Friday, December 02, 2016

Loving Lottie

Have you ever waited and waited for something so long and with such anticipation that you're preparing your heart and even your surroundings just so the waiting would answer soon?! 
Today I read that the word Advent comes from the Latin word "Adventus" which means "coming" and I just knew this exciting news was coming soon...so I painted 2 rocking chairs pink. One for Moriah and one for a little girl we've never met but already love. Then the phone rang. 
She's coming. Might be May or June but she's coming. #LovingLottieSomeday I can tell her that this rocking chair was painted when I found out she was coming home. Now, I can't wait to show you a picture of her in it. 
What a perfect time to celebrate a child that brings us hope for an eternal home with Him!  #Jesus


Saturday, November 05, 2016

Sewing and Bacon

Psalm 117 is the shortest of the psalms, with only 2 verses, but what power is packed into them!  

Praising God for His many blessings transforms our hearts from the culture's narrow view of discouraging worldly valleys and sets our eyes on the mountains of goodness God has placed in our lives.  He is faithful.

God has been reminding me to focus on Him, when our nation only seems to distract with dreadful news, fear of the future and lacking leadership.  He is all we need.  

This morning, Moriah proclaimed her praises by counting her blessings.  "My 2 favorite things in this world are sewing and bacon!"  Praise God for the blessings!

Laudate Dominum - Praise God!  Hallelujah!

Monday, October 10, 2016

12 Lies to Prepare for When Adopting

Anytime you're praying about something God may be calling you to do, the enemy will throw his lies in your head to keep you from God's will.  Trust me.  If it doesn't happen before the home study, you will definitely be tested during it.

Here are some of the lies to prepare for:

You can't even be a good parent to your biological children, how can you be a good parent to an adopted one?

It's too expensive.

You are not organized enough for all the paperwork.

You're too old.

You're not physically fit enough to run after another child!

You're not mentally stable enough to handle the instabilities of a formerly institutionalized child.

You're not spiritually strong enough to deal with the struggles of adopting.

There are plenty of other Christians that can take care of the orphans.

You already have too much on your plate to start that long road.

Life will never look the same.

What if my adopted child doesn't love me?

What if I don't love my adopted child?

Therefore put on every piece of God's armor so you will be able to resist the enemy in the time of evil.  Then after the battle you will still be standing firm. Ephesians 6:13

My husband once said in a sermon, "If you listen to the 'what ifs' of the enemy, you'll never be ready for the 'what could be's God promises in His Word."

Pray in the Spirit at all times and on every occasion.  Stay alert and be persistent in your prayers for all believers everywhere.  Ephesians 6:18

My friend, Lauren, who adopted from Uganda earlier this year, says "In our journey, I had days where I scheduled time to be alone and just literally lay on my face before Him crying out.  It was good for my relationship with the Lord and for building my faith.  A lot of times it started with 'I know you're bigger than this and you will provide, but help my unbelief.'"

Not everyone is called to adopt, but I believe every Christ-follower is called to do something based on James 1:27.  If you are praying about adopting, don't be afraid to ask for prayer.  Find others who've walked this road and are still standing firm after the battle.  Read every book you can find, but especially equip your thought life with God's only offensive weapon, His Word, and be ready to use it!

Friday, October 07, 2016

Waiting

We feel like it's getting closer but we're still waiting to hear from our agency that they've received the file on the little girl we met July 4. What's amazing is that God allowed Moriah and I to go and see her and 7 other orphans from China and stirred our hearts to pray for them, no matter who God ends up matching us with in the end. It's a great lesson for our family in "Father knows best". We trust God's plan 100%. We pray for her daily by her chinese name, and we also pray for our Lottie, because we know that while she could be the same person, she could also be another precious one...waiting. 
Will you pray today for this area in China, for the little girls we met in Alabama in July and also for whoever God has planned for us?
We also pray today for our southeast coast and all affected by the hurricane. We serve a faithful God, creator of the earth and ruler over our storms.

Monday, September 26, 2016

Adoption Update

Our home study should be finalized soon, which is the first big step in the process.  Our caseworker was so sweet and made us feel at ease.  She asked questions individually, as a couple and as a family before looking through our home.  She also called Luke since he's living on campus now at swbts.  At this point, I'm filling out many applications for adoption grants.  Just like scholarships, though we may apply for many, we may only actually get a few.  Everyone knows adoption is expensive and while we know God will provide every penny, we'd love for you to be a part of it.

I remember wanting ways for God to use me to take care of orphans as He calls us to do in James 1:27, before I felt called to actually adopt.  Thank you for considering supporting our family in this way.

Here are several ways you can be a part of bringing our baby girl home:

https://www.adopttogether.org/martinparty

Can we donate by check? 
Yes, through AdoptTogether, however donations given by check will be processed and posted once per month.  Checks can be mailed to: 251 W Central Ave. #278 Springboro, OH 45066 

NEW T-shirts only available until October 13:

https://www.bonfirefunds.com/martin-adoption-t-shirts

You'll have these shirts in time for Adoption Sunday, November 13.  They ship directly to you!