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Day FOUR

For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named, that according to the riches of his glory he may grant you to be strengthened with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. (Ephesians 3:14-21 ESV)

Far more abundantly than all that we ask or think.

That line has stood out to me this week.

Immeasurably more.

Where do I even start? Honestly, words have escaped me time and time again. In conversation at school, or the coffee shop, over the phone, on facebook. I just stand there, mouth agape. Unable to form coherent verbiage that in any way shape or form MIGHT be able to even scratch the surface of how God has demonstrated His faithful provision for us beyond measure. I can’t explain it. I can’t even sort out how I feel. One moment it’s tears. The next, joy. I do know that my faith was far too small at the beginning of the week. My mustard seed has been exponentially grown into a big, huge bush. I never could have dared hope that this fundraiser would provide so much of the overall need we have to complete this adoption. Our entire agency, homestudy and miscellaneous paperwork costs will be covered to get our entire Dossier to Eastern Europe, and we are now getting into the estimated travel costs we will need once a court date has been scheduled and we will be given travel dates after the first of the year. Matt and I have gone back and forth over bringing the girls with us for the first 20-day long required trip, or leaving them here. We have been leaning towards leaving them here. Simply because plane tickets and lodging x6 is a whole lot more than x3. We were making those judgments based on our own understanding of resources. The cost was more than we were willing to ask for, so we shrank back out of fear,hesitation, and pessimism of not wanting to be asking for too much. Araiya has been brainstorming ways she can throw her own skiing fundraiser to pay for her own round trip ticket. Bless her heart. We asked for what we thought was possible, and it was not even close to what God has proven is possible.

Honestly, I don’t know how He has turned our request for $1, or $10, or sharing a video or a link, into THOUSANDS upon THOUSANDS of dollars. I am pretty sure I shouldn’t be that surprised. After all, he turned a little boys lunch into provision for thousands upon thousands of people, with leftovers. But I am humbled beyond comprehension. I am experiencing God in ways I never thought I personally would tangibly experience. I am seeing people on Facebook and blogs and in emails and phone conversations praising His holy name and the miraculous work He is performing right here, right now. It’s amazing. And makes me feel so small and undeserving.

There is no way to thank everyone enough. Heck, we don’t even know who everyone is. We can see what you all see- the fund total going up and up and up. We DON’T see WHO is contributing, HOW MUCH they are contributing, or ANY details of funds being given. NADA. And you continue to give and share. We leave, do life, and at some point we look, expecting a few dollars more in the fund. But, every single time, I am blown away. Because instead of a few dollars more, there is somehow a few hundreds or thousands more. I can’t believe it. I’ve had to ask that there isn’t a typo or misplaced decimal point or something. I know I am not the only one in shock about this, right?

We are just continuing in learning how to trust Him more and receive and put more faith and hope in the confirmation He indeed is calling us to bring Ana home as quickly as we possibly can. His hand is all over this. We are now praying that we can raise $15,000 by the end of our week as a Featured Family.

So today, Day 4 of our Give1, Save1 Fundraising Campaign, Ana’s FIG Fund has reached a total of a whopping:

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