Sunday, February 8, 2009

Be careful what you pray for...

ok those of you in Sunday School this morning won't be surprised by this post...;o)

Our Sunday school class just finished Philip Yancey's study of his book "Prayer, Does It Make A Difference".  It's a really good study on the aspects of prayer and the reasons why we do it. Today's lesson was talking about how God uses people through prayer to do His will.  When we pray for His will in our lives we are given instruction, when we listen to Him.  We talked about how we tend to be very much talker's but not so much listeners.  We ask God for what we want, and occasionally for what He wants but don't always wait to see what His answers will be.

A couple of days ago I wrote "Do Something" and since then I have prayed for His direction. And I thank those of you who have been praying with me.  He is there when 2 or more are gathered! ;o)

I will be honest with you.... I think alot of my unrest has been that I really want to adopt again. I totally feel like we aren't done.  There is another child out there that needs us, and we need him/her.  But until yesterday D has said he was through, we are done, no more.  But something in him broke yesterday... not sure what it was other than possibly my constant praying...LOL But he said to me that he would like to adopt again too!  

Now don't any body get their panties in a (I am talking about family that are reading you!)  We are going to wait at least a year to allow E to settle more, and more especially N to settle more, and we need to make sure finances are more in order.  But we will be adopting again... PRAISE GOD!  

So I thought that maybe adopting again was the thing that I was supposed to be doing... Bring another child home to love and to cherish and to watch grow. But still I have been on prayer.

Then this morning's lesson hit me... like a ton of bricks.  In my "Do Something" post I joked about selling all my possessions and moving to Africa.  So this morning we read Acts 2:45:  'Selling their possessions and goods they gave to anyone as he had need.'  Then Acts 4: 34 -35:  'There were no needy persons among them. For from time to time those who owned lands or houses sold them, brought the money from the sales and gave it to the apostles feet, and it was distributed to anyone as he had need.'

Phew! Uh oh!...after reading those I sat there and just asked God if he was truly telling me that I was supposed to sell everything and move to Africa?? And as I sat there I felt like He was telling me no, that's not what He wanted me to do.  It wouldn't serve his purpose for me to sell all my things.  I have felt God confirm things to me... and I truly felt like he was saying to me, no this isn't it.  

Another plan began to take shape in my head as I discussed this with others in the class. Perhaps I am not to sell all my things, but maybe as I have been feeling, I was to show others what He wants.  Some others in class said they would like to go to Africa.  

So... the thoughts are still formulating in my head and again I ask for prayer for His guidance here.  But what if I were to help form a mission team.  Set up a trip to take others to see the need, feed the hungry, clothe the poor, LOVE the people as Jesus told us too?  Together with others we can pull together and get other people to sell their possessions and give to the needy. ;o)  I don't mean extortion or anything... but have church wide garage sales, and bake sales, and spaghetti dinners and raise money together to go and spread love.

I haven't been so excited in a LONG time!  It's been an amazing couple of days!!!  E got to make his wish.  We may get to fulfill his wish with some amazing friends.  D said we could adopt again some day, and I feel like God has given me a grand idea to carry out His Will. Does it get better?!

So again I ask for your prayers as I work through the ideas, continue to seek His will, and iron out the particulars.  Perhaps I will be back in my beloved Africa before I know it! ;o)


Matthew and Amanda said...

Wow! It was an exciting weekend at your house!! I am very happy for in and will be praying that in the future everything will come together for your future child.

I commend you for feeling called and being willing to take action. I think getting started is the hardest part. I'll be praying.


SupermomE13 said...

I am so excited for you... it is all going to be awesome! You are such an inspiration to me. :)
Love you

Tiffany said...

WOW...I am so excited for you Andrea! It will be fun to see how all these ideas flesh out (the adoption and the missions). I love them both and am glad that you hear God's voice - that's the best.

Unknown said...

Thank you for posting this I AM STRONGLY feeling THE PULL TO ETHIOPIA-however my husband is not. This gives me hope and courage to faithfully pray for God to change his heart. Thank you.