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Friday, April 18, 2008


"And when the dew had gone up, there was on the face of the wilderness a fine, flake-like thing, fine as frost on the ground. When the people of Israel saw it, they said to one another, "What is it?" For they did not know what it was. And Moses said to them, "It is the bread that the Lord has given you to eat. This is what the Lord has commanded: 'Gather of it, each of you, as much as he can eat. You shall each take an omer, according to the number of the persons that each of you have in your tent.' " And the people of Israel did so. They gathered, some more, some less. But when they measured it with an omer, whoever gathered much had nothing left over, and whoever gathered little, had no lack. Each of them gathered as much as he could eat. And Moses said to them, "Let no one leave any over till morning." But they did not listen to Moses. Some left parts of it till morning, and it bred worms and stank. Moses grew angry with them. Morning by morning, they gathered as much as they could eat."  Exodus 16:14-21

Just as the Israelites couldn't store up manna for the future, but had to gather it daily, so it is with my peace.  I read this in my devo this a.m and it occured to me how often I want to see the big picture, the complete picture.  The Lord faithfully gives me exactly what I need, moment by moment.  Yesterday I read, "if I pulled back the curtain to allow you to view the heavenly realms, you would understand much more.  However, I have designed you to walk by faith and not by sight."

Many days, I feel like the Israelites, "thank you for this gift, but I will take a little extra just in case you don't show up tomorrow."  

We did get more details as to what papers need to be redone.  We are waiting on one more detail about our dossier and its authentication.  Another great opportunity to trust!

This is my prayer for today, "Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time in need." Hebrews 4:16

Trusting in Him for the details, for the care of my kids and for the exact date that we will finally be a family of 8!


Melissa said...

Oh I needed this this morning! Thanks for posting this and ministering to my heart.
When exactly are their birthdays? I want to make sure I don't forget...again.

Hauswife said...

Oh, Em, I admire you more than I can say! I needed this today, too. Praying for you!

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Lori said...

Emily this is tremendous! I love it!!! Now, make sure every day you remember these words and focus only at the task at hand... no worries sweet-pea...

ps.. I'm glad to see Laurie. I thought she fell off the planet! :)

Gurskes said...

WOnderful my friend...thank you for filling my cup before I went to bed :-) Praying for smooooth paper work and a family of 8


sister, we are so on the same page these days .. Scott and I had the big discussion of Ethiopia Thursday night and I went to bed a little sad, because I know it is not our time and Scott was definitely not on the same time frame I was on (needing to see the BIG PICTURE) ... Then when I woke up the next morning Scott came to me and said read JC ... I read it and the tears came ... Scott put his arms around me and said we can do anything as long as we do it together in the Lord... I sent up a prayer for my babies in Ethiopia knowing God's peace will hold us till it is our time ... i love ya sister & praying for you sweet children ... suz and I talked about them today as we were running ... so wish we lived closer ... the 3 of us would get into so much trouble together ...

Leah Reeves said...

It is nice to meet you. You left a comment on our blog. Where in Texas do you live? I don't know very many families adopting from Ethiopia in our area. I love your blog cute.

TedTracie said...

Hey sweet friend... got your text today. SO glad the weather was beautiful there today... not so much here today. Ted was out at a retreat and so I was busy with the kiddos...

Oh how much our sweet JESUS LOVES US when he puts us in a position to trust him for our "daily bread". It's a hard place... but such a good place.

Let's carve out some time to catch up SOON

Leah Reeves said...

I have heard about a group in Dallas. We would love to get together at one of the events. Does the group have a set day every month? Can I email you about the group?

These Three Kings said...

wow.. continue to claim HIS promises to you my sweet sister...
I am praying for continual "Future Grace" for you and your family..

love you

Holli said...

I love your blog and through your learning it has helped me! I love eating more then my fare share of manna for the day and always not trusting I will have enough for tomorrow!
PRAYING so hard for your little ones to be home. Last night without Drake home I thought of you and all the others who have seen their kids faces and I know you long for them as I did for having Drake to home and safe in my arms!:) lots of love coming your way!

John and Lori said...

I just recently read that story in the Bible and thought the same thing. We just need to remember that God is good, all the time!
We are adoptin two girls from Ethiopia and like everyone else find the wait unbearable sometimes! Hang in there!

Erica said...

Praying with you my sweet friend.

Wendi said...

Hi Emily. I found your blog through one of the adoption forums and get to follow it occassionally. I really enjoy your posts like this one full of truth and insight.
My husband and I were just talking about this passage of scripture this past weekend after reading a section out of Justice in the Burbs that deals with 'not taking more than you need' or 'someone else will suffer down the line'...a great read if you ever get time...anyway, thanks again for the great reminders.

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