Sunday, August 13, 2017

gotcha days, grace, & great, great glory

Five years ago, today, we carried S out the doors of her orphanage. In the Lord's perfect sovereignty and through a series of events that literally bring me to my knees in awe and wonder, S's "Gotcha Day" anniversary is also the day we will be carrying her the rest of the way home

Her new home is indeed a special one. Tonight, S will join her momma, her daddy, and lots of brothers and sisters, including one from her very own birth country. There are so many special things about S's new family, but what is the most precious and beautiful thing of all is knowing that this family has had S on their hearts and in their prayers long before our family ever even knew she existed! This takes my breath away. It's a crazy, glorious testament to the merciful and sovereign ways of our Lord.

Today, S begins the next chapter of what has unfolded to be one of the most incredible of stories. While I don't even remotely begin to understand God's mysterious ways, I am grateful beyond words for the privilege of getting to be just a small part of S's story. Being her momma has been one of the greatest mercies of my life. 

There is so much more to this story that I look forward to sharing. It truly is unbelievable and undeniably a story that only the Lord could write. I'm asking Him to give me just the right words as I continue to share the many amazing details in the coming days and, most importantly, for His name to be greatly glorified!!! I am simply a vessel of His mercy.

In the meantime, I want to invite you to pray for S. Because of her attachment and processing issues, I don't anticipate today being a difficult day for her. She loves to ride in the car, see new things, meet new people, and go new places. This is one of the Lord's many sweet mercies to this precious heart, and I am more thankful for this now than ever before. Still, I know these changes will have their challenges for her, and we are praying (and ask you to join us) that the Lord will go before her and make the rough places smooth! 

We are praying for her new family as well, for the Lord to pour out His grace and His peace on them today and to prepare them for the all the adjustments they will experience in the days ahead. We are praying for traveling mercies for all on this most very special Gotcha Day.

We would also ask you to pray for the rest of our family here. There are no words to describe how difficult this day is. While we are fully assured and trusting that this is the Lord's doing, nevertheless, it is a very hard thing. There are many tears and emotions as we finish this part of our journey. There is great joy in knowing that we have followed the Lord in obedience and have experienced the beautiful blessing of being part of S's journey home, yet there is also deep sadness, grieving, and wrestling over the many mistakes and messes along the way. Laughter and weeping intermingle as we find ourselves learning to rest in the mercy, the mystery, and the sovereignty of our great God.

Just as we carried her out of those orphanage doors five years ago, I will always carry this precious daughter in my heart. Though we have had many difficult days, I would not trade the years we have had with S for anything! The Lord has used S's life to transform mine, and I am thankful beyond words for the gift of being her momma and the sheer privilege of being the first one to tell this little girl that Jesus loves her.

Of the many, many mercies I am thanking the Lord for, I am especially thankful that S is healthy, strong, and happy. Despite all the painful things we have walked through this summer, including Faith Ana's death and a miscarriage, the Lord has been so faithful. He has worked a miracle in S's little life. She has been delivered from an extremely dark and troubling season, and during these past few months, she has been doing so, so well. The Lord has, most assuredly, already been at work preparing her heart for this transition. I truly believe with all my heart that she is going to thrive in her new home. 

It's time to fly, little one! Spread those wings and soar! 

Your Heavenly Father has always had His good and strong hands on your precious life. So, today, as we open up our hands, entrusting yours to another, we know without a shadow of a doubt, His hands have you and always will! 

We love you, S, and, even now, we look ahead with hopeful anticipation to the Greatest Gotcha Day of All Times...

A day when there will be no more tears.

A day when there will be no more goodbyes. 

A day when there will be no more wrestling.

A day when there will be no more confusion. 

A day when there will be no more struggling to find the right words. 

It will be the most glorious day, a homecoming and reunion like none other. 

On that day, we will sing together {you, me, your momma, and everyone of us who have found ourselves by the mercy and grace of God, kneeling at the foot of the cross of Jesus Christ}. Together, we will sing and shout and proclaim:

To God be the glory! Great things He has done!

Thank you, each one of you, for the many ways you have supported us, loved us, and prayed for us during this journey!!! We are eternally grateful!

Now to the God who can do so many awe-inspiring things, things greater than we could ask or imagine through the power at work in us,
Ephesians 3:20

Covered by His mercy,

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