Today I am trying to gather my thoughts as they bounce from finding homes for orphans, preparing for Haiti, racing to Dr. appointments, bible studies, feeding programs, orphans, laundry, what I am gonna fix for supper, soccer, gymnastics, baseball, dance, homework, malaria, formula for starving infants, how to dig deeper into God's word, HIV, speech, physical therapy, yellow fever shots, Down Syndrome, grocery shopping, passports, adoption, budgeting, fundraising, exercising(ha!), indestructible glasses, leading and shaping my children, schedules, chore charts, Reece's Rainbow, volunteering, Visiting Orphans, church, homeschooling(what?!?) and when I will have 5 minutes of uninterrupted conversation with the love of my life. (and that's just what went through my brain in the last 5 minutes!!!)
God continues to move us into a time of Abundance...
Abundance: an extremely plentiful or oversufficient quantity or supply; overflowing fullness
We are all healthy, loved and provided for. Our life is full of people who love and support us in every crazy adventure God leads us on. He helps us daily to provide in every way so that I can be home. He has provided so that I can spend 8 days in Haiti and know that my hubby & kiddos are taken care of. He has put people in our path that have mentored, prayed, and equipped us to continue on the journey God has us on. All of this is so amazing! Last week we talked about the multiple times God has DONE this or DONE that. How we doubted, how we were discouraged and THEN... How God took us and molded us, shaped us and taught us through that experience. And maybe even Rocked our world a little bit:) Oh, how I pray that I will not doubt my Father, the one who comforts me, encourages me, and never leaves me. So, let me just share how God rocked our world..AGAIN! Through all of our doubting; we have seen God raise 30K in 8 months to bring our boys home, we have seen him provide an amazing home for us, we have seen people bless us with an extreme makeover of our new home, we have seen God bring together a group of employees to join us where God is working, we have seen God provide for our kids back to school needs, we have seen God provide 4 months of tuition so that Charlie & Levi can remain at the The Bynum School, and then came an opportunity to take our oldest 3 girls on a mission trip. Ah, my hearts desire. It sounded like a totally cool opportunity, something we had always talked about but never really thought it could happen. But remember God's got this! So we pray about it, and without question we felt God telling us to GO! The thought of raising the money was a wee bit overwhelming (there came that doubt again), but we knew it was God. We notified Visiting Orphans that there would be 5 of us going and then started thinking of every fundraiser we could possibly have over the next 6 weeks and THEN.....in less than 12 hours; yes I said 12 hours we had someone say, "Well, How 'bout I just pay for the whole trip? God wants me to do that".... What? Are you Serious, No Stinkin' Way, Tears, Holy Cow!!!! I seriously almost passed out! and... I am crying again as I type this. lol You can not put boundaries on what God can and WILL do.
I remember when I was a little girl sitting at my grandad's house flipping through a National Geographic magazine that was filled with pictures of Ethiopia. The peoples faces, the reality of the life they lived. I knew even at a young age that we had an Abundance compared to them, and that SOMEBODY should do something about it. Now I know God was planting a seed:) I can no longer sit back and pretend that it is somebody else's problem.
If a man shuts his ears to the cry of the poor, he too will cry out and not be answered
A paraphrase from Matthew 25 by Richard Stearns: For I was hungry, while you had all you needed. I was thirsty, but you drank bottled water. I was a stranger, and you wanted me deported. I needed clothes, but you needed more clothes. I was sick, and you pointe out the behaviors that led to my sickness. I was in prison, and you said I was getting what I deserved.
We will be traveling Dec. 27th-Jan 7th to 5 orphanages in Ethiopia & Rwanda Please Pray for us as we prepare to love on orphans and share the Love of Christ with them.
We have a Garage Sale Fundraiser planned in October This will be to raise the $600 needed for our yellow fever shots & for supplies that we will be taking to these orphanages
If you have items that you would like to DONATE to our sale please contact me: firstname.lastname@example.org We can pick up if needed:)