The last few weeks, I have been doing my best to focus on what IS true. What I KNOW in my heart to be TRUTH and what I STAND on. People ask us all of the time either WHY we adopted when we already had several kids, or WHAT adopting older kids is like....
After the hardest year of our lives, thus far, and I mean, HARD, hard stuff, I have been reflecting back on what this year has taught me and what I KNOW to be
One expresses and one doesn't. Counseling for 7 months (weekly) hasn't done a whole lot. Right now, we are looking at some different options. For one, we have taken a break from counseling and plan on in the future, changing to a different counselor. Right now, we are mainly looking for a way to do some bio-feedback to try and heal their brains and give them a chance to move forward from their pasts. (More on this in a near-future post).
So, as we continue to walk on and pray for wisdom and grace, as well as make decisions as to how to help them best, here are the truths we are choosing to stand on:
"Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long." ~Psalm 25:5
1.God is in the hard stuff:
He is here; he is walking with us on this journey.
"Be strong and courageous. Do not fear or be in dread of them, for it is the LORD your God who goes with you. He will not leave you or forsake you.”
2. He placed us here:
Then Mordecai told them to reply to Esther, “Do not think to yourself that in the king's palace you will escape any more than all the other Jews. For if you keep silent at this time, relief and deliverance will rise for the Jews from another place, but you and your father's house will perish. And who knows whether you have not come to the kingdom for such a time as this?”
There are times, many days, when I think that he picked the wrong person because my human nature wants to over-ride the truth. The enemy loves to get in my face every chance he can to remind me that I am not cut out for this immense job! But when I take a step back, I see we were made for them and they were made for us. He put them right where they are suppose to be, as hard as this is to see on some days.
As much as Satan would love for us to believe that this isn't true, or that we are not equipped to do the job set before us, this isn't the truth. That is a lie from the pit of hell.
The truth is, WE are not equipped to do this, only through HIM will we be able to make it. Only through him, will they be lead to Christ, so that HE can redeem their lives. Because only HE can, not us.
"Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour." 1 Peter 5:8
3. He is growing us:
He is like a tree planted by water, that sends out its roots by the stream, and does not fear when heat comes, for its leaves remain green, and is not anxious in the year of drought, for it does not cease to bear fruit.” ~Jeremiah 17:8
4. This life isn’t about Us and OUR plans, it’s about HIM:
“..declaring the end from the beginning and from ancient times things not yet done, saying, ‘My counsel shall stand, and I will accomplish all my purpose,..” Isaiah 46:10
The Lord is not slow to fulfill his promise as some count slowness, but is patient toward you, not wishing that any should perish, but that all should reach repentance”. 2 Peter 3:9
“Whoever finds his life will lose it, and whoever loses his life for my sake will find it”. Matthew 10:39
“The heart of man plans his way, but the LORD establishes his steps”.
5. He very well is sovereign and just may give us ‘More than we can handle’
I have said it before – God didn’t call us to do the “easy”. He didn’t say, follow me and life will be a piece of cake. He didn’t say to just do what the Bible says and life will be just like you want it to be. God isn't a genie to just grant each wish we have. Because if he were, we would have such royally messed up lives. You see, WE don't know what is best for us, but He does.
No, that isn’t how we grow in Him, it isn’t how we become more like Jesus and show others Jesus. He has asked us to give sacrificially, to love with abandon and to follow Him. IT IS HARD.
But the difference is, with Jesus, when we fall, we are falling into His arms and He is catching us. He is our anchor, he is our rock and that is the truth that we hold to, and friends, it is
"Have I not commanded you? Be strong and courageous. Do not be frightened, and do not be dismayed, for the Lord your God is with you wherever you go." ~Joshua 1:9
If you need more clarification on this-I love this guys writing on the subject-check it out, it really explains things of this common mis-truth: http://www.ministryu.org/god-always-gives-us-more-than-we-can-handle/
6. He is orchestrating the outcome and I have to let go of the it! :
THIS IS MY NEW BRACELET- I WEAR IT EACH DAY TO REMIND ME TO :
"LET GO OF THE OUTCOME ~ HE'S WRITING THE STORY"