Monday, July 26, 2010

Memorial Box Monday ~ 10 Year Old Adoption Money

I have been meaning to do this for.....hmmm..... about a year - yikes!

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 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!


  1. oh wow! i love this reminder of the Provider! :)) thank you so much for sharing it!

  2. I love stories about how God provides for orphans to come home.

  3. so inspirational, good reminder, thanks Sha...He is so faithful to what He is calling us to you Sister!

  4. WOW! What an amazing story of how God provides for us.

  5. what a wonderful story. thanks for sharing it with us. i love to hear how God has been working things for YEARS before He lets us in on the plan. it always makes me feel so taken care of.

  6. i remember you telling me this story as we set outside the guest house. how amazing is He to care for us SO much AND give us these things as encouragment?!? i LOVE it.

  7. Oh my goodness that is wonderful! We are just starting out for an ethiopian adoption and I can't wait to see what He will do, and I know what He's already done. That is so great and congratulations on your baby to be!

  8. that's amazing, praise His name indeed!! :) :)

  9. That is part of YOUR STORY! Thanks for sharing. I can not tell you how many times this has happened to us, living by faith and faith alone.

    Hugs from the North,

    P.S. Jen was trying to figure out a way for all of us to meet....? Something to pray about. I suggested meeting in Ashland {how far is that from you}?

    Love from the North,

  10. This isa wonderful story of how God provides for the orphans. Thank you so much for sharing today. These MBM stories are such encouragement and inspiration!

  11. That is incredible! It is amazing to me to read all the memorial box monday's and know that some people still don't believe in God. Oh how he provides!

  12. My new phrase, "I've got God-bumps" fits your story perfectly!! Thanks for sharing.

  13. Wow! And all this time Lois and I thought you were independently wealthy...LOL :) The first thing that came to mind for me was that God planned more than 10 years in advance for your need...and for Isaiah's. As he gets older, he needs to hear the amazing things like this God has done for him. In the meantime, the rest of us got to be encouraged to live by faith in the Son of God, who wants us to believe for miracles every chance encounters with God.

  14. Oh how faithful our sweet Lord is! Down to the penny! And all set aside, and waiting, so that you could know His plan to bring your precious Isaiah home!

    Thank you so much for sharing!



  15. I love how God did this! Now I think you need to come to First Baptist and tell them the story of how God used them, and saved that money for you all those years, so that HE could have the glory!


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