Monday, April 30, 2012

Ultimate Provider

Friday morning, I loaded up 3 of our boys to go to an appointment at Children's Hospital and left Sydney babysitting the other three kids.  As I usually am, I was late.  This made me a little stressed because to me this was a very important doctor's visit.  Our oldest son, Keenan, was scheduled for us to get the results from a CT scan of his skull (a birth abnormality) because the area has become tender to the touch.

Trusting In Him that we would receive good news, I drove up to the parking garage at 10:32 for a 10:40 appointment.  Oh no, the 12 passenger van would not fit!!!  I frantically started looking around for somewhere else to park. This garage is where I ALWAYS park because I am usually in a smaller car.  (We are down to one car since Righ gave back his business car last week.)

I drove up the hill to a sign that said PUBLIC PARKING.  I pulled into the lot and realized I had no money, but needed to pay or risk being towed. At this point, I was on the phone with my sweet friend, Robin.  She was near where I was and offered to bring me money, but then she realized she didn't have any either.  I hung up hurriedly and starting searching the car for change and asking Keenan to do the same, while pleading with God to help.  I didn't know it, but my friend (who had offered to bring money) was praying for God to intervene.

By this time, it was 10:38.  I told Keenan to get the boys out of the car, jumped out and ran across the parking lot to the PAY ON YOUR OWN machine.  As I ran up to the machine, there was this sweet little woman dressed in her Sunday best wearing what reminded me of a Kentucky Derby hat with a pocketbook slung over her wrist.  She turned right to me and said, "I have a parking pass I paid $10 for and only used it for ten minutes.  Can I give it to you so I don't waste my money?"

And the tears came.  And I was speechless.  And I heard her say, "Oh, just come with me and let me give you my ticket."  I followed her in awe and amazement.  As I walked, I could only think why had I doubted my God, why did I think He would leave me with no money to park.  He supplies each and every need our family has.  Every single time.

I wanted to hug that little lady in front of me.  I think she was an angel standing right there and I will NEVER EVER forget her face.  She is forever printed in my memory as a gentle reminder of God's precious love.

I walked back to my three sons, put the ticket in my van window and walked across the parking lot toward the hospital.  The last thing I remember is that little woman waving at the boys and I.  Once again, I will always have her smiling and waving at my little boys imprinted in my head.

Thank you, Jesus, for showing up in your own time....not mine!!!  Your way is so much better and brings way more Glory and Honor to your HOLY NAME!!!

Matthew 6:26 -
Look at the birds of the air: they neither sow nor reap nor gather into barns, and yet your heavenly Father feeds them. Are you not of more value than they?

Saturday, April 28, 2012

"I am forever changed"

Two years ago today, our oldest daughter, Sydney, refused to eat pizza. And we were forever changed.  She asked for just bread and water and God changed our whole family. She had a goal of raising $500 and God raised much, much more than that.  God took the vision of a 10 year old girl and used it for His glory and developed a non-profit ministry.  How thankful I am!!

Click HERE to read her blog post from today.  Then, watch this video she put together this week.  Ask God how you can be forever changed.

Then, help FEEDING THE ORPHANS celebrate the vision God gave her two years ago TODAY by making a DONATION to make a difference in the life of ONE.

Wednesday, April 25, 2012

Yesterday it hit me.  The reality of stepping out in faith. The reality of 7 children and a husband who just followed Jesus out of the corporate world to care for the fatherless of the world.

Trust.  Complete trust. That's where we stand.

Obedience.  Complete obedience.  That's where we want to be.

Crazy?  Yes, that is what we are called.  We brought four beautiful children home from Africa in 15 months and people think we are crazy.  My perspective? There are more than 147 million little faces that need a mommy right now.  Now, that's CRAZY.

However, yesterday when the reality of our last paycheck and Righ's company car being picked up today hit me, I had a "deep breath" day.  Big deep breaths.

Then, I was reminded of Jesus and where He has us. This is our new journey, a new chapter and He is in control.  So, as we step into it, we trust.  We obey. We let Him lead. Then, we follow wherever He takes us.

A sweet friend asked late yesterday afternoon if I had read Jesus Calling for the day.  I had not and she encouraged me to go home and do just that (we left at 7:30 am for dentist and dr. appts plus grocery shopping).

Let the radiance of My Glory shine upon you, as you wait on Me in confident trust.  Be still and know that I am God.  There is both a passive and an active side to trusting Me.  As you rest in My Presence focusing on Me, I quietly build bonds of trust between us. 

Words of reassurance. Words of peace.  Yes, God is leading.  Yes, we are following.  And yes, we trust.  Now that opportunity is greater, but so is the possibility for more Glory to shine upon our KING!!!

So whether you eat or drink or whatever you do, do it all for the glory of God.

1 Corinthians 10:31