Yes, we need a special cake
decorated with swirls and twirls
representing my joyous feelings.
It’s time to celebrate Noelle and Jenny’s adoption
and my heart wanders back to those two special
red letter days
when God placed them in my life.
Adoption had not been in my thoughts.
No, my life was filled with teaching and writing
and playing the piano and organ.
I patiently waited for God’s time
for a family.
my life completely changed
and my feet were placed on the path to adopt.
Even then I didn’t dare even hope
that I would ever have a child of my own.
But God’s ways are not our ways.
His purposes are good.
When I stepped out of the orphanage inRussia
in 1993 holding the most precious little baby girl
I looked up at the night sky.
Stars were twinkling
gentle snow was falling
and it was clearly the night the angels sang.
My heart bowed before my Lord
seeking His wisdom.
It’s so hard to be a parent;
such a holy calling.
I knew I desperately needed Him.
Life was filled with sunshine as I mothered
my petite brown eyed darling.
Oh, the fun we had and still have.
Then a few years later
The Lord moved again
leading me back to the land where Noelle had been born.
There He placed within my care little Jenny
born weighing 1 ½ pounds
a survivor with a strong spirit.
Dimples and sweetness but so shy at first.
Needing to learn to trust
and that she was loved.
Life picked up its pace as I juggled mothering two
but I couldn’t be happier.
Day after day the Lord provided for us.
Day after day He fathered my precious girls.
He still does.
Sometimes when we sit down at our oval table
and I glance at the seat at the end
which we always refer to as Jesus’ place
my eyes fill with tears.
Never in a million years could I have imagined
myself as a single parent.
but His plans are so much greater than ours.
His Ways so much higher
Again and again His Whispers to me
Step out into the waters and trust Me, He urges.
So I keep inching out.
Deeper and deeper I long to wade.
How about you?
Are you trusting Him for the ‘more than you can ask or think of’?
Is there maybe something that He wants you to do
that you find yourself pulling back and saying
Lean on Me, He lovingly says.
Let’s do it together.