God tells us over and over and over to remember what He has done for us. [oh how quickly and easily I forget :( ]
My bloggy friend [the one that was directly used, by God, to bring Isaiah into our family - I mean like very directly, my hubby was apart of her hubby's team when he met Isaiah] has started a Memorial Box Monday theme post so that we all can record the awesome things our Faithful God has done ~ you can read about it here.
10 Year Old Adoption Money
God called Justin and I to adopt in the fall of '08 ~ we had $0 and I mean $0 dollars, to start such a venture. I was in the middle of a bible study by Beth Moore called, "Believing God" and she continuously asked if we, indeed, believed God?
God's timing was amazing! He used that bible study, at that time, with that topic, to help me to believe God!
No one knew at that very time God was breaking our heart for the orphan. Up until that time orphans, adoption and Africa were not on the radar - at all.
As fear and doubt would raise up daily [esspecially in the financially area] I would say what we were practicing in our bible study "I'm Believing God" - out loud, with the little motions Beth Moore had taught us. :)
We stepped out in faith and started the home study process - still $0.
We had NEVER stepped out in faith like this before - ever - I was scared but felt very strongly that this was what God wanted us to do [Justin was 100% on board and wanted to adopt 10 years ago].
We received the bill for the first part of our home study fee. We were able to come up with a little bit but not all of it - not a lot of it, not $1,200.00 of it!
I began to doubt that we had heard right from the Lord, and we had the bill sitting next to the phone for 3 days. We felt VERY strongly that God did not (does not) desire for us to be in debt and surely did not want us to go into debt doing what He has called us to. The bill sat there...it stared me in the face....I kept praying and asking God how this large sum as going to be paid.
On the 3rd night the phone rang. Back up a bit, we had hardly told anyone about our hopes and dreams of adopting and, for sure, not our financial situation.
The phone rang. It was Hubby's mom.
My Hubby's hometown church, he was raised in, had called my MIL and asked if she knew of anyone adopting internationally.
They went on to tell her that there was an account opened 10 years ago to raise funds to bring a special needs orphan home, to a forever family. There was money left over and it had been sitting there since. They felt convicted AT THAT TIME to move it out!
And guess how much had been sitting there for 10 years?
Exactly what we needed to pay, to.the.dollar!
We were blown away and are still in awe of how God orchestrated it all.
Words could never express how much more that meant to me than the actual dollar amount. It meant that God did call us, He was moving on our behalf and He was going to take care of us.
He has shown us all along the way how Great and Mighty and so very Faithful He is!!
Praise His Name!
To read Linny's MBM post today click here!