All day yesterday I could not get Ephesians 3:20-21 out of my mind.
We are praising God for doing IMMEASURABLY MORE than all we could ask or imagine.
Want to know why? :)
As you know from this post about a month ago, we have been waiting and praying that the Lord would do the impossible. It has been a very long few months since we said goodbye to our N and M in Ethiopia and there have been many days of discouragement and heart ache since then. But all along we have been praying and praying and knowing that we have a God that loves us and answers us in His timing and according to His will.
And while there are many things that we have been praying for, I would say the biggest is that the children would be able to be moved so that the adoption process in Ethiopia could finally get started. If you are confused as to why that needed to happen click HERE. One of the obstacles we were faced with during the last several months was that the closest living relative needed to submit documents to 3 levels of governments before the children could be moved to an orphanage that was licensed for adoption . There was a point in the process that we were told it was going to be next to impossible to get the government approvals with all of the changes and restrictions that are happening right now. We were not getting much encouraging news. Actually none. So we did the only thing we could do.
Wait and pray.
Pray and wait.
And trust that He who has called us IS faithful.
And yesterday He answered those prayers.
Big time. :)
We got news yesterday that all 3 levels are approved and the government has already assigned their files to a licensed orphanage! This is what we have been praying for!
But that's not the best part...
Oh how He LOVES us and LOVES to knock us down with His goodness to us!
We were told that because this particular orphanage is one that our agency already works with...
N and M do NOT have to be moved!
Did you hear that??? They GET TO STAY where they are at! They get to be with their friends and caregivers that they have been living with for the past 4+ years while the paperwork for the adoption is processed!
This is SO much more than all we could ask or imagine! We had been simply praying that they would be moved and our God just moved the mountains!
And get this: after we cried tears of JOY and praised the Lord for what He had done already, I went out a little later to check the mail.
And of all the days, the Lord chose this already amazing day to bless us AGAIN.
After 119 DAYS of waiting... we got our immigration approval!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
Seriously Lord??!!! I just kept thinking of Ephesians 3:30-21 over and over again:
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.
All of a sudden we went from months of nothing to 3 huge things happening all in the same day!!!
It is still not going to happen overnight, and a whole lot of other things still need to take place, but right now things are looking a lot more hopeful! We feel like there is still the possibility of bringing our children home this fall and we are now praying hard for that. It has been too long already!
Thank you to those who have been faithful in praying for our family and especially N and M. To those who have sent emails and messages and calls of encouragement and support and who have believed with us that God can and will make all things possible... it means more to me than you may ever know.
You have blessed this waiting-mama's heart and I am so grateful.
Can't wait to see what He does next!