My dream...

Ok...so I just got home at 1:30 this morning from the Deeper Still Conference in Atlanta, GA.  While I was there, the Lord convicted me of my pitiful prayer life.  I mean...I pray, I just know that the Lord wants me to go deeper in my pursuit of Him and deeper in my prayer life.  I have felt lately like I've been carrying around many burdens and heartaches that are linked to things I can't control, but I know the One who can and I know that He wants me to give them over to Him!  So, I got home and went straight to bed with all of this on my mind and I had a "crazy" dream.  I dreamed that I was lying in bed, half asleep, and I heard a terrible commotion in the next room...  When I got up to check on it, there was a huge snake slithering around everywhere knocking things over, and destroying everything around it.  I ran to get Jay and told him to come quickly and do something!  When I walk back in the room, he's holding this small seemingly harmless snake around the neck with one hand.  I remember saying "It looked way bigger than that when it was tearing up the house!"  He killed it, threw it out, and we began to clean up the mess.  I woke up with a fear that there may be a snake in my house somewhere (it was one of those very realistic dreams) and I felt in my spirit that the Lord wanted to use that to tell me that if I could see the enemy visibly destroying my house, I would do something about it, but because so much of what he does is unseen, I don't take seriously the battle and I don't go into it with my prayer guns blasting!  I have not been able to stop thinking about it all day, and I want to encourage all believers to PRAY!!!!  Join me in praying for our nation...  the lost... the upcoming election... for believers to return to what they know to be truth.  

2 Chronicles 7:14
If my people who are called by My name humble themselves and pray and seek My face and turn from their wicked ways, then I will hear from heaven, will forgive their sin and will heal their land.

James 5:16
The effective prayer of a righteous man can accomplish much.


The wait is over...for now

For months now, we have been waiting on "the phone call". We have sometimes patiently waited, sometimes anxiously waited, and always prayerfully waited for the phone call that would change lives. Not only ours, but the life of a child with no hope, no future, stability, no love. We finally received the call this week and I now fully understand why God had us to wait.

But those who wait on the LORD
Shall renew their strength;
They shall mount up with wings like eagles,
They shall run and not be weary,
They shall walk and not faint.
Isaiah 40:31

The Lord allowed us to wait on Him so that He could renew our strength. We definitely couldn't have ever been prepared for this in our own strength. Let me tell you now what has happened...

A few weeks ago, we felt led to not adopt only, but to foster a child or children. Our ultimate goal is still adoption, but we feel that the Lord has led us to be a family to child that is in need. So, we got a call this week, and without being too specific (sorry) we now have a little boy here with us!
We do not know if this will be permanent or just temporary. We do know that he is very loving, very outgoing, and he loves Chloe and Will and they love him. We also know that he has been through a LOT in his very short life.

These are some things that the Lord has taught me so far. First, I have seen through this child that God places in each of us a desire to be part of a Christ centered family from a very young age. As children, we all need to have a dad that is the spiritual head of the household and one that intercedes on our behalf. We all need to be loved and nurtured by a mom. We all need to have brothers and sisters to lean on and learn from. And we need to see our parents love each other. I am so thankful that this is the model that Jay has set in our home and I just pray that however long this child is in our care will make a difference in his life for eternity.

So, the wait is over...for now. I know that this is not the last time we will do this for a child in need. Please pray for us and for this child we have. Pray for wisdom on our part and for the love of Christ to capture our new friend. Pray for his salvation and for his steps to be firmly planted in the Word of the Lord! Pray also that he will be able to understand that the Lord has plans for him - not to harm him, but plans for a hope and a future.