Hey friends!!! Words cannot express how thankful we are for you praying and loving on us while we are in Ethiopia. We must say things are not moving as quickly as we had hoped. What we are learning is to trust God even when things are not as we would choose them. You would think we would have learned this by now but nonetheless we are re-learning it.. I think this is always the case for me :)
Waiting can be so hard. Monday was a hard day for both of us. We realized we both had a little bitterness in our hearts. We truly believed that our case would be final by now and we could take placement with her here in Addis. We believed that God would move mountains and this would happen. It is Wednesday here and we have not taken placement yet. BUT that does not mean that God did not move mountains or that He isn't doing so right now.
We have spent the day in prayer and it is been a wonderful day. Contentment and Gratitude are the two words that I have been meditating on today. Yes, I pray that our case is final soon, that she can stay at the guesthouse with us, and that we will get a quick embassy date. Yes, I pray that by this weekend God will give us direction on what to do about staying.
But today, my prayer is that I would be content. Thanking God for all His gifts.
I am reading Calm My Anxious Heart and this prayer was in the chapter I read today.
Lord Jesus, I offer you: All That I Am All That I Have All That I Do All That I Suffer Now and Forever
I added to that list: All That I Do Not Yet Have
Because this is His story. It has been all along. I offer this story, her life, our lives, to Him once again.
We will make some decisions this weekend about staying or returning home. Either way it is good and part of His plan. Thank you for loving us. As you pray for us...pray for the other families waiting for referrals, court, embassy appointments, etc.
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