I probably should have started this blog back in January - that's when God started tugging on our hearts to adopt and it's when He started opening all the doors (very quickly, I might add). I'll probably have to go back and post the details of how God has moved over the past 7 months, just so you can see how His hand has been in every detail of this adoption journey we are about to embark on.
Yes, that's right! In October we will begin a 12-18 month journey to adopt a baby from Ethiopia - to bring our "Missing Linck" home.
Whoa! This adventure is something that I would have never dreamed for myself - but as you're about to read, God's plans are different (and far better) than mine.
Isaiah 55:8-9 says "For my thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways my ways," declares the Lord. "As the heavens are higher than the earth, so are my ways higher than your ways and my thoughts higher than your thoughts."
Our journey to Ethiopia started with one tearful and heartfelt prayer for God's perfect plan for our future family.
In January, I thought I was pregnant and I was heartbroken when I discovered I wasn't. Since the Fall, I had been overcome with the crazy emotions associated with "baby fever" and for several months my body had been playing cruel tricks on me. There were several months that I thought I was pregnant, only to discover I wasn't.
One morning (after yet another negative pregnancy test) I was driving to work, tears streaming down my face (the ugly kind of sobs) having a real heart-to-heart with the Lord. In complete honesty, I told Him how disappointed I was that I wasn't pregnant and how I deeply desired to be a mom.
I prayed "God, please just help me to trust You and Your perfect plan for my life - especially in regards to starting a family. Help me to remember that Your plan and timing is far better than any plans I could have for myself. Please give me patience. Help me to trust in Your plan."
God "heard my prayers and saw my tears" (Isaiah 38:5) and just like His word promises in Jeremiah 33:3 "Call to me and I will answer you and tell you great and unsearchable things you do not know."
He did! He began to reveal His plan for John and I to adopt only 5 days later....
(to be continued!)