Thursday, July 26, 2012

Sermon Audio Clip

I received this audio clip this morning from a friend, and I was really blessed by this sermon and want to share it with you.  It is from a man who is a missionary in Ukraine.  He and his wife recently lost a baby mid-term due to a genetic disorder.  The title of the sermon is called "Patient Faith."  Praise the Lord for His word and for encouragement through life's trials.

Tuesday, July 24, 2012

Home Study Update

So yesterday Dan and I had our home study update.  It was super casual; our social worker basically just asked us questions about what we've been up to the last year.  So we are glad to have that behind us now, and we're still hopeful the right baby will come soon!  In the mean time, we've been doing a lot of house projects!  I am so proud of my husband, he tiled our bathroom floor all by himself, never having done it before and with nobody to help!  (Well, I 'helped' by bringing him things he needed...)  It is really looking nice down there!  I'll post a few 'before' and 'almost after' pictures.  We've also ripped out carpet in the upstairs bedroom, and we're installing laminate flooring in there.  We are also tiling the kitchen floor!  So, needless to say, it has been a great distraction from the wait!

Here are a few pictures of the bathroom before we got at it!  It was a really small room with a door leading to a small, unfinished cement room.  Weird.  We tore down the wall to make it one big room.

I was able to refinish the vanity to save $$ and we replaced the vanity top.  I LOVE how it turned out!
Here are the recent progress pictures.

We still have to grout the tile, trim the window and door, and finish the tub surround, but it looks a lot better so far, no?!  I definitely don't miss the horrible teal walls. Some people's color choices I will never understand.  Well, that's it for now!  Hopefully soon I'll have more before and after pictures.

Wednesday, July 11, 2012


This Sunday at church, the topic of prayer was preached about.  I was definitely convicted that I do not pray as often as God wants us to!  I thought I would post a few of the verses that were an encouragement to me.

Luke 18:1-8
And he spake a parable unto them to this end, that men ought always to pray, and not to faint;
Saying, There was in a city a judge, which feared not God, neither regarded man:
And there was a widow in that city; and she came unto him, saying, Avenge me of mine adversary.
And he would not for a while: but afterward he said within himself, Though I fear not God, nor regard man;
Yet because this widow troubleth me, I will avenge her, lest by her continual coming she weary me. 
And the Lord said, Hear what the unjust judge saith.
And shall not God avenge his own elect, which cry day and night unto him, though he bear long with them?
I tell you that he will avenge them speedily.  Nevertheless when the Son of man cometh, shall he find faith on the earth?

1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing. 

1 John 5:14-15 And this is the confidence that we have in him, that, if we ask any thing according to his will, he heareth us: And if we know that he hear us, whatsoever we ask, we know that we have the petitions that we desired of him.

John 14:13-14 And whatsoever ye shall ask in my name, that will I do, that the Father may be glorified in the Son.  If ye shall ask any thing in my name, I will do it. 

James 1:6-7 But let him ask in faith, nothing wavering.  For he that wavereth is like a wave of the sea driven with the wind and tossed.  For let not that man think that he shall receive any thing of the Lord.

There are a lot more verses on prayer, and I confess that I don't always understand all of them.  But, I do know that God wants us to pray, and not to faint!  To pray in faith, believing you will receive them.  God knows what we are going to pray before we even open our mouths, so why does he want us to pray?  Well, prayer is an act of faith!  I have been convicted by the 1st parable in Matthew.  To always pray, and to faint not, because God will avenge speedily his word says!  To cry out to him day and night! 

So as we continue to cry out to our God for this adoption, we ask that, if you would, join us!  Prayer is a powerful tool we have to come before the creator of this universe, and he HEARS us!!!  Our specific prayer request is that this adoption happens speedily.  For many reasons, having this miracle come to us soon is our hearts desire.  Thank you for those who have been praying for us on our journey, and those who will join with us in making this request known unto God.