Why We Call Our Blog the Miracle of More

The miracle is a beautiful image of Ephesians 3:20--more than I can ask or imagine. Every day is a miracle. Every moment is a miracle. Specifically for our family, the miracle of more is our family growing in ways I would never have imagined when we first committed to adoption 8 years ago. But, the greatest miracle is the change in ME!

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Monday, November 17, 2008

My Soul Doth Wait

So, I finally heard from Ellie's care coordinator. The doctor wants Ellie to stay in the brace one more month, no weight bearing, until we see him again on Dec. 9th. YUK!

I was reading in a Seeds of Change devotional from Shoahannah's Hope today. I skipped a few pages to read this page, felt drawn to it. I thought I would share it with Sabrina, because she is waiting so long on her Levi, but God knew I needed it today, too.

A family shared with a staff member of Shoahannahs' Hope how their family had been touched by adoption. Unable to have biological children, they sought to adopt from South Korea. They were then told they didn't qualify because the wife had Type I diabetes.

Several years later, they received a call from their adoption agency. The laws for Korean adoptions had changed and a little boy was available for them if they were still interested. Of course, they were, but the story gets better.

Many years later, the mother needed a kidney transplant, but no donor was found. While the adopted son wanted to be tested, the doctor refused to test him, assuming he couldn't not possibly be a match. The son wouldn't let it go, went to donate blood, found out his blood type, and continued until it was found that he was indeed a perfect match for a donor kidney for his mother. His adopted mother spent the remainder of her life telling her son, "Now I will always have part of you with me."

The scripture reference was Psalm 130:5-I wait for the LORD, my soul doth wait, and in his word do I hope.

And, just now, while my students are at recess, I flipped through the Bible I have at school, to find that scripture reference. As I did, I saw once again a picture of Ellie that has been in this Bible for 2 years now. I placed it there almost EXACTLY 2years ago. It's the picture I have first on the blog, the first glimpse I had of her face. I sat with that picture, 2 years ago, as I fasted and prayed through lunch at school, asking God to speak to my heart. "Was this the child He had chosen for our family?" "Could I trust Him that we could manage her disability?" And, even when she was first matched with another family, I didn't take her picture out of my Bible here at school.

I look at it now, and I think, "Wow!" Look what the LORD has done for us. Look how far he has brought us. Look at the miracles in her life. I will wait on the LORD. My soul will wait. He will renew my strength. He has plans for Ellie to give her a bright future, filled with hope.

Thank you for your prayers. We still need prayer and supplication on our behalf!


Kim Kenward said...

I'm sorry that the brace wearing continues for another month. I was so hopeful that the news would be different. Please know that you continue to be in my thoughts and prayers. HUGS!!

Gayle said...


I know this is discouraging, but to find your strength, your comfort in scripture...yeah!! We are trusting God, continuing to pray for Ellie, knowing the Lord knows best for her little body.

Praying with you...

A Momma in Waiting... said...

Thank you for sharing this, I cried when I read it. You have not idea how this ministers to my heart today. I have that devotional and I'm puting it up on my blog for all those who are "waiting"...Oh there are so many. God knows why we are waiting...we need to trust Him...Terry

Lynn said...

Robbie... my husband says that I am always so optimistic (not sure he says it in a nice way :) ) but on a positive note... your doctor is cautious and that is good AND you will have Ellie out in time for Christmas... keep turning to Scripture for comfort... God's word is the PERFECT place to find rest!

Table for Six said...

Robbie, when I read your beautiful post, my heart started immediately thinking of the Beatitudes-
Praying His word blesses you as you go through this time..
love jill

Matthew 5:
Now when he saw the crowds, he went up on a mountainside and sat down. His disciples came to him, 2 and he began to teach them, saying:

3 “Blessed are the poor in spirit,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
4 Blessed are those who mourn,
for they will be comforted.
5 Blessed are the meek,
for they will inherit the earth.
6 Blessed are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness,
for they will be filled.
7 Blessed are the merciful,
for they will be shown mercy.
8 Blessed are the pure in heart,
for they will see God.
9 Blessed are the peacemakers,
for they will be called sons of God.
10 Blessed are those who are persecuted because of righteousness,
for theirs is the kingdom of heaven.
11 “Blessed are you when people insult you, persecute you and falsely say all kinds of evil against you because of me. 12 Rejoice and be glad, because great is your reward in heaven, for in the same way they persecuted the prophets who were before you.

Team Houston said...

Ah, tears...You have written a great post.

I am sorry for another month in the brace and hope it goes by fast.

Your family is blessed to have you as a Mommy!

Have a good rest of the week.

xoxo Michele

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