Friday, March 16, 2012

So what's happening now?

My blogging has been nonexistent for SEVERAL months. So, what's happening now???

Nathanael is 27 months old now. Can you believe it?! I can't!!! He LOVES life. He loves to hug, kiss, and cuddle. Don't get me wrong, he's all boy too...plays with cars, trains, dirt, blocks and climbs climbs climbs! He is a delight! I love seeing his excitement about life. I long for some of know going back to a time when blowing bubbles makes me so excited I laugh and squeal, and clap. :) He is pure joy to our lives and we feel so blessed that he is ours.

I was thinking the other day about the way God orchestrated our family. Brian and I were just discussing this last night. I will forever feel blessed and honored that God led us to The Home of God's Love and Ted and Bev Skiles. Their method of matching families and caring for children is Spirit-led and anointed! Nathanael could not be more perfect for our family. He has so many characteristics that are like his dad and others that are like me. I am amazed and humbled over and over again as I think about how God matched a child from Taiwan and a family in America so perfectly. I will be forever thankful for Ted and Bev's care for Nathanael when he was so sick. The visited him in the hospital, sang "Jesus Loves Me" (which is the first song he sang along to), and just loved on him. When we were in Taiwan almost 2 years ago, I sat misty-eyed watching them interact with the children they care for. It was obvious that these children are precious to them. I will never be able to thank the Lord enough for bringing Ted and Bev into our lives. They are an inspiration. I will never be able to thank the Lord or Ted and Bev enough for the gift of our precious, perfect son.

So why am I blogging about this now? Here's why...
This past year has been difficult emotionally, financially, relationally....OK you get the point. :) When I reflect on what God has done in my life, the minute details that he worked out to match Nathanael with Brian and I, I am reminded of the Lord's FAITHFULNESS! His faithfulness has nothing to do with our circumstances. In fact, His light shines brightest when we are in the dark. Reflecting on our adoption and how the Lord worked out details for our good and His glory reminds me that He's still the same God doing the same kind of work today. It encourages me to continue trusting Him and thanking Him for his providential care of his children.

"Understand, therefore, that the LORD your God is indeed God. He is the faithful God who keeps his covenant for a thousand generations and lavishes his unfailing love on those who love him and obey his commands." --Deuteronomy 7:9

"But be sure to fear the LORD and faithfully serve him. Think of all the wonderful things he has done for you. " I Samuel 12:24

"Give thanks to the LORD, for he is good!
His faithful love endures forever. " I Chronicles 16:34

"I will thank you, Lord, among all the people.
I will sing your praises among the nations.
For your unfailing love is as high as the heavens.
Your faithfulness reaches to the clouds.
Be exalted, O God, above the highest heavens.
May your glory shine over all the earth. " Psalm 57:9-11

"You faithfully answer our prayers with awesome deeds,
O God our savior.
You are the hope of everyone on earth,
even those who sail on distant seas.
You formed the mountains by your power
and armed yourself with mighty strength." Psalm 65:5-6

"He will cover you with his feathers. He will shelter you with his wings. His faithful promises are your armor and protection. Psalm 91:4

"The LORD will work out his plans for my life— for your faithful love, O LORD, endures forever. Don’t abandon me, for you made me." Psalm 138:8

"God will do this, for he is faithful to do what he says, and he has invited you into partnership with his Son, Jesus Christ our Lord." I Corinthians 8:9

"But the Lord is faithful; he will strengthen you and guard you from the evil one."
II Thesalonians 3:3