Where do I begin?!! So much has transpired in our hearts and minds in the past few weeks. I want to let you all in on some exciting news AND also take you along for the journey of how we got there…..
The past few years, God has been teaching our family how to listen to His voice. It has been a reoccurring “theme” in our life, and we are so thankful for the many different opportunities He has given us to learn more and practice hearing what He wants to say to us (some great sermons are here and here).
We all have unique “God languages”, or ways God has wired us to experience a deeper intimacy with Him (a great read on this is What’s Your God Language). For example, I hear (for me it has never been audible) from the Lord or experience His presence most often/strongly when I am in nature or caring for others. Our family has been learning what it means to be still, ask God a question, and are learning to pay attention to how the Holy Spirit is nudging or prompting us….sometimes God speaks to us through words, songs, pictures, a reoccurring theme, or even dreams we have had.
Earlier this month we were doing a family prayer night, and God began to speak to us about our adoption and the number of children we were pursuing. We all began to pray more about how we felt God was speaking and leading our family. A lot of wrestling with God happened!! The enemy threw a lot of fears and doubts at me, but God kept reminding me of this verse-
John 10:27 “My sheep listen to my voice; I know them, and they follow me.”
Every time we would go to Him, seeking His face, listening to His heart for our family-He would give us His PEACE and remind us of His promises. He would nudge us to step out in FAITH-to listen to His voice-and to follow Him! He kept reminding us that His ways are always better than our own, that He will equip us to be the parents to however many children He chooses to add to our family, and all we needed to do was TRUST Him and say “yes”.
So, we took the leap of faith and made the call to our agency to share all that God was doing in our hearts. They were excited to hear, and we were thrilled to share how He was moving!! The next step was having our agency approve us on many different levels; which meant more paperwork dissecting our finances and answering pages of questions asking how we would handle different parenting scenarios. We continued to pray, surrender all, and ask that if it was His will, that we would move forward in the approval process.
Well, we got the call this week from Lifeline that we were APPROVED!! Approved to adopt 3 (three!!!) children from Costa Rica.
What does this mean and what happens now? It means, PANI could still match us with 2 children, but they also have the option of matching us with 3 children…whatever is the best match for the children and for our family. We will now begin updating our home study, immigration paperwork, etc.
We are so excited to see what God has in store for our family, and we will continue to hold on tight as He leads our family!
We would love prayer for endurance with more paperwork, for continual trust and joy in His will and way, and for protection over our Ticos as they wait for a forever family.
Much love to you all,
Kari ♥ for the crew