He replied, "Because you have so little faith. I tell you the truth, if you have faith as small as a mustard seed, you can say to this mountain, 'Move from here to there' and it will move. Nothing will be impossible for you." Matt 17:20 NIV
Tonight I was moved to tears...well, more like wreaking sobs, as I am in a heightened state of emotions over our own adoption turmoil, over the story of a family who felt a call to adopt a child who was 13 from China. The catch was that she would "age out" of the system on her 14th birthday, and that was just 3 months away. A normal adoption from China takes anywhere from 1-6 years, and God did it for them in just 3 months! If that is not Matthew 17:20 in action I just don't know what is.
I never cease to be amazed at God's answers to my prayers. Just over 24 hours ago, I felt so helpless, and angry at the whole process. I prayed for God to relieve that stress and to fill my mind with happy ideas, memories, and stories, instead of me focusing on the delays, the desperation, the desire I was feeling. He began by reminding me of what I had to be grateful for, and today He has opened up new avenues for me to find the joy in our adoption process, and spoken to me through friends, new and old, encouraging me, and pushing me to stand straight and continue to have faith in His timing. So tonight I will pray and meditate on this scripture, and I know that my problems are so insignificant to God, and He will move them all in His time, for my faith is in Him and Him alone!
Here are just a few things that He has opened my eyes to today. I pray that you find as much joy and hope in them as I have.
Journey to Eliana This is a video story of the family I mentioned who was able to adopt their daughter in just 3 months. It is an absolute testament to God's power.
Henan Kids (This is the province our daughter is from, and CCAI is the agency we are using to adopt her.) This is about the many fundraisers and projects that they provide for the orphanages in the Henan province. It is filled with pictures of kids who have already been adopted, and is so uplifting!