Thursday, January 19, 2012

We Stand Amazed! Utterly and Positively Amazed!

Today we come humbly before our God and say....Thank you! Thank you so much Lord! Since our last post, we have received an additional $691.00! This means that we are actually down to only needing 58.89 people to give $100.00!! Isn't that amazing?? In the last week and a half, an incredible $1,941.00 has come in. Some of it from the most unusual and unexpected people and places! This is how our God likes to work. So that NO man can take credit for it!

We are still eagerly waiting to be matched with a birth Mom. The Mom, Nicole that we had mentioned, who is giving birth next week, has been matched with a family in Florida. We know that God has the perfect child in mind for us, and we just need to trust and wait on Him.
We just started a wonderful 30 devotional on Faith from George Muller. Today's entry had this scripture:  "Don't be afraid, just believe"  Mark 5:36

The title of today's entry was:  Triumphant Faith!
Here is a quote from the devotion:  "Faith is above circumstances. No war, no fire, no water, no business panic, no loss of friends, no death can touch it. It goes on its own steady course. It triumphs over all difficulties. It works most easily in the greatest difficulties. Those who really confide in God, because they know the power of His arm and the love of His heart as demonstrated in the death and resurrection of His only begotten Son are helped, whatever their trials and difficulties might be."

May we have this faith!
Join us in this prayer:
"Father, help my faith to rise above my circumstances today. Whatever comes my way, may I rest in the power of Your Son's resurrection and see Him seated at Your right hand. Strengthen me to hold on to Your unchanging love."  Amen

Sunday, January 08, 2012

Praising God From Whom ALL Blessings Flow!!

 This has been another incredible day here at Grace Abounding Farm! We had our beloved church family here for our monthly church service. It's an amazing blessing to have the service in our own home. Today's message was all about our journey with the Lord. The message was tied in together by my girls singing a duet of "Every once in awhile on the journey". It was an amazing day!

Another blessing today was that we had an additional $1,100.00 come in from two families in our church. Praise God!! He is in control and He is providing, guiding and directing us. We continue to stand amazed and in awe of Him! So we are now down to 66 people!! Isn't that amazing? One dear, dear family in our church said to us this morning...."We are prepared to give you a check for $1,000.00 this morning. Do you need it now for this adoption, or would you like to save it for the next one?". How great is that? Thank you God! We know that every good and perfect gift is from above!

Have a wonderful afternoon!


Saturday, January 07, 2012

JOY------the number is now 77 people to give $100.00!!

 We have unspeakable joy today! Thank you Lord! We had 2 more families pledge $100.00 each, and then just this morning, we had a family press $50.00 into my hand. We hadn't seen them in over a year! We also figured out our tax return on Monday, and found out that we will receive $5,700.00, which we are going to put toward our adoption expenses. We can file for that on Tuesday, January 17th! We are praising the Lord!!! So just this week, our number dropped from 134.5 people needed down to 77! God is soooooo good!

We have also been presented with another birth mother. We were given a call on her yesterday. The family that was matched with her has backed out of the adoption due to concern about the mom's consumption of alcohol. So she was presented to us, and we said yes, that we'd like our profile to be presented to her. We are willing to take that risk!

Please pray! We are short a significant amount of money that the Arizona attorney believes is needed. The birth mom's name is Nichole, and she is going to have a baby girl on or about January 29th. Our family is a carbon copy match to the family who backed out. It's not a coincidence at all! We know that God has orchestrated this! We also know that God is able to handle all of the details of this entire process! We have a great peace! We thank you so much for your prayers, and we promise to keep you posted!

We are specifically praying for softened hearts and our testimony, and for wisdom and God's will!

In His Care,


Thursday, January 05, 2012

Blessings Continue to Abound Here!--2012

Thank you for your prayers for our adoption journey. Today was a VERY exciting day here! We got our first call from the attorney's office with the details of 2 birth moms that our family profile will be given to. The birth moms must pick our profile in order for there to be a match.

You can be praying for the two Moms. 

Mom #1 is Elizabeth. We've told you about her before. She is expecting a boy, (we now know) on February 27th. He'll be brown skinned. She lives in Arizona.

Mom #2 is Deorethea. She is also expecting a boy.  He will be brown skinned, too. She is due on May 12th. She herself has sickle cell anemia. This is a bit of a concern to us, but she has 3 other children that are 100% healthy. We'll just look to the Lord and trust Him for the outcome on this one!

We should be presented to these birth moms sometime this week or so. We are trusting God that the birth Mom that selects us, will be the one that He has for us. This is a VERY exciting time for sure! It's a bit scary, and we wonder if we'll get picked at all. It's hard not to know. We put lots of scripture in our profile.

We've also been blessed with more donations! Since my last post, we are now down to needing 134.5 people to give $100.00!'s dropped a lot! People have  been hugely generous! One family gave us $200.00, and another family gave us $700.00 and the contents of their children's tootsie roll bank!  That's right! The children all voted they wanted to give that to us! The total was $40.00! Wow...every little bit helps! Thank you God!

I thought you also might like to take a peek at the first page of our profile.  The profile itself is 6 pages long. We worked hard to put this together. This is the initial contact that we have with the birth moms. We prayed that God would be glorified as we seek to do His will and we pray for our testimony of our family through the tool of this profile!

Keep praying and we'll keep you posted!