Consider it pure joy, my brothers and sisters,[a] whenever you face trials of many kinds, 3 because you know that the testing of your faith produces perseverance. 4 Let perseverance finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. –James 1:2-4
Let’s just say that this has seemed to be my verse for awhile. I have been feeling God stretching me in BIG ways lately. I know God has big plans for my life and where He wants to take me, and the plans He has for our family, it again comes down to the patience of just being in the moment and relying on Him…fully and completely. I know the waiting, even though so hard, is part of God’s plan and He is using it as a tool to help grow me into the woman HE has created me to be. There are many little things that have happened lately that have been overwhelming, and let’s just say there were many tears that go along with it too…but I have to rest in knowing that all of this is temporary and “pure joy” because it is developing perseverance so that I take mature in my faith and walk with Jesus.
One of these “stressors” has been the expense of the adoption. I had spent hours this winter working on grants, and had a letdown that one we were really hoping to get, we did not get it. Even though this is tough, I have to rest in the fact that God is so much bigger than that. He is going to continue to provide in ways that we will be surprised in! We know this because He is a God that has called us to adopt, and will provide! We have also felt such an overwhelmming outpouring of love and support from our family, friends, church, and community so far…THANK YOU!!
Even through this crazy time, I feel so blessed to be able to look in my children’s eyes and see such love and childlike faith. One of the kids’ friends was sick this week, and when praying for her, Owen said “God listens to us and is going to make her feel better.” Very true my little wise man.