Last week, as we were frantically gathering items needed to update our home study to pursue Ethiopia, our agency informed us that we still needed to apply with them through the Ethiopia program. We thought the approvals from the concurrent adoption program and our social worker were sufficient -- but we still had one more to go...my goodness! So instead of mailing our home study, I applied for adoption with AWAA's Ethiopia program. (That wore me out just typing about it...)
This morning, by faith, I went ahead and dropped our home study paper work in the mail. And this afternoon, AWAA called us to relay our final 'approval'. Yeah!!
I'd also like to share an excerpt from my Bible-reading this morning...prospective adoptive families, take heart!!
"Do I bring to the moment of birth
and not give delivery?" says the LORD.
"Do I close up the womb
when I bring to delivery?" says your God.
God is promising His beloved Israel that He WILL 'finish what He starts' (this is regarding the work of the church)! Does He conceive, but not deliver???
I believe this promise represents His entire character! Does He invite us to join Him, only to slam the door in our face??? Absolutely not!! Just as He is the author & perfector of our faith...He is the author & perfector of all facets of our lives.