Here’s the email update that Cindi sent out today regarding our adoption and the other families’ court cases that were scheduled for this past Friday, September 15:
Thank you so much to all of you who prayed for the court cases on the 15th. Several people told me that they were praying all day and we don’t doubt that the Lord was listening. He has answered in His own unique way yet again…
Here is the email we received about what happened:
When they went to court this morning, the judge said he was not hearing cases today, so they will reschedule. He had other mattters taking priority over all else in his court today. They are hopeful for another day next week… I will update you when I receive any more information.
We are still confident in the Lord’s goodness as we wait. Judah is turning 9 months old on Wednesday and we are amazed at how much love the Lord has given us for someone who has been alive for such a short amount of time!
In the meantime, the woman who runs ABC is going to try to get our custody papers signed this week. We have to have those to get our last form approved. We only have about 50 more days to turn it in before we get denied so she is going to plead with him to sign the papers for us. Please be in prayer for that.
We are told that we should “likely” be flying over in late October/early November… we just don’t know if we will be flying over there to get a piece of paper (those custody papers if the magistrate won’t sign them) or Judah. Gunner and I obviously would love to be able to bring Judah home then but either way the Lord is faithful and unchanging.
Please feel free to pass this on to anyone and everyone :)
The Lord is good.
cindi (and Gunner)
For some reason, as I post this, I am reminded of two hymns: Jesus, I Am Resting, Resting and Father, I Know That All My Life. The second, by Anna Laetitia Waring, is particularly precious, and it’s certainly applicable in this situation. I think you have to hear it sung to truly appreciate it, but I think it penetrates nonetheless. It’s very biblical and very personal. I’ve always thought that it’s quite profound and perceptive. Maybe that’s because it is, or maybe it just strikes a spiritual nerve with me. Either way, here are five of the verses. If you want to pray something for Cindi and me, please pray this:
Father, I know that all my life
Is portioned out for me,
And the changes that are sure to come,
I do not fear to see;
But I ask Thee for a present mind
Intent on pleasing Thee.
I would not have the restless will
That hurries to and fro,
Seeking for some great thing to do
Or secret thing to know;
I would be treated as a child,
And guided where I go.
So I ask Thee for the daily strength,
To none that ask denied,
And a mind to blend with outward life
While keeping at Thy side;
Content to fill a little space,
If Thou be glorified.
And if some things I do not ask,
In my cup of blessing be,
I would have my spirit filled the more
With grateful love to Thee —
More careful — not to serve Thee much,
But to please Thee perfectly.
In a service which Thy will appoints,
There are no bonds for me,
For my inmost heart is taught “the truth”
That makes Thy children “free;”
And a life of self-renouncing love
Is a life of liberty.