Wednesday, June 4, 2014

Faith's Feet

...have been making me {and her} smile all afternoon!

These documents, including this little girl's passport and visa, just arrived, and this really makes me smile! (They were actually supposed to be in my hands yesterday, but there was a delay at the Embassy. Thankfully, I have them now, just in time for our early morning flight!)

Other than a quick visit to the park and one last trip to the store, we spent most of the day {our last day here in Bulgaria} in our hotel room. The rain and wind that has been in the weather forecast for every single day this week finally came today. We were actually at the park when it started sprinkling, and Faith Ana loved it! It was such a fun surprise to see her sweet reaction. Sheer delight!

But when the sprinkles turned into a downpour, we sprinted back to our hotel. We spent the rest of the day packing up our things and painting our nails! It was a happy, happy day!

Tonight, I have my newest daughter sleeping soundly by my side. It took her longer than usual to fall asleep. She kept looking at her fingernails, smiling. 

Just a few minutes ago, I saw my other little ones, via FaceTime. Seeing their smiling faces, hearing their sweet voices, and trusting we will all be together soon...

I'm having a hard time putting words to how I feel. The Lord has been so very good to me, and my heart is overwhelmed with His faithfulness. He has seen us through these long two weeks and provided for us in more ways than I can even begin to count. I am so incredibly blessed!

As I was looking at Faith Ana's tiny feet today, I kept thinking about the irony of the name of this blog. It has been almost three years to the day since we saw S's picture and committed to adopt her, and that's when we decided to start a blog to share about our adoption journey and our fundraising efforts. I stumbled across this particular quote by my favorite theologian, Charles Haddon Spurgeon, and I knew that it would make just the right name for our blog. Since that time, our family has gone from four little boys, to welcoming a sweet little girl, Evie, into our family. Two months later, we brought S home. Another little boy a year later, Haddon, and then never in my wildest dreams would I have imagined that we would be bringing home yet another little girl, named Faith, with feet as precious as these. 

It almost takes my breath away how our lives have changed!

I have a few more things that the Lord has put on my heart to share about my faith {and my Faith}, and I hope to have a little bit of time tomorrow when we are flying over the ocean to write just a little bit more! I love writing, and it has been so therapeutic for me, especially these past two weeks here in Bulgaria. I'm so grateful that the Lord provided me with this opportunity and gave me some quiet and peaceful moments each day to reflect and ponder all that He has done and is continuing to do in our family and in my heart.

This time here in Bulgaria really has been, in many ways, such a gift for me, and I count it an honor that you have followed along on our journey. Thank you for being prayer warriors for our family and for the many ways you have offered support and encouragement over these past few years. I do hope to continue blogging when we get home; although, we all know that my time for writing {and sitting still} will be a little more limited as we adjust and learn how to become a family of ten [<<<deep breath>>>]!!! I have no idea what the Lord has in store for our family, but until He directs otherwise, this momma of eight will continue to tell you about His faithfulness! Because that's about the only thing I am sure of as we go forward - that He will continue to be faithful! Is there really anything more I need to know?

In seasons of severe trial, the Christian has nothing on earth that he can trust to, and is therefore compelled to cast himself on his God alone. When his vessel is on its beam-ends, and no human deliverance can avail, he must simply and entirely trust himself to the providence and care of God. Happy storm that wrecks a man on such a rock as this! O blessed hurricane that drives the soul to God and God alone! There is no getting at God sometimes because the multitude of our friends; but when a man is so poor, so friendless, so helpless that he has nowhere else to turn, he flies into his Father's arms, and is blessedly clasped therein! When he is burdened with troubles so pressing and so peculiar, that he cannot tell them to any but his God, he may be thankful for them; for he will learn more of his Lord than at any other time. Oh, tempest-tossed believer, it is a happy trouble that drives thee to thy Father! Now that thou hast only thy God to trust to, see that thou puttest thy full confidence in Him. Dishonour not thy Lord and Master by unworthy doubts and fears; but be strong in faith, giving glory to God.

Show the world that thy God is worth ten thousand worlds to thee. Show rich men how rich thou art in thy poverty when the Lord God is thy helper. Show the strong man how strong thou art in thy weakness when underneath thee are the everlasting arms.

Now is the time for feats of faith and valiant exploits.

Be strong and very courageous, and the Lord thy God shall certainly, as surely as He built the heavens and the earth, glorify Himself in thy weakness, and magnify His might in the midst of thy distress. The grandeur of the arch of heaven would be spoiled if the sky were supported by a single visible column, and your faith would lose its glory if it rested on anything discernible by the carnal eye. May the Holy Spirit give you to rest in Jesus...

Resting here tonight one last time! I have my alarm set for 4:15 a.m., but I'm not sure I'll be able to fall asleep either! I can't stop smiling!

It is bound to be a long day tomorrow, but I know He will be by my side! Will you keep us in your prayers?


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