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Tuesday, August 19, 2008

Adoption truth

Moody here...my dear wife is pooped! Thought she would experiment with half an ambien....it worked! Bless her heart, she's not feeling great. Prayerfully a good night's rest will help. With the last week of summer at the office and football starting with the boys, she has performed miracles around this place getting us ready...without a lot of help from me! Please pray with me that she will be completely well before we leave. Did I mention we leave in 36 hours!!

With only me and Bob Costas up this late, I have been reflecting on the powerful truth of adoption, both Abe's and ours. Our Sunday worship bulletin recently listed a portion of Chapter 12 of the Westminster Confession on adoption. "the grace of adoption, by which we are taken into the number, to enjoy the liberties and privileges of the children of God...have access to the throne of grace with boldness, are able to cry Abba Father, are pitied, protected, provide for and chastened by a father" To think that because of Christ and His sacrificial death I can now be in a relationship with God Almighty, the maker of heaven and earth. This journey to bring Abe home has brought this truth of adoption deep to my soul like never before. As Abe is grafted into the Alexander family to be "pitied, protected and provided for", may his life always serve as a great reminder of the grace of adoption the Heavenly Father has shown us.

A special thanks to Pastor Jeremy and our church family at APC. Through their bags of donations, gifts of cash, prayer send off this week, shared tears of joy, Emily and I have seen the Body caring for its own.

And a special thank you to each of you for loving my wife, caring for and encouraging her though this divine journey we have been on.

Soli Deo Gloria ( for the Glory of God alone)


29 comments:

Kristi J said...

What a sweet post...and I'm one other soul up this late checking on blogs...It is the only time my home is quiet!! We're all praying for you guys over here in Tennessee!!! We can't wait to see your sweet boy in your arms...Post lots of pics from Ethiopia if possible, kristi J

Jennifer Morgan said...

Emily, We are praying for you. I hope you feel better. Eliza and I wake up saying... "The Alexanders have 2 days until they go and get him." Moody's post was beautiful. We will keep you in our prayers. I wish I could help you more.

Jenny said...

Wonderful post! I'm just as excited for you all as I was for us, it seems! Lots of prayers for you all/1

emily said...

Can you see why I feel in love?

We are blessed! Thank you for joining us in this journey.

Hoping to be able to post from Ethiopia. :)

Gretchen Magruder said...

Blessings on this exciting journey!!

Annette said...

Ahh...Mood you are the best. :) We are praying for all of you. Can't wait to see those pictures!

Candy said...

Well, I too was up--still in the full effect of "China Syndrome". This glorious privilege we have of living out "adoption" is such rich blessing. Thank you for giving Nanny & Bunty the glorious opportunity to participate in the journey, start to finish!

With so much love,
Nanny

These Three Kings said...

oh..what a GODLY darling husband!

I love how we can experience seeing GOD In all areas of LIFE just as the Puritans...continue to look up friends!

cant wait to see pics of you all in Ethiopia!!

Jana said...

soli deo gloria!

love you guys!

Lori said...

Ok Moody - awesome post! I love your bride so much. I don't know exactly why she's not feeling well but if it's nerves I know it too well! I felt like I was going to throw up for days leading up to the trip and didn't dare tell anyone that I was scared to death. I got a script for vallum (sp) to take on the plane to ease my nerves (I love to fly but was scared at the thought of this "THING" actually coming to fruition). It helped wonders and by the time we got on the plane and had a little glass of bubbly I was great!

Oh Em, I hate that feeling (if it's what you're going through)... It will all be over so fast and you will have memories of it instead of all those darn expectations and questions roaming through you head all the time! Even though it was bad for us/her to be together, at least we know what it "looked like"! No more wondering!!! I drempt that I was with you guys last night!

IT GOES BY LIKE BEING AT YOUR WEDDING SO RECORD EVERY DETAIL! IT'S ALL A HUGE ADRENALIN RUSH!

XOXOXO GO TEAM XOXOXO LORI

The Six of Us said...

What a great post. I remember seeing this chapter of the confession and marveling in it before we started our adoption. It is amazing how suddenly these children become nothing but yours with no distinction between biological and adopted.
God's grace to you on your journey. "Love and respect the people and they will love you!" -(our driver in Ethiopia)

solas4me said...

A hearty Amen.

Justin
"A Darling Life.

Hauswife said...

Moody, you are such a prince! Thanks for this, brother. Every time I dwell on the miracle of our adoption by the Father it awes me. Rest well, Em, and know that you are being lifted up in prayer by all the Hausams. We rejoice with you that Abe will be in your embrace in just a few short days!
Blessings, friends.

Melissa said...

Go Moody! Love you, love your wife, your kids and the fact that you don't need Ambien because sleep is just not your struggle! Can't wait to see pics. from Ethiopia. We are going before you in prayer!!!

Erica said...

What an amazing post Moody! Praying for Em - get well my friend! Praying for all of you as you travel on the trip of a lifetime to welcome little Abe into your family. Brings tears of joy to my eyes - what a journey this has been. To God be ALL glory ALL honor and ALL the praise.

Sam said...

Safe travels!!!!

'becca said...

I thought of you all this morning and prayed for each of you. May your journey be one of great joy and learning. May you grow in love and experience as the Lord, Jesus Christ leads you down this path of adventure!
Thank you for letting me watch the steps of your family,
kindly,
'becca

Wolfemom said...

God is good... all the time! What an amazing lifetime family adventure! I get goose bumps just reading! Our prayers will be with all of you.

Holli said...

23 hours!!! WOW!! When I first started reading your blog you were on your first paper chain and thinking your refferal would be anytime! The Lord really has used your blog to put it all into perspective and praying for your arms to be filled along side you! Thank you for sharing the beginning of your journey and can't wait to see Abe grow up!
Much love and prayers coming your way!

Jocelyn said...

What a beautiful post. I am so happy for your family and cannot wait to see Abe at home with you all. Have a safe trip and just soak up every last second of being in your son's birth country. You will fall in love with it.

The Albertsons said...

Such wonderful words... and so true. Blessings to you as you journey to your newest son!!! This will be one of the greatest highlights of your life. Praying for you all!
becca
(and yes- please try to post from Ethiopia!!!)

The Redman's said...

Blessings to your entire family on this wonderful adventure! Wishing you safe travels and an unforgettable time in Ethiopia!!! Looking forward to seeing sweet Abe with your family!!!

God Bless!

Tracy said...

Praying for your sweet family...can't wait to see Abe in your arms! :)

Rebecca said...

Praying for good health all around and super endurance for the trip! We're so excited for the Alexanders and can't wait to see pictures of the 'new' family :)

homeschoolmomrookie said...

Have a safe and fun trip to get the new Alexander. Cannot wait to see him.

Ellen said...

Dehna hunu, Alexanders! ("good bye" in Amharic)

I'm sure it feels like longer to you, but I can't believe it's been over a year already! The day you've been waiting for for 16 months is almost here!!!
You know the whole church is with you praying, waiting, and rejoicing for baby Abe!

Gigi said...

Moody and Emily,
Claire, Annabel and I (everyone else is out of town) are stopping to pray for each one of you right now - including little ABE!! We can't wait to get to meet him! Praise the LORD for His faithfulness and perfect timing - He is so good.
We love you!
Gigi

~Laura~ said...

What a great post. Praying for you guys. Can't wait to see pics of you holding Abe in your arms soon.

Oatsvall Team said...

your Emily (now my Gertie) is one special lady ... i know God has connected us in spirit and heart .. i am praying for you all .. i know this will change you and grow you so deep in the Lord ...

love and safety to you all !!!

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