One year ago today, while walking, God told me that our children are in Ethiopia. He said, "He is in Ethiopia. She is in Ethiopia." I wrote in my journal that I didn't know what that meant. "He is in Ethiopia. She is in Ethiopia." I repeated it several times to myself, wondering what this could mean. The boy seemed to be more prominent than the girl at the time, so I wondered if he came first, then she came. Later that night, while preparing for Hope Shop, a ministry at our church, I pulled out a shirt and read the front. It read- "You have one life to live-Do Something." I turned it around and on the back, there was a map of Africa. This lead us to serious prayer about adopting from Ethiopia.
A few years ago, Jeremiah 33:3, jumped off the page of the bible and in other books I was reading. I started to see 333 everywhere. At first it freaked me out a bit, but I continually asked God what He meant by this. A while later, he clearly showed me a vision of a tree and it, it read, "Ministree 333". My husband and I have prayed about this and we believe it's Orphan Ministree 333. God is so faithful when we call to Him. He does answer. I'll be the first to admit that it's not in our timing. But our timing is so feeble. So narrow-minded. We can't see what God is planning, but His tapestry is so beautiful.
As I look back to November of 2007, when we first learned of Gabriel in Guatemala, I stand in awe of God and the truly awe-some things He's brought about and let us see and experience.
Today, we continue to wait to see our babies' faces for the very first time. Today, we have waited 3 months, 3 weeks, and 3 days. I am so humbled and drop to my knees in gratitude for what God has allowed us to participate in, the furthering of His Kingdom. I don't know why He chose us. I really don't. But I do know it's by His amazing grace that we are able to do so. I can't believe that I get to be the mommy of 4 of His most precious gifts.
Thank you, Lord, for all you've done and all you've yet to do. Thank you that you never change. You are faithful and true. You bring about your promises in your time. Please grant us patience as we continue to wait to see our babies. ~Amen