Monday, October 29, 2007

Archive Post: Entry for April 17, 2007

God is good, all the time. It's just that sometimes that phrase rolls off the tongue a little easier than others! LOL! We all know that!

I am so pleased to tell you al that Ukraine did open up to new adoptions yesterday! (audible sigh of relief here!) They have been in such political turmoil over there that their foreign adoption program had been shut down. At first they said it would be through the end of April and then through April 16th. Even that date was questionable. We wondered about changing countries but Steve said that for some reason he had a feeling we should stick with Ukraine. (If you know Steve, he doesn't normally put much stock in 'feelings'. He normally would do what seemed most logical.) Even I keep thinking that it seems that God is paving the way to Ukraine. Our immigration form coming back so quickly was a real encouragement to us and especially to me.

I believe that we are always called to do the work of the Lord, helping orphans, widows, the poor, overseas missions as well as here in our own neighborhoods. At the risk of stepping on someone's toes here, I do not believe that we are to ask what to do and then wait for a "feeling of leading". (Not that God doesn't communicate this way, just that He'll seek us.) We are to act on his revealed Word. This is what Steve and I have sought to do in pursuing this adoption. Jesus said that whatever we do to the least person, we might as well be doing it to him--He takes it that personally.

All that said, I do believe that God has been leading as well as cheering us on while we run this race. What an encouragement it is to see him blessing our efforts. How amazing that He does hold the whole world in His hands! Even little orphans in Ukraine.

Oh those little orphans! I can't wait to hold them in my arms. My prayer is always that God will prepare them to be loved and to love and me to love without expecting love in return. This will be a challenge.

Well, today we praise God for allowing Ukraine to open again and tomorrow we may question His plan if something doesn't go the way we want it to. Either way, God is good, All the time.

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