen her as one of His children!
"But we are bound to give thanks always to God for you, brethren beloved of the Lord, because God hath from the beginning chosen you to salvation through sanctification of the Spirit and belief of the truth."
2 Thessalonians 2:13
We pray she will have an obedient heart that loves, desires and follows her Lord and Savior for His glory alone! Soli Deo Gloria!!
"I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth." III John 1:4
Saturday, March 29, 2008
- 4 Buttermilk pies
- 8 mini loaves and 1 large loaf (for individual slices) of Banana Nut Bread
- 2 mini loaves and 1 large loaf (for individual slices) of Pumpkin Bread
- 2 dozen Oatmeal cookies
- 2 dozen Chocolate Chip cookies
- 2 dozen Sugar cookies
- 8 dozen Reese's Peanut Butter cookies
- 4 dozen Peach Muffins
- 1 dozen Triple Berry muffins
- 2 Strawberry Cakes with Cream Cheese Icing
- 5 pans of Brownies (1 pan for individual servings)
- 1 pan of Lemon Bars
- Dark Chocolate Toffee candy
- Milk Chocolate Toffee candy
- about 5 dozen Rice Krispy treats
Needless to say, Brittany and I baked all day and night until 4:30 am on Saturday, and then woke up at 6:30 am to set up for the Garage/Bake Sale! We were exhausted and we will definitely get started much earlier next time, plus try to get some of the baked goods donated to save time!! We were so surprised to have most of the ingredients on hand with the exception of needing more eggs and flour!
Brad set up a Lemonade stand with the kids and made signs for the Bake Sale and Lemonade Stand! The kids were so excited about the Lemonade stand and Isabella would yell, "Lemonaaaaaaaaaaaaaade!" everytime someone would walk up! Elijah kept pouring lemonade in several cups on the table and then would drink a few sips out of all of them saying, "Mmmmm! That's yummy lemonade!" Good thing we caught that before he handed them out to people!!
Even though we didn't make as much as last time, we still made a great profit and most of that profit came from the baked goods! So at least that was worth our time and efforts! We had a great time and are thankful for the Lord's provision once again!
Friday, March 28, 2008
"I called him but he did not answer." Song of Songs 5:6
Prayer sometimes lingers, like a petitioner at the gate, until the King comes forth to fill her bosom with the blessings which she seeks. The Lord, when He has given great faith, has been known to test it by lengthy delays. He has allowed His servants’ voices to echo in their ears as from a brazen sky. They have knocked at the golden gate, but it has remained immovable, as though it were rusted upon its hinges. Like Jeremiah, they have cried, “You have covered Yourself with a cloud, so that no prayer can get through.” Thus have true saints continued to wait patiently at length without reply, not because their prayers were not vehement, nor because they were unaccepted, but because it so pleased Him who is a Sovereign, and gives according to His own pleasure. If it pleases Him to bid our patience exercise itself, shall He not do as He wills with His own! Beggars must not be choosers either as to time, place, or form. But we must be careful not to take delays in prayer for denials: God’s past-due bills will be punctually honored; we must not allow Satan to shake our confidence in the God of truth by pointing to our unanswered prayers. Unanswered petitions are not unheard. God keeps a file for our prayers – they are not blown away by the wind, they are treasured in the King’s archives. This is a registry in the court of heaven wherein every prayer is recorded. Tested believer, your Lord has a tear bottle in which costly drops of sacred grief are put away, and a book in which your holy groanings are numbered. Before long, your suit shall prevail. Can’t you be content to wait a little while? Won’t your Lord’s time be better than yours? Before long He will comfortably appear, to your soul’s joy, and make you put away the sackcloth and ashes of lengthy waiting, and put on the scarlet and fine linen of full fruition.
I was reminded (and totally humbled) that the Lord gives according to His pleasure not ours. I have always known the Lord's timing is perfect but my heart has been convicted now by being reminded why His timing is perfect.....for His own glory. Even though we desire something now and we think we cannot wait any longer, He knows when He will receive the most glory for the blessings He bestows on our lives! Wow! I am glad I was obedient to that little "nudge" or I would have missed out on such honest, direct and comforting words.
**Funny little note: I have been very sick with a virus for the past several days and unaware really what the date was last night as I was flipping through my devotional book. I made an "educated guess" (I thought!!) on what the date was, so I read the evening of March 29th.....which is great, except last night was March 27th! The great thing is that when I discovered that this afternoon, I flipped back to March 27th to see what it said and although it was a great point, I really do not feel like it would have humbled me, convicted me or comforted me last night. The Lord met me where I was and gave me exactly what I needed in spite of me not knowing something as simple as the date! I love that!
Sunday, March 23, 2008
Little Miss Isabella Cottontail!
Friday, March 21, 2008
Monday, March 17, 2008
Last year, I thought it would be fun to introduce the Leprechaun myth and told the kids we should put some gold coins (chocolate, of course!) out for our little Leprechaun friend and he would come in while we were sleeping and search for the coins! Great idea, very poor execution!! For many weeks after that, the kids were terrified to sleep in their own rooms and had nightmares of this little Leprechaun! They always made sure the doors were locked before they went to bed so that the Leprechaun couldn't come into our house! Basically, my plan to start a fun little tradition backfired in a major way!! So, now we just dress in silly green costumes and make sure that all of the food we eat on this day is green!
The kids love green milk, eating on green plates, green eggs, etc. We had manicotti tonight (in conjunction with learning all about Italy since Daddy is there!) and we even dyed the manicotti noodles green! Then, we had green cupcakes for dessert!
It's not easy being green!
Friday, March 14, 2008
Brad left early this morning to travel to Europe with some of the Juniors and Seniors (and some of their parents!) that he teaches at NCA. They will be traveling to Italy and Greece this week and since he has traveled all over Europe many years ago, he will be teaching the Biblical history of these places. They will return very late on Saturday evening and then he will preach the next morning for Easter! I am sure he will be extremely exhausted after Sunday and ready for some sleep! While he is away this week, I am hoping to get some projects out of the way before he returns as well as some reading for the adoption!
Next week will mark the end of our 5 months waiting time and hopefully, we will have a referral! We shall see!
“For we walk by faith, not by sight.” 2 Corinthians 5:7