How do we know this? His word tells us so:
"...Our Father knows just what we need before we even ask Him." Matthew 6:8.
Isn't this incredible? We think so.
In May, 2011, at our NH home school convention in Manchester, we met the most wonderful family that had just moved to NH. They are the Cozzi family. The Dad, (Kevin) is a family doctor. The Mom is a home school Mom and at that time they had 3 children, ages 14, 13, and 12. We enjoyed meeting them soooo much and had good intentions to stay in touch, but we didn't.
Fast forward to March of 2012, and our NH Homeschool convention this time in Meridith, NH.
Fast forward to September. We received an email from Joy inviting us to celebrate her 3 daughter's birthdays, which were in September and October. It was called a:
You are My Sunshine party.
It was to be a wonderful celebration of life and friendships. We RSVP'd right away! We wouldn't miss it! Joy was sooooo excited that we would be coming as we had never been to their home they'd lived in for 2 years.
The only people we would actually "know" were the Cozzis. That's it. Still...we went...feeling that God was calling us to go. What an amazing time we had! Everyone that we met there were fellow believers! Imagine! It was an incredible blessing to us, and to many others that were there.
We didn't know the Timmon family had just prayed that God would provide them with another avenue to pursue private adoption besides registering with a very expensive agency yet again. God knew their heart's desire, though, and that we would be at the party, and be able to share our story with them, and give them our attorney's contact information. They had never heard of our attorney before. The Timmon family didn't know that Margaret had just told us that she has too many babies and not enough adoptive families, but God knew this important detail!
God's word also says...:
"Encourage one another and build each other up." 1 Thessalonians 5:11
God knew that many people needed encouragement, guidance and direction that would be at that party, including us. God knew that we had been praying and seeking His perfect will regarding a little boy named Theodore in Bulgaria that is desperate for a home to call his own and a family, too. We were crying out to God and wondering if his CP would be something that we could handle as a family.
So...about the connection...at the party we met the Timmon family...Bonita, and her daughter Laura, son Joshua, and adopted daughter Hadassa, and her husband, too. (we can't remember his name...) Anyway...God knew they needed encourage about pursuing their next private adoption, and God determined to use us as that encouragement. It was amazing! We got to share our story with them. All the while God was showing us that people with disabilities can live long lives for Him! You see, Bonita, the wife of the Timmon family has a disability that she was born with. She has to use crutches that attach to your arms in order to walk. She is an amazing woman, strong in the Lord and full of Joy! God used her to remind us that little Theodore sits in the orphanage waiting for a family, that could very well be us, and that his cerebral palsy does NOT define him and his ability, and also God's ability to use him for great and wonderful things! God knew that our Jonathan, would be soooo encouraged to meet their son Joshua who is 15. You see Joshua and Jonathan look like they could be brothers! They are sooooo much alike! We didn't know this connection would be made, but God did!
Will you please join us in praying for Theodore, and God's will in his little life, and God's will for us regarding Theodore. We must admit....it's super scary to step out in faith. This would require a lot of money...money which we don't have, but God does. We know that! We know that He owns the cattle on a thousand hills, and we know that if this is truly His will, He will open the doors and show us the way. Please join us in praying for God to show us what He would like us to do. We are putting out a fleece to the Lord and asking Him to show us the way!
So you see...this You Are My Sunshine party...was truly that. The light of the Son shining on each and every family there, it truly filled our well! We could have said..."Nope...we aren't going...we hardly know the Cozzi family and we don't want to go!"...but instead we said..."Yes...we are going and we are excited about it and look how God used it for His honor and His glory!
We didn't know how much we'd be blessed by Mandy and her husband Shae and their three children, who spent a year in Jerusalem and are an amazing family living for the Lord. We didn't know how much we'd bless them, either. And how Mandy would come up to Madelyn and say.."Madelyn, I just need to tell you, you have the most amazing and sweetest countenance about you. It's incredible!", and how Madelyn needed just that encouragement for such a time as that! We had NO idea about all of that, but God knew! He truly did! Just like His word says!
We didn't know that Grace would meet who could possibly be a bestest friend! Her name is Leah. She's 15 and they share a birth month and they also share a place in their family as the second oldest child in their homes of 7 children! Grace was so blessed by this!
Thank you Cozzi family...it was just what we needed, and God knew that!
Love to you all!