Jan 16, 2011
Jan 14, 2011
I can't begin to tell you the number of miracles, blessings, and lives changed that I have read about, been told about, or have seen since we have started this process. I amazed and in total awe of His work. Not everyday for these children or for their parents have been perfect, probably not any, to be honest. But lives are being changed and God's hand is most definitely at work.
Let me share a wonderful example from this week!
They are from a ministry called 147 Million Orphans. The ministry helps to feed orphans in Uganda, Haiti, China, Honduras, and Ethiopia and does much, much more. The founders of the ministry are two adoptive mommas. Each have adopted children with special needs and each in the past week have seen miracles happen in the lives of their children. One child was given the ability to hear and another's viral load test came back HIV undetectable.
Gwen's blog http://oatsvallteam.blogspot.com/2011/01/josie-love-joseph-they-should-inspire.html
Jan 7, 2011
Jan 1, 2011
I am so hopeful for the 2011. I am excited to see what God has in store for each one of us and for our family as a whole. My prayer is that God continues to challenge us and to move us beyond our comfort zones. I pray that each one of us grows closer and more deeply in love with our creator. As I pray and write all of this I know that He holds the power to completely alter our world and our way of thinking. So I would be dishonest not to say that for every bit of excitement that comes with this prayer there is a bit of anxiousness and fear. In the end however, I know that His plans and desires for my family far succeed anything good that I could imagine.
In his heart a man plans his course, but the Lord determines his steps. Proverbs 16:9
Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight. Proverbs 3:5-6
This is what the Lord says -your Redeemer, the Holy one of Israel: "I am the Lord your God, who teaches you what is best for you, who directs you in the way you should go. Isaiah 48:17
We received this surprise gift a few days ago from my parents. After taking down decorations today, I placed it on a shelf in our living room. Then I stood back and gazed at the image. Oh how my heart yearns for this to be the living portrait of our family. I feel such great anticipation for the day when it will be so. I am so very thankful to God for the new path that was set before us in 2010.