When you don't have enough of something you need - time, energy, money - consider yourself blessed. Why? Because when you need something that you cannot get for yourself, you're more likely to realize what you actually need the most: Me. You learn to depend on Me.
When you don't have enough of something you need...consider yourself blessed... The world tells you that if you depend on anyone, you are weak. But the world has it all wrong. Depending on me doesn't make you weak. It allows Me to make you strong! Because when you feel weak and empty inside, then there is plenty of room for Me to fill you up with My power.
And we remember that adoption is a journey of faith, and that we are called to walk by faith, not by sight. That sometimes the path ahead is dark and we can't see the way. We remember that we are not called to see in advance how it's all going to unfold, we are simply called to walk, keeping our eyes on Him. We remember that He is our Faithful Father, and we trust Him as our Provider. We acknowledge that absolutely nothing can touch our lives that has not been filtered through His loving hands first, and we choose (once again) to believe that what comes as a surprise to us, doesn't surprise Him in the least.
Awareness of your inadequacy is a rich blessing, training you to rely wholeheartedly on Me.
Sarah Young, Jesus Calling
Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials, knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.
And let endurance have its perfect result, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.
But if any of you lacks wisdom, let him ask of God, who gives to all men generously and without reproach, and it will be given to him.
But let him ask in faith without any doubting, for the one who doubts is like the surf of the sea driven and tossed by the wind.
For let not that man expect that he will receive anything from the Lord, being unstable in all his ways.
But let the brother of humble circumstances glory in his high position; and let the rich man glory in his humiliation, because like flowering grass he will pass away. For the sun rises with a scorching wind, and withers the grass; and its flower falls off, and the beauty of its appearance is destroyed; so too the rich man in the midst of his pursuit will fade away.
Blessed is a man who perseveres under trial; for once he has been approved, he will receive the crown of life, which The Lord has promised to those who love Him.
James 1: 2-12
P.S. We went on our first big family adventure with S - a trip to the beach! We had a great time, and she (our sensory child) soaked up every minute she could of the water and the sand! I'm thankful we had these few days of rest and play before this latest blip popped up on our radar. We were able to enjoy our time without being distracted by finances. Such a blessing.
I'm also thankful for the extra set of hands that helped me prepare meals, clean up messes, and, most importantly, take care of this little girlie. She loved the beach too!
I consider myself blessed... so incredibly thankful for each of these little treasures, including the one an ocean away! I hear she likes the water, and I can't wait to introduce her to this special place!