Sunday, November 16, 2008

Answered Prayers

I want to tell you a story. It's a love story between God and us. Do you believe that He is always watching, loving, and answering our prayers? I believe that He is always there, and often speaking to us, but we're so busy with our every day life to notice.

Well, we have been going through the motions towards being licensed for foster care, all the while doing it with the understanding that we want to be sure we are in God's will. This was not our idea, that's for sure! But still, we continued on asking for a lot of prayer regarding the situation, and asking for a clear message.

The other night I was at the church for Intercessory Prayer. We have it every Wednesday night, and it is an hour long, basically the church is open for people to come pray. The Daughters of the King sign up to make sure we have at least one daughter there every week. This particular week was mine. So, I started out praying for the church, the clergy, the building, the ministries, etc... Then I started in on mine. I started praying asking for God to give me a clear sign that foster care was what He wanted. I also asked how we were going to afford all of the details required to get licensed. I asked if this was a sign from him (the huge expense I mean) that this was not what He wanted us to do after all.

Well, if you know me, you know that sitting quietly is not my thing LOL :) So, I sat there for a moment, and then thought, well, I'll start praying out of the prayer book. I opened it up, and it opened up to the "Prayer for Thanksgiving of an Adopted Child"!!

O God, you have taught us through your blessed Son that whoever receives a little child in the name of Christ receives Christ himself: We give you thanks for the blessing that you have bestowed upon this family in giving them a child. Confirm their joy by a lively sense of your presence with them, and give them calm strength and patient wisdom as they seek to bring this child to love all that is true and noble, just and pure, lovable and gracious, excellent and admirable, following the example of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Amen

Well, no more questions, only trust remain. So, here we go- full speed ahead! :)