Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Last night was our third and final homestudy visit.  It was good to "get 'er done" and look forward to the next phase of this adoption process.  I am waiting for my bloodwork to come back and my DH plans to have his physical this weekend .  Then we email the reports to our social worker, wait for the homestudy to be written and approved by our family coordinator, then send it with the I-600 to USCIS so we can get approved to bring some precious little ones HOME! 
One thing that is very frustrating is the backlash from the CBS story that ran a couple of weeks ago regarding supposedly unethical practices in Ethiopia resulting in children being adopted who are not orphans...families being pressured to place their children in orphanages, etc.  While I have NO doubt that fighting corruption in the international world is an ongoing battle, I do know that we have a wonderful agency who works very hard to keep things legitimate and in the best interests of these children.

After all, it IS about the children.

So I ask you to pray.  Because things in Ethiopia are slowing down, families who were set to travel to bring home their children are now on hold for potentially months and I, for one, feel that "you know who"...the "interference" is directly responsible for this confusion and chaos.

The fact is, interest in adoption has exploded.  What was simmering is now boiling over and the tragedy in Haiti awakened countless people to the orphan crisis.  Many called agencies to inquire about adopting from Haiti and, when told things are on hold at this time but that the need is great worldwide (5 thousand children are orphaned or abandoned every day.) they gladly began the adoption process in another country! 

What better way to stop this visible manifestation of the love of Jesus Christ than to cry "corruption" and "outrage."  What is going to happen to the 147 million orphans who desperately need to be off the streets, out of institutions, safe from child trafficking and slavery, and in the arms of their forever families?

So please join me in praying for the Lord's hand of protection over the international adoption process. 
Pray for Him to have victory so that these children will not have to remain orphans for one more day. 
"I will not leave you as orphans-I will come to you."  John 14:18

Pray for lies to be exposed and for the truth to reign. 
"I wait for the LORD, my soul waits, and in his word I put my hope."  Psalm 130:5

And pray for the families who wait...that they will be strong and have courage as the Lord goes before them in battle. 
"Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit."  Romans 15:13

Tuesday, February 16, 2010


in-ter-fer-ence (noun) [in-ter-feer-uhns]

1. an act, fact, or instance of interfering.

2. something that interferes.

3. Football: the act of illegally hindering an opponent from catching a forward pass or a kick.

4. Aeronautics: The situation that arises when the aerodynamic influence of one surface of an aircraft conflicts with the influence of another surface.

5. Physics: The process in which two or more light, sound, or electromagnetic waves of the same frequency combine to reinforce or cancel each other, the amplitude of the resulting wave being equal to the sum of the amplitudes of the combining waves.

6. Radio:

a. a jumbling of radio signals, caused by the reception of undesired ones.

b. the signals or device producing the incoherence.
7. Psychology: The forgetting of information or an event due to inability to reconcile it with conflicting information obtained subsequently.
8. the distorting or inhibiting effect of previously learned behavior on subsequent learning.

So all these snow days are interfering with my blogging.  Sorry for the lack of posts!  I just cannot seem to get to the computer "just for fun" these days! 
But, tonight I am squeezing it in so all three of you won't stop reading.

Speaking of interference, there has been a bit of that lately. 
In me.
You know, those days when all seems to be a little chaotic, I am struggling to get the gunk off the cabinets and/or floor while cooking, doing laundry, engaging in preschooler diplomacy and monitoring homework?  Yeah, the days when I apparently don't have it all together and it is painfully obvious.
Those are the days when that ugly voice presents itself and hisses...
"And you want MORE?  You can't even keep things afloat with 4, how do you think you are going to do it with 6?  Don't you know your kids are going to resent you because you just can't do it all and, frankly, your kids at  home deserve to be the center of attention and not have to have you divided into more pieces?  What if you get a kid with those horrible attachment issues?  C'mon, no one expects you to adopt again.  Good grief, you have already done it 4 times.  What are you trying to prove?"

Now, class, who do you think is the source of that ugly little observation?  Because I KNOW it is not Jesus, the author and perfector of my faith, the source of my strength and the giver of all good gifts. 


It is the voice of the one who hates adoption and everything it stands for.  The one who hates the orphan and wants to see every last one of them dead.  It is the one who hates all of my children and is livid that they will have their horizons broadened and their hearts stretched with the experience of adoption and of being raised in a great big crazy family.  It is the one who wants them to be self-centered and materialistic and would argue that they DESERVE everything this world has to offer, especially if it becomes an idol and pulls them away from their Father in Heaven.  It is the voice of the one whose head was crushed when Jesus Christ rose from the grave. 
It is the enemy of my soul.

And I. AM. NOT. LISTENING.  I am rejoicing that the battle wages hotter and harder when I am on target with God's will.  I am rejoicing that God is in the middle of it all and is refining me and my family as we walk through paperwork, decisions, tough conversations, and the unknown.  He sees the beginning and the end at the same time.  He has already chosen the next children who will join our family.  I may have moments of paralyzing fear that threaten to shut me down, but He always eases into the maelstrom with his still small voice and calms the storm.  He has us in the palm of His hand.  He is faithful.

He is GOD. 

And I just love that I, in all of my shortcomings and disorganized messiness, get to be a part of what He is doing.  Adoption is amazing.  Truly.  It is the biggest spiritual battle you may ever fight, but oh, how sweet is that victory when a little life is redeemed and given HOPE.  I hope you will experience it for yourself if you haven't already.  Despite what "the interference" would like us to believe...

In the same way your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost-Matt. 18:14

Did you catch that?
ANY of these little ones.