Friday, January 21, 2011

How COOL is God?!

Wow! Can I just say how very COOL God is?!

He is so into the details that I do not know why it is that I am so surprised when He comes up with some of this stuff!

It’s a good thing you are sitting down this could take a minute, but I will work on the Reader’s Digest version. Since the call from the agency that stated that China may like us I have been in an interesting state. I posted here that I didn’t want it to turn out to be what I now call the ‘twin’ incident. I didn’t want it to be about what I wanted but what was God’s plan. My conundrum was that I had thought that it WAS His plan. I had been praying about it, loving on those beautiful little faces and feeling like our next child was there.

Then we got the information that we weren’t going to be accepted. Two different agencies told us no. I don’t know if it was because they didn’t want to deal with it or what, but they just said nope.

A little plug here, WACAP is the agency that took the time to brainstorm and work through all the options and then call us back and tell us that we were good to go, and they were confident that we could go get a child from China.

Anyway, I posted here, that I had found a peace from God about Ethiopia and going back there. I think it’s why when we got the call from WACAP that I was thrown for such a loop. I had closed the part of my heart that wanted to adopt from China and embraced Ethiopia with my whole heart again. I didn’t know what I was supposed to feel…being given China back was as if I were being given a gift I didn’t deserve…

I had just been praying that day about the direction we were going, and why we weren’t moving forward.

Then the Raffle took hold.

I had no idea how it was going to work or even if it was…but I thought that I had to do something. I had to step out and put it all out there and see what He said. Then the donations came in! Then I cried like every time I got a new email that we had gotten a new donation… seriously I could not comprehend the generosity of the people donating money. I mean it’s not like I was offering an iPad or anything…but donate you did and my heart swelled each time. Then you FB’d it and blogged about it and I cried even more. (I know dramatic… but apparently I am becoming more so)

Saturday was supposed to be the cut off, but then I got some requests to extend it. I prayed about it, and decided that those of you that donated wouldn’t be too upset and since we hadn’t met out goal that it wouldn’t hurt. Then Tuesday came to mind. I had no idea why Tuesday was of significance but that was the day I knew I was supposed to end it.

Sunday God shared the Mustard Seed story with me…

Tuesday is the day that Just Love Them came to my blog (from someone else’s post), read my post about the Moving Mountains… and God told them to help move that mountain!

In the busy-ness of the week I wasn’t able to do my drawing until Thursday night. I was really feeling like I needed to get the drawing done last night…God was really nudging me.

I got an email today from one of the winners that God had used the raffle to answer a prayer for her …that needed an answer today because of a deadline!

During all of this S and D were on a youth renewal retreat over the weekend. While they were gone they both were praying.

S came home and said to me that she didn’t feel like we were supposed to go to China…that she had seen a video with pictures that led her to think that her sister is in Ethiopia…so I went to D and asked him. I thought we had decided that because China had said yes that that was where we were going to go, but he said no…Ethiopia is the place. How do I argue with that?

I don’t. It’s clearly God.

He set all these things in motion to move us into action…to move others into action… to get us to see His plan…while answering other’s prayers.

So not to confuse you, but while I am still in love with those beautiful Chinese babies I am not to mother one… right now ;)

I called our HS agency and told her and she’s very excited…it helps with the renewing of the HS…not as much to have to change up.

SO… GOD is SO COOL! SO COOL! Thanks for hanging in this long!


Barry and Amy said...

I am so happy!! We are adopting from Ethiopia through WACAP!!

You'll have to email me and tell me who your caseworker ends up being!

There is a yahoo group for wacap Ethiopian adoptions. I'll send you the link if you're interested!

So excited for you!

Susan said...

I was hoping that is where your heart would go. Just seemed right to me for you to stay with Ethiopia! Can't wait to see your daughter. I'm working on Jeffrey for our second. Would love a waiting child boy.... waiting on that husband. Those husbands!!!!!

Leslie said...

That is so cool!

Kelley said...

Wouldn't that be so awesome if we traveled to Ethiopia at the same time?

Adeye said...

Oh glad you got confirmation of where the Father is sending you. That is fabulous. Cannot wait to follow you there :)

Our journey following Christ said...

I love how you involve your whole family in this big decision and that they are in tuned with the heart of God.

So Ethiopia it is!



TanyaLea said...

Oh Andrea~

Don't you just LOVE how God is in the details! I just know it delights Him to show us that!! He is SO faithful when we seek His face! I love that He used your children to help clarify the path that He has set before you THIS time! ;) Oh, you know my heart for China, but my heart is ALWAYS to follow God's plan ~ when you seek Him first, you KNOW He will make your path straight! Can't wait to follow your journey to Ethiopia and to see the beautiful child He has 'ALREADY' chosen for you!

I'm sorry that I completely missed your raffle. I hope you will have another in the future. I remember SO clearly how we were blessed by complete strangers and fellow bloggy friends and a few family members, all in those last minutes and how God provided through them. I cried JUST like you! Every single email notifying us of another donation, no matter what the size, had God's handprints all over it and I would cry like a baby. I felt SO wrapped in His love through these faithful people, with giving, loving servant's hearts. And it was in those moments that I just KNEW everything was going to be okay. Oh what an AWESOME God we serve!!

Blessings and Hugs to you, my friend! My heart is filled with JOY for you! <><


TJ said...

Looks like maybe I didn't misspeak afterall. Either way, a child awaits; your child (ren) await.