Friday, August 21, 2009

Should I Wait Until I'm Married?

After reading Linny's post about Elizabeth over and over, I decided to send her an e-mail and ask her what she thinks about single parent adoptions. After all, she loves the Lord, is a pastor's wife, a counselor, and mom to many.

She responded. Not with a reply e-mail, but with a post on her blog. I bawled through the whole thing. Please read it here.

Thank you, Linny.

This morning I was reading that so often we hear God speak and want to jump into obedience. We forget that there are life adustments that need to occur before the actual "stepping out" part. For me, with adoption, those adustments would be things like: analyzing and rethinking my finances; researching orphanages; completing my homestudy. I need to prepare to be a single mom. No, God needs to prepare me to be a single mom. It doesn't mean that I am sitting still and doing nothing. But I can't hop on a plane tonight and go to Uganda, either (don't I wish!). So the preparation and waiting continue. It is such a journey!

Wednesday, August 19, 2009

Feeling the Tug

Please read this post (titled "Elizabeth") on Linny's blog. It is exactly why I want to adopt.

Wednesday, August 12, 2009

Waiting Again

I've been going through a Bible study with some friends, and the focus is on knowing God's Will. We have just been talking about how the Holy Spirit will speak to us, and then confirm the direction through various ways. My prayer has been that I would really know the Lord intimately and hear clearly from the Holy Spirit.

Last week I sensed the Lord asking me to wait a little longer on the whole adoption plan. I didn't sense it was a long-term thing...maybe just a few months. Then, a couple of days ago, a Sanyu adoptive mom posted a letter from Barbara, the Director of Sanyu, on her blog. Here is an excerpt:

Due to an increase in adoptions by Ugandan couples and the lack of children in our home that is available for adoption; we are unable to accept any applications from international families at this time. This may change in the future so please do not hesitate to contact us again in a few months to see if the need for adoptive homes overseas is yet again a reality for some of the children in our care.

How is that for confirmation? I am not worried. God is just teaching me patience and reminding me that I need to have a willingness to be redirected by Him. He is good!!