Monday, September 1, 2008

Blessed are those who have not seen and yet have believed. John 20:19

How important it is for God to keep us focused on things that are unseen, for we are so easily snared by the things we can see! If Peter was ever going to walk on the water, he had to walk but if he was going to swim to Jesus, he had to swim. He could not do both. If a bird is going to fly, it must stay away from the fences and trees, trusting the buoyancy of its wings. And if its tries to stay within easy reach of the ground, it will never fly very well.

God had to bring Abraham to the end of his own strength and let him see that with his own body he could do nothing. . .He looked away from himself and trusted only God, he became "fully persuaded that God had power to do what he had promised" (Rom 4:21)

This is what God is teaching us, and He has to keep results that are encouraging away from us until we learn to trust Him without them. Then He loves to make His Word as real to us in actuality as it is in our faith. A.B. Simpson

taken from Streams in the Desert

I know I haven't written much lately about our adoption and the truth is there is not much to write. Our profiles are out and we are simply waiting. . . waiting on the unknown and unseen . . . waiting on the call that will change our lives. . . waiting and believing with great anticipation for the baby that is meant to be ours. . . waiting on God. And in that waiting God is teaching us, I'm so thankful for His teaching. Here is what He taught me yesterday out of a devotional I'm reading. (Thanks for the recommendation Laura:).


Laura said...

Amazing how much strength comes from that devotional book isn't it!?!?! The waiting is so hard. But know that God is working on your behalf right now! I can't wait to see what He has in store for your family!

Mama Misty said...

Yahoo!! So great to see you are truly resting in God's hands. I know the process is emotional to say the least...but it is so great to see you continue to grow in the Lord and his goodness!!

Valerie said...

Laura and Misty,

Thanks for the encouragement!

Larissa said...

Waiting on God can be so difficult...I hope this verse encourages you: "The Lord longs to be gracious to you...blessed are all who wait for him!" - Isaiah 30:18