Monthly Archives: January 2008

Thoughts on Endurance from James 5

Not much has changed since our last entry. We did get our USCIS form changed. They got it back to us pretty fast, and now our dossier is complete and ready to be apostilled (which takes about a week) and sent in. Unfortunately the embassy in Washington is still not accepting any applications for adoption, so we are still waiting. Pray for our patience and that they would open soon.

God continues to teach us things in our waiting. James 5:11 talks about waiting and what results from it. The second part  says, “You have heard of Job’s endurance and have seen the outcome from the Lord: the Lord is very compassionate and merciful.”

Now I would not say that we are going through the worst trials imagineable by any stretch, but I haven’t really thought to say that in all this God was specifically being compassionate and merciful to us. But James 5 says that God had a purpose in Job’s endurance and that in it he shows himself to be very compassionate and merciful.

This is a sharp reminder to me not to doubt or question God in any of this, but more than just that. It’s a reminder that in the midst of this trial, God is not just worthy of our trust, but he is revealing himself to be very compassionate and merciful. A verse that comes to mind along with this is Proverbs 20:21. It says, “An inheritance gained prematurely will not be blessed ultimately.” I think there is a lot to his proverb, but one aspect of it, I think, is that something easily gained is also easily lost or not worth all that much to you. But something you have to labor for and endure much to get to is very valuable and is not easily given up. It is very precious to you.

I can only imagine how much our joy will be increased once we hold our son or daughter in our arms because of all that we had to go through to get to that day. How much more meaningful will that day be? And looking back from that day on all of this, I think we will easily be able to say that the Lord has been very compassionate and merciful.

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Hope Differed

Hello all. We do have some news, actually several newses, and it’s funny because they bring us back to here again. I’ll explain:

We did finally receive our form from the USCIS, the form we have been waiting months on. After many prayers and much waiting, that is such a welcome thing. Thank you for your prayers and encouragement. Please keep them both coming. Backing up a little, we actually got an email last week saying that we had been approved and that our form was on the way. The next day we got an email from our case worker saying that the embassy in Washington was not currently accepting applications for adoption. They haven’t closed the program, but are not accepting applications right now. She did not know why or how long it would last. Then we actually received our USCIS form in the mail, and Charity’s middle name was spelled wrong, so we are going to have to get that fixed. We are not sure what all that will entail, so please pray for flexibility, patience, and good work by whoever does it.

So all that means that some things have changed, we have had some developments, and that we are back to waiting, which seems to be the theme of our process so far.

On the more exciting front, we did find out that we had around $2000 more in our church account than we thought! Most of that was from our bowl-a-thon. Thank you to all who participted in some way. We also received two very generous gifts of $1000 and $1100! The $1100 came from a friend of ours who had decided with his parents and girlfriend to give generously to something this year for Christmas instead of spending quite as much on gifts for each other. We were the very grateful beneficiary.

Thank you for praying. Please continue. We love to hear from you.


Quick Update

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This is a pic of Charity’s side of the family from our recent trip to Beaver’s Bend.

We don’t have much to say about our process or the USCIS form, but we just wanted to post a quick update to let anyone who cares know that we have not forsaken our blog, we just haven’t had anything change since our last post. We have redone a few things, and we are looking at possibly having to redo a few more things if we do not get our USCIS form in the next week or so. Please pray that it would come quickly, and for grace and patience to be sensitive to God’s timing no matter what happens.

We did receive $500 from someone toward our adoption costs, so that is a great blessing, reminding us of God’s continued provision.

We have had a busy last couple of weeks with Christmas travel and family stuff. It has been very good time with family, and it has been cool thinking about this probably (hopefully) being our last Christmas without a little Clayton. So we rejoiced in the many gifts and much attention that we got this year that may be redirected next year. We’re very excited about that.

Please pray and ask God to work in the process and bring our form in the next week.
Pray for our sanity as we wait and our patience and trust in God in these unknown times of waiting.
Ask God to bring in the rest of the money to complete the process.


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