Thursday, November 13, 2008

Pray for this family

Please pray for this family. They are in China now and have had to make the heartbreaking decision to decline their referral. My heart goes out to them and I can't imagine what they must be going through. They really need our prayers.

Thursday, November 6, 2008

Six Months

I'm a day late with this but here is a photo of the girls eating ice cream in Guanzhou. This was Laurie Alice's first ice cream experience and she loved every minute of it. Looks like Gracie did too! Her hair has really grown and she has put on at least 5 lbs. since this picture was taken.

I meet with our Social Worker on Monday for our six month post placement report. I can't beleive it's only been six months. This child feels like she has always been a part of our lives.

Good news, I found my camera so check back this weekend and I should have Halloween pictures posted.

Wednesday, November 5, 2008

God Is Still In Control

I'm not going to lie, I was feeling pretty bummed out this morning. My guy didn't win and to say I'm extremely concerned about the new president is an understatment. A friend from my church sent me an email and I decided to post it here because it reminds me that no President wether Republican or Democrate controls or rules the United States. There is only one person who does and I serve Him!!!! I'll continue to lick my wounds today but just reading this makes me feel so much better.

Our Sovereign God

"Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns!" Revelation 19:6

Now that we have most of the results from yesterday's election, some of you may be happy and some may be saddened. Either way, let me remind you that no politician will bring in the Kingdom of God. Our government is not the tool that God will use…it is the church that God is going to use…it is the lives and testimonies of believers. Therefore, whether you are rejoicing or mourning this morning, let me share with you part of a letter that John Newton (the author of Amazing Grace).

He who once bore our sins, and carried our sorrows--is seated upon a throne of glory, and exercises all power in heaven and on earth! Thrones, principalities, and powers, bow before Him! His providence pervades and manages the whole universe, and is as minutely attentive to every part--as if there were only a single object in His view! From the tallest archangel--to the smallest ant or fly--all depend on Him for their being, their preservation, and their powers. He directs the sparrows where to build their nests, and where to find their food. He over-rules the rise and fall of nations; and bends, with an invincible power, and unerring wisdom--all events to His sovereign will! So that while many intend other outcomes--their designs all concur and coincide in the accomplishment of His holy will.

Jesus restrains with an almighty hand--the still more formidable efforts of the powers of darkness. Satan with all his hosts cannot exert their malice a hair's-breadth beyond the limits of His permission!

This omnipotent Savior is the head and husband of His believing people. How happy are those whom it is His good pleasure to bless! How safe are those whom He has engaged to protect! How honored and privileged are those to whom He is pleased to manifest Himself, and whom He enables and warrants to claim Him as their Friend and eternal potion!

Having redeemed them by His own blood--He esteems them as His treasure, His jewels; and protects them as the pupil of His eye! They shall not lack any good thing. They need not fear. His unerring eye is upon them in every situation; His ear is always open to their prayers; and His everlasting arms are under them for their sure support! On earth He guides their steps, controls their enemies, and directs all His dispensations for their spiritual good. While in heaven He is pleading their cause, preparing a glorious home for them, and communicating down to them reviving foretastes of the glory which they shall shortly enter into!

We sinful worms were once blind to His beauty, and insensible to His love, and would have remained so to the last--had He not revealed His goodness and grace to us!

"Hallelujah! For the Lord our God, the Almighty, reigns!" Revelation 19:6

Monday, November 3, 2008

No pictures yet

I wanted to post Halloween pictures but I have misplaced my camera!!! Actually, I haven't looked too hard for it yet because I assumed it was in a particular spot but when I looked last night to download the pictures I couldn't find it. Hopefully I will find my camera when I get home and have them posted by tomorrow.