Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Perseverance, God's timing & Trust

Because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything. -James 1:3-4

Today in the Daily Bread devotional:

To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven. —Ecclesiastes 3:1

In an effort to face the challenges of life, we often turn to Solomon’s words: “To everything there is a season, a time for every purpose under heaven” (Eccl. 3:1). But we readily admit that we would rather laugh than weep, dance than mourn, and gain than lose (vv.4,6).

Yet we know that as we embrace the lessons and opportunities of every season that comes to us, we find that “God is our refuge and strength” (Ps. 46:1).

Whatever season we’re in, it’s always the season to trust in Him. — David C. McCasland

We're still here...still waiting...still trusting. Kevin emailed our attorney yesterday.

He is planning to make a phone call to her family today. We will most likely find out her intentions after that phone call and this will most likely be their last attempt at making contact with Jessica. Please pray specifically for God's divine timing for the phone call, for clear and honest answers to be communicated so that we can move on from here.

It has been comforting to get my thoughts out on the blog. Thanks for taking the time to read it.

Wow, are we ever blessed with so many who have shown so much love and support through this whole process of waiting!! So many emails, phone calls & hugs have come at just the right time. Thank you all! It has gotten us through the past couple of days and we thank you!

We've been staring at these bags sitting in our bedroom all week. These are the kids bags all ready to go. They keep adding this and that to their bags and according to them, we are going. It will break my heart if these bags don't have a place to go.

Last Friday night was spent at Kevin's parents for a half Christmas. We will have the other half later in Janurary. It was a bittersweet time. Kevin's brother and his wife will be flying out today, stopping in Florida for a few days then flying on to Costa Rica for a three year term in the mission field.

Christmas carols with Grandma and her harp

Caedmon with baby Jeremy

Kaiya and Karis

I will miss their family terribly!!! I love how our relationship has grown and blossomed these past couple of years. Krista is so much more than a sister-in-law to me...she's a very close friend! It's hard to let them go, but we are so excited to see what God has planned for them in Costa Rica.

Caedmon helped Uncle Lyndon tell the Christmas story and did a fabulous job!

The highlight of the evening was the wonderful prayertime we had as a family specifically for Lyndon & Krista and our baby situation....such a great memory.

In the meantime...someone very special in this house is turning 5 today! We're making some last minute birthday plans to make it a special day for him.

Happy New Year!!


heather said...

Oh Sherri, Seeing the bags packed tug at my heart so bad. I knew they were...just seeing them is so hard. I'm praying for you dear, sweet friend. I'm praying for a miracle.

Happy Birthday Caedmon. The first sweet miracle of your family. I remember I was pregnant with William at the time you went to the hospital for Caedmon. I was so worried when you called that we would've picked the same boy name. :) And that when our boy was born in April I would have to come up with a different name. Caedmon was such a beautiful sweet baby. It was so exciting to come and see him right after he was born.

Love you guys.

Cottonista said...

It is hard to look at those bags, even over the internet, I agree! We are praying, and those close to us are praying too.

Happy Birthday, Caedmon!

Kris said...

me too!

Nicole said...

Happy New Year to you girl!! We sure missed you tonight but Happy Birthday to a good buddy of Dawsons! He was so excited to hear it was Caedmons birthday today! I also read the daily bread today and thought of you! You will continue to be in our prayers girl! We are sending lots of hugs your way!!

Jenn said...

I agree, seeing those bags packed, just brought me to tears. We are praying for you and this whole situation and praying that you'll be holding that sweet baby in your arms soon.

Guatmama said...

Praying with you and trusting with you as you wait. The biggest hugs we could ever send you from this far away.

I opened your post at work yesterday and knew I could not read it without becoming emotional. I am at home, and the emotions are flowing.

Wynette said...

Oh Sherri, how difficult for all of you! It is neat to see your strong faith in the ONE who knows all the answers to your questions~ I'm praying for you too.

krista said...

Sherri, such a hard post. So many emotions. I am glad that you got to pack some bags yesterday to use. What a great way to spend Caedmon's birthday. Can't wait to see the post. You are much more to me as well than just a sister-in-law and I am so thankful for our friendship. I can't wait to continue on this journey with you for your child, however the Lord plans for this to come about. I know it will make sense in the end, and I pray that you will have the strength to sustain in the meantime. You will have your season of enjoying that baby!

cheryl said...

Hey Sherri. I've been out of town and without internet. I'm sorry not to see the exciting news I was looking forward to. I sure don't have any answers or brilliant insight, but I pray that God gives you what you need each day as you walk His path, one step at a time. While we grown closer to Him in wondering and waiting, it's sure not fun.