It happens in a blink…

6 Jan

It is truly amazing how our lives can change in the blink of an eye.  It is astonishing how one phone call can turn your world upside-down (in a good way this time).  God orchestrates things in a way that baffles me sometimes.  However, I know that I am merely on the ground level and my vision is limited, and God can see it all, the whole big picture.  As many of you know, we are in the process of adopting a third Wee-wood.  well, we have been chosen by a birthmother to parent her child.  It is a totally surreal experience right now.  I’m not really sure that it has totally set in yet.  We got to meet her and some of her family yesterday.  What a sweet experience!  I got to pray for her and the baby, and we got to share how we are being led by God to adopt a child.  We got to learn about her and why she is placing this child inside her up for adoption.  It was somewhat gut wrenching for me to experience her emotions.  It became clear to me how difficult of a decision this is for her, but she knows that it is the right decision.

So God is using this situation to change the courses of many lives.  It will obviously change our lives.  It will change the birthmother’s life.  However, it will also change lives for centuries to come.  This one decision made by a 24 year old young woman to place her baby for adoption could have astronomical impacts.  I don’t mean to oversell the situation, but truly it could have incredible implications in years ahead that we currently have no idea about.  It is exciting to think about.  I think that same thing for Wee-woods 1 and 2.  The could be the next huge impact person to change the world.  The potential is huge for them, and I am so glad to get to be a part of parenting them.

The part of this that is a bit scary for me is that she could have this baby at literally any moment!  I mean we always knew that this was coming, but now that it is actually here I am kind of taken off guard.  I know that this is part of God’s sovereign plan though.  It has happened so quickly that that we have not become totally prepared for the finalization of the adoption.  This is where She-wood and I are appealing to the Body of Christ to help us bear this burden of sorts.  I believe that the words of Paul are true when he tells the church at Galatia, “Bear one another’s burdens, and so fulfill the law of Christ” (Gal. 6:2).  We are also clinging to Philippians 4:19 where Paul again writes, “And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.”  We know that the financial portion of this adoption is the very small part for God, however the remaining $12,500 that we need to complete this adoption is large to us.

We look forward to watching God provide this as we have seen Him provide over and over for us through our lives.  We have partnered with Lifesong for Orphans to help us raise this money.  Every bit of the money that you donate to help with our adoption will come to us, but Lifesong provide a tax shelter to make your donation deductible.  If you would like to help, and we pray that you do, there are two ways you can help.

You can write a check and mail it:

Write preference Arrowood #2439 Adoption on the note line

Lifesong for Orphans Attn: Arrowood #2439 Adoption

PO Box 40 / 202 N. Ford St.

Gridley, IL 61744

Or you can donate online through PayPal through this link here just scroll down and click on the donate button in the middle of the page.  Also remember to designate preference Arrowood #2439 at the top of the PayPal page.

We strongly believe that God wants the Body, His Church, to help us in this venture that we are taking with Him.  I know that He can stir hearts to help us with this.  We believe in James 1:27 which states, “Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, The Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their afflictions, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”  Please don’t read that verse in passing.  Apply it to your life.  Thank you in advance for what God will lead you to do.  We love you.

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