Our journey is always changing. We have a long-term goal of finding our children even if they are across the world but our way there is never crystal clear. We are living by faith that God is behind us every step of the way and we will one day look back and be amazed!!!
I don’t have any exciting adoption news right now, and honestly we are far from having that. However, we are constantly learning about what God is saying through his Word! That always brings peace and hope. So, here is what I have been learning about lately.
Impressing people vs. Pleasing God
This happens very quickly when I start focusing on worldly desires….fashion, house decor, money, pinterest, etc……. See, when I started thinking about why I like some of these things, I have to admit that it was to impress people. I’m not saying that is always a bad thing but it shouldn’t be your only motivation for doing things and shouldn’t consume you.
My pastor once said, ” our eyes naturally focus on the treasures from our heart.” God gives us desires in our heart. We should follow those and the glory should always go back to HIM. It is so easy for me to get back to the point where the focus is off of Him and I’m being selfish. I am wanting things because I want people to be impressed with Me.
Mathew 6: 22-23 is a good reminder!
“Your eye is a lamp that provides light for your body. When your eye is good, your whole body is filled with light. But when your eye is bad, your whole body is filled with darkness. And if the light you think you have is actually darkness, how deep that darkness is!
Distraction usually = Darkness
I know that we all get distracted and have weakness. But that is where I have been learning to use my weakness to find God’s grace. Even when I’m in a low spot…I can use that to recognize that God is getting me though it even though I don’t deserve his unending love. If I start comparing myself to others or judging my self…I’m actually judging the creator.
See I have been really working on recognizing Satan in my life. This has been a huge breakthrough for me. Now that I am able to recognize him I can immediately get rid of him by praying to God. In years past I didn’t know it was Satan and I tore down my self-esteem believing the lies Satan was telling me. So, I have tried to be more aware and recognize that God gives us positive words and Satan wants to tear us down. If I think of it in simple terms it makes it easier for me to recognize in my life. Getting rid of these thoughts has made a huge difference for me. It loops back to impressing people. Satan wants me to get distracted on impressing people and not pleasing God. So, this is really a battle. But when you know Satan’s strategies it makes the battle a lot shorter!
Ways you can pray for our family:
1. Pray that Satan has no hold on the paperwork. If we are told to wait then it is because God is having us wait not Satan getting in the way.
2. Adoption fees will be covered.
3. We focus on getting prepared for our children instead of focusing on the emotions of not having them here yet.