Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

James 1:27

He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with His pleasure and will— to the praise of his glorious grace, which He has freely given us in the One He loves.

Ephesians 1:5-6

Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the cause of orphans. Fight for the rights of widows.

Isaiah 1:17

Thursday, January 8, 2015

God Has Blessed-The Heart of My Better Half

God Has Blessed

Throughout this adoption process Sara has been carrying the burden of raising the funds to get Abbi. We want her home so badly. This has been especially draining on her as she needs all her time and energy for Nina’s needs and all the other kids needs,schooling, etc. But God knows what we need! He recently provided for us, largely through a blessing in disguise. We were in a car accident and our van was totaled. That doesn't sound like a blessing does it! Thankfully we all came out ok, even Nina who just had brain surgery. We just need some Chiropractic care to get our necks back in shape and get rid of the headaches. So here’s the blessing, the other drivers insurance was very helpful to us, they valued our van at the same price as I bought it for over 4 years ago(I knew I got a good deal on it :). AND we were able to find a full size van to replace it for only $700 more than that! The burden that was lifted here is that we were going to need a bigger van anyway to fit our whole family once we get Abbi, but we weren't going to be able to until after we had her home. Isn't God good!

Another burden that I have been working on is getting us moved on to Sara’s parents property. We feel like now is the time for several reasons. We need more room for the kids, it will put us in walking distance of their house(the Bruzzi’s have been immensely helpful to us and that will help with watching the kids for doctors. appointments, and homeschooling etc.) also our Rent just increased a lot this year. We are putting a manufactured home on their property since it is so much cheaper for the size we need, but I was only going to be able to put 10% down since we are saving for the adoption too. But now with the compensation from the accident we are able to put 20% down which gets us a better interest rate, and is a better plan financially. This is a huge burden lifted and makes me feel much better about pursuing that now. God is Good!

It was hard not to worry after the accident, especially since the other driver didn't think she was at fault and was planning on fighting it. Her insurance told her not to though (since there was a witness, again, thank God) They were more than fair with us. probably to keep the lawyers out of it. :) I’m so glad we didn't have to go that route. God is good!

Another neat thing that has come out of this is that the kids saw first hand that God works all things for good for those that love Him. That is priceless. God is Good!

This combined with others generous giving to us through the holidays puts us within only a couple thousand of what we hope to pay. (counting our future savings and tax return) that is a huge burden lifted! Thank you SO MUCH to all of you who have been used by God to lift some of the weight off our shoulders. Beyond the financial support it provides, it is so encouraging to know that you are behind us and that you love Abbi that much. God is good!

Through all of this, the one burden that we and all of you have been asking God to take away is Nina’s seizures. We were so hopeful that the surgeries would take care of that, but now different seizures are coming back and she is regressing. It is very discouraging, but we have to remember that God’s got this and we have seen that He works all things together for good for those that love Him. He must still have more that He wants to accomplish through this struggle in us or in others. Please pray for God to be glorified through this and that we would be a light to the medical teams as we work to get her better. God is still Good!

One last thing. I want to make sure everyone knows that this blessing is not based on our goodness. I continue to struggle with my sin and shortcomings through all of this and have to ask for His forgiveness. (Sara’s perfect though, :)) I am still amazed that God would use me and bless me in spite of me. He wants to use you too.


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