twins by surprise! OR God’s timing is always perfect!
***Warning… I wrote this when I was super excited. Like, GIDDY excited. So, if I ramble, I apologize. 🙂 ***
Just to calm the nerves of anyone who read this and thought I might actually be BIRTHING twins… no. No, I am not. 🙂
However, I do have a super cool story to tell, one worth blogging about.
It’s no secret anymore that I have a heart for adoption.
More specifically, international adoption.
Even more specifically, Chinese international adoption.
The Lord hooked my heart about a year ago when I “happened” to be on the New Day Foster Home website (some friends from church had adopted a little boy that was there before they got him).
I saw a picture of a little girl, and she was cute.
And then I saw her name. Lily.
The same name I had mentally given the child we never knew… the one we lost to miscarriage before our Rachel was born.
And it was that fast.
I knew in that instant that although miscarriage is terrible, God was going to be faithful to take a bad thing associated with a sinful world, and work good from it. The place in my heart always saved for the one we never knew… maybe one day it would be filled with another child not born of myself that needed a Mommy, a Daddy, and a Family.
My hope is that one day our family will adopt.
But until then…
Dear heavens, the waiting!!!
I am not a patient person by habit, but the past year and various events have grown me a lot in this area. I see the value in ways like I never did before in waiting on God’s perfect timing. I’ve seen how trying to work things out in my own power fail miserably, while when the sovereign hand of the Lord is ready to move, there is no human effort equal to it.
It’s a beautiful thing, friends.
This afternoon, I was particularly burdened for orphans. And, as I sometimes do, I prayer journaled… asking the Lord my questions, and patiently waiting for Him to respond.
And, He did.
I felt a gentle reminder of his faithfulness in so many ways, especially concerning the timing of his perfect plan.
And really, that would have been enough. But, sometimes, He enjoys lavishing his love on me.
I got on Facebook just to browse my newsfeed, and saw that New Day had posted about a need for more folks to sponsor the kids they care for. I clicked on the link, and while reading noticed they suggest donations in lieu of gifts… and it clicked. Why couldn’t this be MY gift? I posted the link on my mom’s page, and put it out there… what if… what if this was my gift instead of traditional birthday/Christmas/anniversary/random presents??
And, my mom being fully open to adoption (I have 5 siblings, and only 2 of the 6 of us have the same two parents!), said “yes”.
And in that “yes”, my heart sang!
One more child being cared for… what joy!
But it wasn’t enough.
I had actually talked to Matt about sponsoring a New Day child a while back. At that point, we didn’t have a budget written out, and we had already increased sponsorship to another organization we love. So, we decided to wait.
After creating the budget, we now both have monthly spending money.
Quick question: If you had the choice to get a pedicure once a month, or help care for a child with no family… which would YOU choose?
I chose the child.
Crazy how we’re sticking with this budget to become debt-free, so that we can perhaps one day pursue adoption, and in creating a budget I have the freedom to help a child in the now. God is so good!
Even more confirmation… my mom and dad had dropped a sponsorship with another organization a few months ago, feeling like it wasn’t the right thing for them. The amount of the New Day sponsorship? Within $5 of what the other one was. God is SO good!
So, together, we are sponsoring the cutest set of twin boys. Twins! I never expected to have twins in my life!
God’s plan is far more than I could ever expect.
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