Wednesday, September 12, 2007

Challenging thoughts

Apparently God is still has some work to do on me.

Sunday night I met an amazing woman at Awana. She and her husband are getting ready to go to Ethiopia at the end of the month and adopt 4 children that will bring their number to 11. 11 kids. Wow! She told me of the work God had done in her heart. How when she had 5 kids and was completely overwhelmed and thought God was done working adoption in their family God asked more of them.

God really challenged me as I listened to her story. Had I told God 'no'. We participated once in adoption, but not again? Yeah, I did that. Not that I sense God moving us to adopt again, I think the point is I need to ask where have I told God 'no'. Are there things I just don't want to do? For whatever reason. Laziness? We already have participated in a work with Him? I don't want to look any stranger than we already do? I am sure the list could go on. God is so good to show me I still have so much work to be done in my life. I am so grateful for His patience in me and continuing to work in my heart and not leaving me to my own. I think now is a good time for me to revisit the book Surrender by Nancy Leigh DeMoss.

I am so glad I had the opportunity to meet this beautiful family and I look forward to meeting their new children. Here is a link for you: No More Counting the Cost


Sue @ praise & coffee said...

Such a great reminder! Thank you. Wow- 11 kids...and 4 at once!Wow.
I pray God doesn't ask me to do that, but I want to be willing if He does!


Jill said...

Me too!

Tracy said...

We just met with the social worker yesterday for foster care/adoption and she was telling us about 4 siblings they just had to split up because they couln't find anyone to take them! Wouldn't that be exciting!!?? This family is incredible...thanks for the link.

Kim said...

Wow! I get overwhelmed sometimes thinking about having one more...but 4 more at one time. I admire their selflessness and desire to follow the Lord.

Families like that are such a blessing to meet. They always challenge me to think outside of my little box...that's good for me.

We have good friends that adopted recently from Ethiopia. They received 2 babies at once...not a sibling group, but the same age babies, so kinda like twins. I love hearing about their story.

SharonB said...

Just came over by way of Ginger's site. thanks for the reminder! I am sure there are areas I've said no to God.... think I'll need to visit this thought a little more..