James 5:16 "The effective, fervent prayer of a righteous man avails much".
To all of you who have been praying for us over the past 3 months as we have been waiting for the elusive I-171H, we thank you, it arrived today!!!!
Today was a remarkable day indeed. The day began with our fathers and daughters prayer breakfast at church. Every month the men of the church gather with their daughters or sons (this month was daughters) for breakfast and prayer at the church. We are a small congregation and this is an excellent opportunity for us to model for our children how we are to be intimately involved in the lives of other believers through prayer. I mentioned to the men this morning that our family has been struggling with our thoughts recently in regards to the wait for the I-171H. It has been a struggle, as I have mentioned before, to keep our thoughts centered on Christ and on knowing that all things are according to his timing and his will. Several men and daughters prayed specifically for us and it was such a blessing. I cannot express enough how much our family appreciates everyone who is on this amazing journey of adoption with us. We have become connected to so many people, people who's focus is on Christ and his glory, and who truly have a heart for orphans.
I was reading the blog of the Roberts family http://ajourneytogether-momtocnjn.blogspot.com/
last night. They are travelling next week to pick up their daughter in Ethiopia. There is a great picture posted of their daughter and a friend that they met in the cyberworld. The friend is holding their daughter, whom they have not yet got to hold, in the Gladney Orphanage. What an awesome thing it is that this adoption journey pulls together so many people to display God's love to so many others. It struck me that in that very orphanage and indeed maybe in that very room could be our daughter. The thought overwhelms me, but what overwhelms me more is the thought that our God knows exactly who our daughter is and where she is at this very moment and all of this he planned in eternity past, for his Glory!! To God be the Glory!!