Tuesday, March 31, 2009
Tomorrow, no matter what the outcome, our hearts will not be sick because our hope will not be deferred. Our HOPE is in our God and the victory he has already claimed for our son, for our family, for our very lives.
We are fervently praying that we can claim God's victory over Micah David's life tomorrow and share him with you. Please pray this with us!
This journey has been so long but we have not walked one step alone. Our PORTION has been with us every step, every day, darkness and light, pain and joy, through it all.
Our God has gone before us in this battle and we are walking peacefully in His big, comforting shadow!
31 For who is God besides the LORD ?
32 It is God who arms me with strength
and makes my way perfect.
33 He makes my feet like the feet of a deer;
34 He trains my hands for battle;
35 You give me your shield of victory,
Monday, March 30, 2009
knock and the door will be opened to you."
It's amazing how far we have come in this adoption process. So many days and nights of waiting have all been leading to this one date, April 1st.
We ask because we love Micah,
Sunday, March 29, 2009
The questions are endless and exasperating. Today we awoke with a strong feeling of peace and excitement.
NOW IS THE TIME. Now is the time for courage, now is the time for faith, now is the time for fear.
Yes, fear. The RIGHT kind of fear can serve you well in hard times, a lesson we have learned in the past few months.
"I am a God who is near. I am also a God who is far away," declares the LORD. Jeremiah 23:23
We serve a MIGHTY God who is able to do all things, more than we can ask or imagine. He is HUGE, He is EVERYWHERE, He knows EVERYTHING. This is scary and brings us to our knees.
He is a God to be feared. And that fear is liberating, inspiring, and comforting.
Today we are comforted by our fear, good fear, righteous fear. Because we fear our God, we do not fear Tuesday. You see, our great and mighty God is FOR US. He is working on our behalf, purposing good and kindness in ways we can only dream of. How great is that!
Once you fear your Lord, and know that He is on your side in all of his awesomeness and might, what else is there?
What a relief!
Saturday, March 28, 2009
We've had a hard time praying lately for our adoption as, well, we've said it all over the past 6 months. There's not much we can say that our God hasn't heard from our lips over and over again. So, we're keeping it simple.
Here's our prayer:
Father, you know our hearts. We have walked this journey to Micah for 6 months with you and we've come to a place of peace. Please fulfill your plans for our son. Release him into our hands on Wednesday that he might come and join this family forever. We long to have him with us, finally, to have our hearts complete. May April 1st be the day that we can call him ours.
May you receive all the praise and glory.
Thursday, March 26, 2009
What we have: hundreds of pictures, countless updates from our agency, 1 updated homestudy, 1 updated 797-C, 2 unsuccessful court dates, 1 looming court date that could be successful or unsuccessful, hundreds of people praying, newborn clothing that needs a good home, matching Christmas, Valentines, Easter shirts that will go unworn, an empty crib, an empty bouncy seat, empty arms, bad sinus infections, double ear infections, broken washer, toilet, doors, hearts, a God who promises good if we follow Him, no idea where we're going...
What we don't have...Micah.
We believe the Lord is on our side and that we will be victorious, someday...Hopefully April 1st.
Thursday, March 19, 2009
Wednesday, March 18, 2009
Friday, March 13, 2009
Isaiah Semlow is such a sweet and happy child. In EVERY picture he is grinning from ear to hear with infectious joy. He loves to wave his hand right in front of his face to show his excitement at having his picture taken. He can often be found in Micah David's pictures, playing with him and loving on him. His heart is SO BIG!!
Josiah Semlow has the most beautiful hair and lips at the transitional home. He's expressive and you can always tell how he's feeling. He's a big boy, almost as big as his older brother, and loves to be thrown in the air. He's also known to be a little curious around the AWAA office at the TH, getting into the office supplies and generally being a curious George!
Lydia Semlow is the most STUNNING, dark, doe-eyed baby girl I've ever seen. My heart swells with love for her as I type. She has a sweet little belly (that I can't wait to rub) and deep eyes that hold so much struggle and yet so much HOPE. She loves girlie things and kisses!
THESE ARE GOD'S CHILDREN loved and adored by a family waiting for them in Illinois. THEY ARE STUCK in a paperwork prison, waiting on ONE SIGNATURE so that they may be released to their forever family.
They are REAL, they are LOVED, they are ORPHANS who, because of a cruel world, are being held captive in Ethiopia.
THEY ARE NOT A STORY, THEY ARE BELOVED CHILDREN WHOM I HAVE SEEN AND HEARD AND LOVE.
They need your prayers. Please, wherever you are, pray for God to release these sweet babies to their forever family. They need YOU, we need YOU to pray for their salvation.
Isaiah, Josiah, and Lydia- Aunt Kim LOVES YOU so much. You're faces bring our family such joy and hope. God has wonderful plans for you and I feel so blessed to be a part of your journey to family. You are loved, you are miracles, you are blessed. Can you hear your loving Father singing over you? Can you hear your Mommy's cries for you? Oh children, that you would understand the depth and breadth and height of the love your family and Father have for you!!!!! One day, when the sorrow and pain of your life in Africa is melting away, Mommy and I will tell you of our love for you, of this hard and sorrowful journey to you, and of how we would DO IT ALL AGAIN just to watch you sleep in your beds and hear your soft, sweet breath at REST.
Tuesday, March 10, 2009
Perhaps the third time is the charm. You know what to do...
Monday, March 9, 2009
24 Why do you hide your face,
25 We are brought down to the dust;
Friday, March 6, 2009
Thursday, March 5, 2009
So we do the waiting dance, again. What are the steps?
You get the point...shake-shake.
Wednesday, March 4, 2009
Please continue praying that our God would BURDEN the judge's heart for Micah David, that she would see his sweet face in her dreams, that she would release him as soon as humanly possible into the loving arms of the parents who have longed for him for over 2 years.
recalling it only as waters gone by.
17 Life will be brighter than noonday,
and darkness will become like morning.
18 You will be secure, because there is hope;
you will look about you and take your rest in safety."
We long for rest, for brightness, for this affliction to be as waters gone by...and for our sweet, sweet Micah David.
Tuesday, March 3, 2009
"Just wanted to touch base to let you know that everything went great today submitting your documents to court. They have not issued a court date yet for your family. Duni will be speaking with the judge tomorrow, but it may still be another two to three days or so before we know the official date.
I will call you as soon as I hear. Duni wanted me to share with you that she will literally get on her knees in front of the judge, if she needs to, to plead for the earliest date possible for your family. We are doing all we can. Hang in there, we are praying for your family."
Micah's paperwork is in a judge's hands. PRAY HARD THAT SHE WILL DEAL GRACIOUSLY!!!
"Concerning things to come, do you question me about my children, or give me orders about the work of my hand? IT IS I WHO MADE THE EARTH, AND CREATED MANKIND UPON IT." Isaiah 45
We are CHOOSING JOY from this moment on. We are praising God today that our paperwork is in the judges hands and that He is working with His hands.
These are YOUR children. You are the Father of the fatherless. Your mighty right hand has saved your people from slavery, led them in the wilderness, rebuked, comforted, saved, and was finally nailed to cross for us all.
USE YOUR HANDS to melt and mold and pierce the heart of the judge tomorrow for YOUR CHILDREN. We have laid them on the altar of your grace and mercy time and time again, and time and time again we have been rebuffed. 3 times now, as Moses before Pharaoh, we have requested that they be released. Now is the time to ACT, to work with your mighty right hand and release our children. We do not ask this from our own righteousness but because of your grace and mercy, because your son loves us and told us to ask.
I don't know why we have been chosen to carry these children, to walk this road of burden and affliction, or even why you love us but you have been faithful throughout. Prove yourself faithful evermore tomorrow by saving our children by your mighty right hand. It is YOU who have saves. It is YOU who redeems. REDEEM! It is YOU who deserve the glory and honor for the lives of your chosen ones. To you alone be all honor and glory and praise.
Father, I admit that I am so weary and my flesh wants to give up. I don't think I can take one more day of separation from my son. I don't think I can take one more closed door, one more piece of bad news, one more worldly problem holding me back from the son of my heart. How many times have I cried out to you only to hear silence? I have remembered you of OLD as you command but need you in the PRESENT TODAY.
I don't understand why your justice has taken so long for these children. I don't understand why equity has not applied to them until now, why they have been set apart and dealt so harshly with by this world. But you do. You are a God of justice, righteousness, and equity. Deal EQUITABLY with our children tomorrow. Show your justice to all through Jadyn and Micah.
I confess that I fear tomorrow. I fear the decisions of man. I fear bad news and heartache and time. I know I am not alone in this. Cover our fears with your right hand and hide us in the cleft of YOU as YOU are our rock eternal.
I will bless your name this day, Father, as I have no other choice. There is no where else to turn, nothing else to say, no Word yet to read. This is my purpose and I will walk it. Just give me the grace for each step.
Today, I am tired in so many ways. I have nothing left to offer as I have laid my life and the life of my son on the altar. I have nothing left to pray as I have said it all.
The only words I have left are DEAL GRACIOUSLY.
Monday, March 2, 2009
We don't understand this journey and we can't see what you are doing. In this darkness we are consumed with sadness and fear. In this darkness we feel all alone.
In this darkness when we can't see with your eyes, we will trust in your hands.
We trust your hands to squeeze the hearts that need squeezing, to mold the hearts that need molding, to move the mountains that need moving, to bind the souls that need binding, to release the children we so desperately need released.
Father, squeeze, mold, push, move, bind, ACT with your might hands.
And, when you're done, please put our hearts gently back together as they have broken once again for your children.