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Tuesday, July 7, 2009

re-learning

"Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for He who promised is faithful." Hebrews 10:23

The following was a post that I wrote last July- almost exactly a year ago.  I was getting anxious about Abe's court date.  Here I am again and yet the Lord is having to gently remind me the same things again.  I guess I'm not a very good student!

My sister used to say, "you should try to get it the first time, because the Lord will bring it back time and time again until you do!" Isn't that the truth?  Here I was earlier today- being anxious about the courts closing. 

I love Francis Chan's definition of stress and worry from Crazy Love. (life altering book if you haven't already read it)

Stress- says that things we are involved in are important enough to merit our impatience, our lack of grace toward others, or our tight grip of control.

Worry- implies that we don't trust that God is big enough, powerful enough, or loving enough to take care of what's happening in our lives.

OUCH! Why do I doubt? Why do I not trust that our precious little boy will come home at the perfectly appointed and ordained time?  I learned these lessons with Abe.  I continue to learn them as I see this gift of a child that He gracious gave to us work hard each and every day to accomplish new skills.  He is the God of the Universe- He will bring about our court date in His time. 

I am thankful for a patient and loving Father that continues to teach me the same lessons over and over again.

Will you please join me in praying for a court date before the closure?  There is the cutest little boy in Ethiopia waiting for a mom, dad and 5 siblings to come and bring him home. My heart simply longs to have him here, amidst the chaos of Team Alexander. :)

(post written last July)
do not worry about tomorrow!
Therefore do not be anxious about tomorrow, for tomorrow will be anxious for itself. Sufficient for the day is its own trouble. Matthew 6:34

"Do not worry about tomorrow! This is not a suggestion, but a command. I divided time into days and nights, so that you would have manageable portions of life to handle. My grace is sufficient for you, but its sufficiency is for only one day at a time. When you worry about the future, you heap day upon day of troubles onto your flimsy frame. You stagger under this heavy load, which I never intended you to carry.

Throw off this oppressive burden with one quick thrust of trust. Anxious thoughts meander about and crisscross in your brain, but trusting Me brings you directly into My Presence. As you thus affirm your faith, shakles of worry fall off instantly. Enjoy My Presence continually by trusting Me at all times." (from Jesus Calling by Sarah Young)


I was convicted today of trying to figure out all the details- when we will travel, who will travel with us, where we will stay, what route we will take to get there, and this entry put my perspective back in line. I know that at the perfectly appointed time, we will pass court, travel and finally be united as a family. We are prayerful that we will pass court the first time on the 24th!!

36 comments:

Danae said...

so excited for you guys and will pray for a quick court date!!

Janell said...

Congrats on your referral. We'll pray for a quick court date!

Tanya and Tony said...

I love your heart! And your reminder about patience and trust. I am a fellow worrier/controller and have been extremely anxious lately. Those truths from God's word are the only things that keep me from hyperventilating!! I have to repeat them over and over daily. I am praying that you can pass court before closing to bring your little boy home!!

Abby said...

Oh Em- loved this post. What an amazing reminder! And I absolutely cannot tell you how excited I am for you guys! Praying and believing...every step of the way!

Julie said...

You think it should be easier the second time around, but that's not the case. God has given us a love so strong for our children and naturally we want them to be with us so we can be everything they need us to be! Praying for you all!!

Kat said...

Praying that you fly through court before the closure and that you get a quick embassy date as well!

Amy Jo said...

Praying with you!!! Our agency told us last night that our son's file was supposed to be finalized next week so we could get the official referral. And then, of course, we received today's news about the unexpected closure. Boo hoo! Praying we all get GOOD news soon and can bring our sweet kiddos HOME!!! Sweet blessings, Amy

Holli said...

ouch is right about the worrying! and I hate when sisters are right!;) PRAYING your family will be together SOON!!!

Kim said...

Oh Emily ... how I love your heart!
I can totally relate to those recurring lessons that our loving and patient Father must keep teaching me as a slow learner. Thankfully He doesn't give up on me and just repackages the lessons to trust & surrender in new ways!
We are praying for your precious sons court date from Hong Kong and cannot wait to hear the good news!
Love & Blessings,
Kim

Jess said...

Ahhh...thanks for posting this! I am going to steal the lines about stress and worry. So needed this right now. I will pray for court date for sure!

Lisa and Peter said...

I have been reading/stalking your blog for months now. Your family and your faith is truly and inspiration. Of course, we will join you in prayer for a court date before rainy season.

Jen said...

Thank you for this! Printing it because I am an even slower student. He has provided so many gifts that we would not have gotten had we gone through smoothly in May. Praying for you.

Tymm said...

No need to even ask - we've been praying for you guys... we know exactly how you're feeling!

And AMEN to "Crazy Love." I am right there with ya - loved that book (as hard as some of it was to read when I looked at myself in the mirror...)

Erica said...

You've been on my mind alot with the courts near closing....praying the Lord moves in a mighty way to get your sweet boy home. Can't wait to see his precious face.

Ryane said...

So, is it the 24th? Ours is on the 22nd. We'll be praying.

These Three Kings said...

praying for you friend...isnt the LORD good though to give us GRACE to learn something more than once..he could always just leave us to fend for ourselves...hang in there and continue to remember the goodness of the LORD!!

Kari said...

I love your post!! Its so hard to understand His ways in the adoption process. My heart broke when I heard yesterday that MOWA closed their doors for 2 weeks due to training. I was really upset... thinking what a stupid time to stop processing paperwork. Soooo many families waiting for one paper to move forward. God is bigger than the mistakes or choices humans make!! Thanks for the amazing reminder. I'm praying so hard!!!
I can't wait to read Crazy Love!!
Hugs from me
xoxo

Melissa said...

Praying it will come soon! We gotta get that little man home!

Audrey said...

Excellent post - Crazy Love should be required reading for all of us, I believe! Praying for a successful court date before closure and NO stress and worry in the meantime! :)

Susan and Chad said...

Hoping for your family that things continue to move forward swiftly during this very stressful time - and that you continue to find peace in the waiting - blessings to you.

Brian and Heather said...

Thank you for sharing your heart with us. It was such a timely reminder for me. How guilty I am of the sin of worry. Praying with you to our sovereign and ever faithful Father!
-Heather
createdtocare.blogspot.com

The Albertsons said...

I can just feel how you feel... through the computer screen!!! I'm assuming it's because I've been there, too :). All that stress and worry. I remember we waited twice as long (at that time) for a court date than anyone else had at that time. It was pure torture but I never thought I could feel such pure joy when we were finally assigned a date. That much joy can only come after the suffering, amen???
sending you lots of love! and yes, someday we'll work together in ethiopia.... :)
becca

Becca said...

Oh this post is beautiful -- and I LOVE Crazy Love - so good!

Casey said...

i highlighted that part!! i needed a reminder for sure...because i definitely didn't take it to heart!

ps--for any of you who want crazy love, the audio book is the free download of July at christianaudio.com! (And Francis Chan reads it, which is pretty cool!)

The code is July2009

praying for you guys! i'm so inspired by your familly.

Gayla said...

oh! such a good reminder. LOVE the francis chan quote... so perfect. i need to remember that!!!

praying for your peace!

Steve and Tammy said...

Praying with expectation you will pass!

J, A and T said...

Praying for your family!!!!

Kristi J said...

praying girly!! miss you and YES you need another visit SOON!! Send me a pic of cutie new son!! kristi

Tracy said...

totally where we are right now! ---praying for us to rest and experience God's heart in the process! can't wait to hear more about your little guy!

saw your comment on kristi's---it was not the same without you!! come visit again quickly! :))

Roeh Family Update said...

Praying with you...thanks for sharing your beautiful heart. That picture of you and Abe at camp says so much about how you have blessed each others lives. Praying for your whole family as the newest member is added. Praying that you will be taking that picture next year with HIM smiling on your lap!

Joy Roeh

Carrie S said...

Needed to read this. I am right where you are in our journey, and this is our second adoption; I obviously didn't learn the first time around either. :) Praying for your precious family.
www.promiseinethiopia.blogspot.com
www.stammfamily.blogspot.com

carrie

Tom Davis said...

Great to hear your amazing stories Emily! There are so many incredible 'God-things' occurring in Ethiopia. The place has captured my heart. Praying for Christ to be with you and go before you.

Amy said...

Praying!!

Rhonda said...

Good Word...sisters tell it like it is. Congrats on your referral!

Oatsvall Team said...

what can i say, but that I am right there w/ ya ... my affadavit came on Friday for Joseph (suz didn't), but mine was all wrong w/names etc ... They needed it by Wed. in Uganda to possibly give us a court date, but now I guess we will just wait and fly by the seat of our pants .. i feel like i am getting good at that ... you know i will pray for that court date for ya ...

love ya always !!!

darci said...

praying for you. please pray for us, along with 400 other families. our adoption agency declared bankruptcy two weeks ago and we are struggling thru it all. HOpe and pray that court is quick and successful. God bless you. darci

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