I missed a day in my 25 days of Christmas series. But I have a really good reason; I promise.
Yesterday was our home study for the adoption process. It is a bittersweet victory for us; sweet because it is one step closer to bringing our child(ren) home, but sad because it is Christmas and we are not together. But I'm moving forward in joy. And peace. And trust. And faith.
We are in the process of adoption; we have saved, raised, and earned about half of the money we need to go and complete our precious family. It hurts me so much to see the materialism of the season and all the money people throw around and know that it is that same money that is the barrier between us and bringing our family home. I have always been frugal, but I'm bringing it to a whole new level. In the last few weeks we kind of loosened the purse strings, but today strengthened my resolve not to do that any more. God is bringing me back to the very start of this journey. He is calling me to follow His heartbeat and ride with Him on this adventure.
Someone shared this video with me and I ask you to listen to the words; this articulated so beautifully what my heart has been crying out. I sat in a puddle of tears, but the last verse filled me with hope for next Christmas. Her stocking is hanging, but it is waiting. Next year it will be filled and the wait will be over!
It's time to be moved beyond pity and into a place of determined compassion. It's time to step out and step up. There is a world out there filled with fatherless children ... and it starts just outside your door. What will YOU do about it? Will you pray? Will you go? Will you love? Will you support someone else who longs to do so? I challenge you: ask God what gift you can give to the Father of All ... how you can be His hands extended this season to one who has no one else to love them.
I don't normally toss this out there, but if you'd like to help us on this adoption journey you can click the paypal donate button on the top right. All money will go directly into our adoption account and be used to help us with our adoption costs.
Please join us for: THE 25 DAYS OF CHRISTMAS