Friday, January 21, 2011

Liberia on my mind............and black outs too...........

We met a man named Eric two years ago when my husband and I traveled to Liberia to spend two weeks with our children, Junior and Diamoh. Eric and his family hope to adopt  a daughter in Liberia as well and getting to know him was a blessing. He has been able to return to Liberia several times to do mission  and humanitarian aide work and he is returning again  TOMORROW!.  Please pray with me for  he and his team who will be doing some construction projects and other work too ?   I  know I mentioned this already. Eric is also going to see our children and take gifts to them...something I am seriously excited about! 
Please pray for Julie, who is home with their other children too? I am pretty used to being on my own on a regular basis, but I don't think that is the case for Julie, who is7 months pregnant with Baby #8.
THANK YOU SO  MUCH ERIC for taking gifts over to our children for us!!
Today was Day #11 for Jael with no blackouts! I don'tknow why they started, I don't know why they have seemed to stop. We will see the neurologist on Wednesday and hopefully she will have some answers or ideas. In the meantime I am so thankful to our Heavenly Father that Jael has remained safe over the past 4 months, even with the random black outs.  He knows the what -for, the whys, He knows it ALL and above all, we are trusting God to keep our focus on responding in ways that are pleasing to Him and appropriate for the  faith He has given us .Compared to some other folks I know who have daily  "crisis situations" I feel  like ours are minimized but NO! How each of us responds in our situations to GOD is really  the focal point.If life is "Easy" and I forget to praise God , I am wrong. If life goes totally haywire and I forget to trust God , I am wrong.There is an old hymn called " I Surrender All" and that cuts to the heart of the matter. Do I, do you, trust God all the time or do we wig out and lean into  our own understanding when the unexpected arises? As  humans it is normal to jump into "self-sufficient  mode"  when something out -of-the-ordinary  pops up. As God's children, He really desires for us to talk to Him first and react accordingly...
 by living out the faith we profess during the "easy days"..  Other situations in my life which shall go undetailed  challenge me every day to make the choice to LEAN or go it on  my own. It is  amazing how quickly I am abel to see the fruit of  what I choose. The times that I press hard into my Lord and choose to react HIS WAY don't always resolve things any more easily  BUT I do not have to add repenting for poorly chosen reactions either. When I do respond in my flesh, often the conflict is prolonged and painful. "Stressing out"  over Jael's health issues won't change them any but that mentality will change me.
I shared a passage in Isaiah with a friend this morning and I want to share it with you as well. It is from
Isaiah 43

1 But now, this is what the LORD says—

he who created you, O Jacob,

he who formed you, O Israel:

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you;

I have summoned you by name; you are mine.

2 When you pass through the waters,

I will be with you;

and when you pass through the rivers,

they will not sweep over you.

When you walk through the fire,

you will not be burned;

the flames will not set you ablaze.

3 For I am the LORD, your God,

the Holy One of Israel, your Savior

How can I  NOT  trust the God  who promises  CHILD  "YOU  ARE  MINE!!!" ?


A. Gillispie said...

Loved this post Linda! You are a great encourager! First, "I surrender all" is my all time favorite hymn. It says it all, to me. If I ever need to check my spirit all I have to do is sing that song and see where my heart is!

Seconding, Isaiah 43. We named Bright Bright Isaiah after these particular verses. They were such a promise of protection in a time when we were focused on him living even more than focused on him being adopted! God is good!

Continuing to pray that the Lord has completely healed Jael and you will never see it again.

Jill - FNA Photography said...

Beautiful post! I love it!
Praising God for day 11!!!

Praying with you for Eric and so excited that your gifts to the children are being delivered today!

Praying for answers as to what "IS" going on with Jael!

I love you!!! Miss you!!!

Megan said...

What precious encouragement! Thank you for the sweet reminder to trust in Jesus. I have been reading and praying over those verses since you wrote them and claiming them for my children, too.

It is so good to depend on Him, in our hardest, weakest, and most wonderful moments.

Thanks, Linda! I feel like I got a hug just reading this!