"If a commission by an earthly king is considered an honor, how can a commission by a Heavenly King be considered a sacrifice?"
-David Livingstone

January 25, 2012

Today was a big day for us. We had an important meeting with an important lawyer regarding adoption and Thai papers for Jabez. All I will say is that we are in a waiting room of sorts. . . God is working in our lives in tremendous ways. He has truly led us to these people and this point. I don't question that. I do ask for prayers. Specifically for the grace for a graceful spirit in all this waiting.

I've been working on putting together some documents and in the process I came across pictures a friend had taken and I had forgotten I even had. It is serving as a wonderful reminder of God's faithfulness. . . .

Bringing me right back to the day when he was two-months-old and being discharged from the hospital for the first time.

Poor prognosis. Every single odd against him. Destined to live.

 All 3.4 lbs of preciousness. . . .

Headed home.

I've been needing that reminder. Especially these last couple days as I've wrestled through this. Praying, pleading, and leaving it all in God's hands.

It's funny how He could give me the exact encouragement that I needed while looking at the pictures I was needing and glancing through pages through stack of pages of old hospital records (hard-earned and a miracle all in themselves!) reminding me of all the nitty-gritty little details, poor prognosis', and impossibilities. 

As well as looking through a whole hoard of receipts from the past and realizing that his hospital expenses have added up to some number a ways above $6,600. . . (that's 211,000 Thai baht and, believe me, it doesn't just sound like a fortune - it is a fortune over here - but praise the Lord we weren't in the States!) 
And I didn't pay them. You guys did. 

God's faithfulness. . . we've been amazed. We shouldn't be amazed and yet we are.

And then just here recently there was the property.
The final payment was due - $50,000 - and I knew that God could do it. I knew He could. . .theoretically. But, quite honestly, I just didn't see it actually happening.
I mean think of the way the economy is going in the States. . . Who would possibly consider giving more?!
Still not having a clue as to where the money would come from my parents committed to having it by the new year, giving us about exactly one week to come up with it.
And there it was.  $50,000.  From friends we hadn't even known existed.

That one really humbled me and challenged me to step out of the boat and to stop waiting to move 'til silly little things like appropriate resources are all lined up and in order. . . .

Think about it! He is God. . . . .

Thank you for following with me as I once again remember His faithfulness. He already has our hands in His and we're trusting Him through this one too!

"God is God. Because He is God, He is worthy of my trust and obedience. I will find rest nowhere but in His holy will that is unspeakably beyond my largest notions of what He is up to." -Elisabeth Elliot


  1. Thank you for sharing this Maria.
    These pictures...what a testament to His greatness... And that quote at the end...wow. so beautiful...

    I look forward to hearing about how God moves in this adoption process...in the meantime know that I am praying for you Maria. Praying that He continues to amaze you with His goodness. Ephesians 3:14-20.

  2. You are daily in our prayers. keep looking up. :D

  3. Ephesians 3:14-20. Thank-you Sara and Johannes. Praising the Lord for friends who pray. . .