Thursday, May 29, 2014

Taste and See

Faith is not conjuring up, through an act of your will, a sense of certainty that something is going to happen. No, it is recognizing God's promises as an actual fact, believing it is true, rejoicing in the knowledge of that truth, and then simply resting because God said it.

Faith turns a promise into a prophecy. A promise is contingent upon our cooperation, but when we exercise genuine faith in it, it becomes a prophecy. Then we can move ahead with certainty that it will come to pass, because "God...does not lie." (Titus 1:2)

I often hear people praying for more faith, but when I listen carefully to them and get to the essence of their prayer, I realize it is not more faith they are wanting at all. What they are wanting is their faith to be changed to sight.

Faith does not say, "I see this is good for me; therefore God must have sent it." Instead, faith declares, "God sent it; therefore it must be good for me."

Faith, when walking through the dark with God, only asks Him to hold his hand more tightly. ~ Phillips Brooks


Another day is winding down here in Bulgaria! Today was full of lots of eating and lots of walking {and a little bit of jogging; although these sidewalks and park trails make it pretty challenging)! But if you ask me, that makes for one good day!

I think Faith Ana would agree! Other than the times we have to get in the elevator, she is remarkably content and incredibly easy-going. Such a huge mercy!

We've been back to the store several times yesterday and today, and each time she gets more and more comfortable. I think she's actually realizing that it's a good place to go. It's where Momma buys her a toy car, juice, milk, yogurt, bananas, and even ice cream. :)

Today, when we weren't walking, we were most likely eating. Right now, it feels like a painstakingly slow process and reminds me of feeding cereal to one of my babies for the first time. It goes something like this:

A teeny, tiny bite. Spit it out. Try it again. Spit it out again. She actually tastes a little bit and realizes that it kind of tastes good. Opens mouth for more. A little bigger bite this time. This time she quickly opens her mouth and even smiles!

This scenario played out numerous times today. The only difference is that I have to put just a tiny bit of the food on my finger first before she's even willing to try it. But it's working {and so are your prayers!!!}. My little girl is eating!

Today, Faith Ana ate yogurt, applesauce, scrambled eggs, and ice cream! You can tell from the pictures that the ice cream, in particular, was a big hit. She also learned to drink with a straw and finally realized that juice boxes are good! She asked for milk several times and drained her cup faster each time. She also sucked on a graham cracker for a few minutes tonight. Great progress, if you ask me! :)

Right now, she's chilling on the bed watching the very thing on my iPad that she was terrified of two days ago. In fact, she asked for "musica" and I knew exactly what she was talking about!

The weather is supposed to be very stormy the next few days, so I would greatly appreciate your prayers. It will make for extremely long days not getting to go out for our walks, and I will have to work hard to find things to occupy our days here inside the hotel! 

Faith Ana and I saw all the kids today on FaceTime, and they all seemed to be doing well! I miss them so much and can't wait to get back home! The Lord keeps reminding me to take it one day at a time, though, and I'm trusting Him to continue carrying us all through this next week. 


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