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The things I’ve wanted to say… (Part 2)

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By now you’ve probably seen the mighty hand of God at work my life. Just a few months ago, Jordan and I exited our “desert season” and are now enjoying the shade of The Lord’s love and mercy. Lately we have been walking in a constant awareness of Him. We feel His movements and can hear His whispers. 

Part 1 of this entry was about the little miracle that God breathed into our lives- STILL PRAISING HIM!- but this post is about a curve ball we most certainly did NOT see coming.

Before I go on, I must say that this hasn’t deterred us from enjoying the presence of God.

I think sometimes we get caught up in the red and yellow lights that The Lord issues -instead of- being THANKFUL that we even heard from God in the first place...

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A quick update.

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 I know it’s been awhile since I’ve posted anything… so sorry!

The move to South Florida has gone well, though I must admit that I am WAAAY behind in my usual progress. Between having my parents in town through 4th of July weekend, my brother until the 22nd, a wedding in Iowa… AND another 4 day trip next week, let’s just say that I’m having to learn to be comfortable with messiness…. yuck.

We feel so at home in our church, which is such a precious gift when fighting the homesick blues…. and rain showers from tropical storm Chantal have yet to distract us from frequent trips to the beach.

We are so blessed.

Adoption progress: Although I know where my packet of papers are to send in, we probably are going to hold off until the dust settles a little bit more...

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“For in You the orphan finds mercy.” Hosea 14:3b

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If you’re at all like me, you know that the concept of orphanhood is heartbreaking… but you don’t really want, or maybe even know how, to approach the subject. To wrestle through the facts is to place yourself in a position of response. For me, it was pretty scary to go down that road because I knew that God could potentially ask me to do something about the information I had just accessed.

And He did.

But the crazy thing is that all those scary details have now become the most exciting part of my life. It is hard to hold back… I WANT to get my hands dirty- to sacrifice for the burdens God has placed on my heart...

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The danger of making YOUR will… “His.”

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How many times have you been faced with a decision, you know… the REALLY HARD kind, and you find yourself desperate for answers? We have all been there- you flip open your Bible, fan the pages, and put your finger down for a verse that validates the notion you already have set in your heart (I HOPE YOU DON’T STILL DO THAT!). Or maybe you go around and, despite being warned by friend after friend, you keep searching until someone backs up the desires you want affirmed. We all know this is dangerous, and yet it is still done. What does this do to our God?

There are certain truths that the Lord has established:

1. God demands holiness
2. There is a definite sowing & reaping process that the Lord has put into motion

Each of us can only go about our own way until God stops us and demands right...

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Am I showing? (The answer is on my face, not my belly.)

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I can’t believe this day is finally here!

Can I be honest with you? The last 2 years have been really, really hard for me. While I did make some very special friendships during my stay in Texas (seriously… ones that SAVED my sanity and are lifelong!), overall my time there was definitely the hardest of my life. For those who know me well, it’s no shocker to hear that I’m no good at transitions… but this time it was different. I was a newlywed trying to adjust to this “everything is bigger and better in Texas” mentality, but in my opinion my surroundings were, at best, ho-hum. There was a general sense of pride that wasn’t merited, and my expectations were quickly shattered. Sure, I knew that I had been spoiled by growing up in the middle of mountains, with natural streams of water eve...

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