I have been a horrible blogger as of late! In my defense, there hasn't been a whole lot to share! Until yesterday. We received some INCREDIBLE news, and today Dan and I are filled with thanks and praise, and we want to give glory to His name!! I mentioned in October that we applied for an adoption grant. There were several grants we could apply for, but we only applied for one. Dan and I both thought it would be a long shot for us to receive a grant, as there are many applicants, but we thought it would be worth it to apply, and continue to have faith that the Lord would continue provide for this adoption.
Well, yesterday we got a letter in the mail from Show Hope. They send out letters to everyone who applied, whether they received a grant or not. I opened the letter, expecting it to say that we weren't chosen to receive a grant. (O me of little faith!) Well, Praise the Lord, we were chosen to receive a LARGE grant from Show Hope that will cover most of our remaining expenses! We are SOOO blown away with the Lord's provision, and His care for us! He continues to reassure us that He is the author of this adoption, and we are in the Lord's will! He has provided EVERYTHING up to this point, and He has shown Himself strong and deserves all praise!
So I broke down crying when I read the first paragraph of our letter and just started Praising God! I called Dan to tell him the good news, but I think I gave him a heart attack when I was crying while saying "I just went and got the mail..." (Dan's advice was to always preface a call like this with, "It's good news...") He was in awe for quite a while! We are both so thankful for ShowHope and the donors that have donated to ShowHope to make adoption grants possible! We are beyond blessed!!
The words of the song "Great is Thy Faithfulness" popped into my head last night as I was processing all of this. The chorus which goes "All I have needed Thy hand hath provided," is the song on my heart!
In other news, we've had a few adoption situations come up through our networking. We've been scammed and lied to, which is no fun; but we've learned to be cautious with our dealings with people online! We would appreciate prayer, that we would have wisdom when dealing with these situations, and that we'd know when the right situation comes! Also, that we'd be protected from the sick people that try to scam adoptive parents.
We are so thankful for everyone who has prayed for us or passed our prayer requests on! "Behold, the LORD'S hand is not shortened, that it cannot save; neither his ear heavy, that it cannot hear!" Isaiah 59:1 He hears our prayers!
With great thanks,
Dan and Katherine