God has STILL got this!
The song "Somebody's Praying" is running through my head! I've had myself a good cry and praising God session and I'm ready to share some details.
I posted this on Facebook, but I've gotta put it down here for posterity's sake. I am sorry if anyone who reads this blog is tired of hearing about the money issue. Anyone who has been through a private or international adoption knows that the money issue is just huge. I can honestly say that the only reason we don't have a house full of adopted kids is the money issue. We started this process with a call from God, knowing that He would have to provide cause we couldn't come up with $30,000 in less than a year. The money issue is where Satan has attacked. The routine and unexpected expenses of life didn't slow down. Washing machines stop working, grocery and gas prices go up, cars slip on the ice and damage wheels, oil pans leak and brakes need replacing. That's not God being mean, that's just life (thank you, dear hubby for always reminding me of that).
A few days ago, I noticed that our van is leaking oil AND the front brakes started making a grinding noise. Took it to Danny's Auto Repair (the best around, by the way), and the verdict is $400 and something. I was really bummed. We are less than 2 months from needed a huge final payment to travel to China. I had a moment - you know those moments - "God, what are you doing???" Then I had a better moment - "God, I know you're not surprised by anything. I know I can trust you. Will you take care of all the financial needs, please?" Still bummed, but knowing. Posted bummer news on Facebook. Got some perspective checks from some friends ;) Left Facebook to look at the online bank account - gotta find $400 in the budget. See "Pending Transactions." Click on it. Matt's annual bonus is there. Look at the amount - look again - IT IS DOUBLE WHAT WE WERE EXPECTING! YES, I SAID DOUBLE!!
These funds will be going straight to our adoption account as soon as they officially hit the bank. This does not complete the money we need, but it gets us WAY closer.
I know that the expenses of life won't stop and Satan will keep attacking where he knows I am weak. Today was a reminder to me that God's provision and timing are perfect. Hmmm...did my last blog ask for those things?
"Thanks" will never be enough for the prayers of godly people who love us enough to carry us to the Father.
Keep praying, friends, God is listening.
"Abraham called the name of that place Jehovah-Jireh, the LORD is my provider. As it is said to this day, “In the LORD’s mountain it will be provided.” Genesis 22:14
Happy Birthday, dear Samuel! God is going to bring us together.