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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Tuesday, November 29, 2011

More Than I Ever Could Have Imagined

(For all of you Memorial Box readers out there: this was not a memorial box post when I wrote it; however, the letter telling of the miracle is already housed in our memorial box, and I wanted to share this awesome story with you!)

Most you who are reading this already know much about our story. You have prayed us through some difficult days and rejoiced with us as God poured out His blessings.

And, if you know me, you know well that one of my favorite verses is Ephesians 3:20...Now to him that is able to do axceeding abundantly more above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. v. 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all the ages, world without end.

God has once again given us an Ephesians 3:20 moment, above all that we asked or even could think.

If you don't know the story of God's leading to TWO sons in China, please click on the Little Emperor's Tab or here and then click on the link to Zeke's Story here. Please do that before you read on, because you need to know the WHOLE story to really grasp all that God has done.

We've been fundraising now for a YEAR, with over $12,000 raised and a $3,000 grant, so we had $15,000 of the estimated $37,500 over agency told us to expect for TWO adoption. The fundraising had slowed down tremendously. We had suffered through many trials in the last few months, broken appliances, Navy son departing to sea, a life-threatening illness of a family member.

Our faith was wavering.

I truly began to feel like Job. I praised the LORD in the storm, but some days it was oh so hard. I admit a few days I just spent crying, never turning my back on God, but begging Him to show me why the battle was raging so fiercely.

Then, last week, God showed Himself Faithful. Not because He has to. He would still be a Faithful God, had he not shown up. But, He showed Himself faithful to Ephesians 3:20.

We received a grant from Show Hope......and in the same day....we received an anonymous donation to our adoption agency. This donation was for $25,000!!!!! I thought someone added an extra 0 to the amount, so I called to be sure. Oh, me of little faith!

Our adoption is now PAID in FULL!!!

v. 21 Unto him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus throughout all the ages, world without end.

(We will continue to sell Uganda bead necklaces to ensure we have enough funds for any unexpected expenses. We also hope to be able to take Josie-Tatum and Ellie with us to their homeland, with Ellie visiting Drew's foster home, since she was fostered there as well. So, if you need Christmas gifts let me know.)

And, to all of you, for every $5 donation from someone in Australia who prayed God would multiply to those who've bought necklaces, for every prayer and word of encouragement, to my friends who donated larger amounts from the blessings God has given you, and those who have sold almost as many necklaces as I have:

I thank my God upon every remembrance of you. Join me now in the sacrifice of praise!


David and Janet Hurley said...

Only God!!! The same God that sent us 19K anonomously! I have chills and tears!! The Lord pays for those things he orders!!! Celebrating with you!!!--whild I pack=)

From This Moment said...

We serve a Big God!! Only He knows why we are our led and He will supply our needs!! Congratulations! To God, all the glory!!

Karin said...

Wow...that is so amazing!!!! I hope that God exceedingly blesses the family who gave such a huge donation. :))) And if they read your blog, I want them to know that it blessed my heart just to read this story of God's provision!!

Beckyb said...

Just awesome - love to see God work like that!!

Jamie said...

Oh my gosh, I have CHILLS, that is so amazing! What a blessing!! I can't wait to see you bring your boys HOME!

Anonymous said...

Sighing a satisfied sigh here...dwelling on the lavishness of God's provision and faithfulness. What a great God we serve! Praying for the rest of the details...strength, health, good travels, etc. Looking forward to seeing those boys "in the fold" of your wonderful family.

Anonymous said...

Glory to God!!!! Rejoicing with you! May God richly bless your anonymous donor!!!:

Lynne said...

Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

Joy said...

Your post brought me to tears!!! Praise God, Praise God, Praise God!!! Thank you for living the journey outloud and sharing the testimony. It is encouraging for our family as we are walking in faith that God will provide for our adoption as well!

Many blessings,

Grimes Family said...

Happy Tears... Happy Dance!!!!
Congratulations! Hold on tight, the ride is about to take off!!!

************************* said...

Such a beautiful blog and story. I just found your blog tonight and was thrilled to see you use the verse Ephesians 3:20...Now to him that is able to do axceeding abundantly more above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us. v. 21
This is our theme verse on our blog and it is so wonderful to be reminded of it's truth.
He is Always Faithful!

Susan A said...

Too awesome!!!! :) :) :) Only He can do! :) so glad! :)

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