Often when we are in the trenches waiting for God, it can be so difficult. Patience seems to have a continuous learning curve.
Rewind to July 23, 2013, we were at Navarre Beach, Florida with my family when we received pre-approval for Esther Miao. I remember crying on the balcony of our condo, finally knowing what our daughter’s face looked like. Not realizing the long wait that lie ahead.
We are finally in the last 100 yards. We booked our airline flights today! Even in this last leg of our adoption journey we have had yet another delay this week.
Because of serving in the ministry, Daniel was unable to get his visa for entrance into China until right before travel. We found out that our visas wouldn’t be ready until 7/15 and we were suppose to originally fly out on 7/16. We felt like this was just too close for comfort so we pushed back our travel one week. Our new "gotcha day" will be 7/28. Almost 1 year to the day of being matched to adopt Esther.
We know that God’s timing is perfect. We have been ready to travel all summer, yet for so many reasons we have been in a holding pattern. God has truly provided all of our needs and we are finally ready to travel to China. Really, this is just the beginning. This isn't just a trip, a vacation, but an endeavor to expand our family based on God’s calling in our life. This adventure is scary, uncertain and exciting.
Please be in prayer for Esther, that she will not be overly fearful, that her precious heart will be receptive to the love we can’t wait to show her. Pray that we will not have any complications obtaining our visas. Also, please pray for safe travels. We are bringing our oldest two children, whom are 9 and 6 years old. Finally pray for our youngest son whom we are leaving with MiMi and Papa, it will be a difficult separation, especially for his mama.
God calls us to believe in Him. Often I feel like my faith quivers, like I am unworthy of the miracles I witness in my own life. What a blessing to see His hands and His glory as we set off to become a family of six. I hold firm to this promise from God, “Therefore I tell you, whatever you ask for in prayer, believe that you have received it and it will be yours.” Mark 11:25