Friends hosted an absolutely fabulous shower on Sunday. Tons of friends came by and brought me to tears with their generosity.
|My amazing hostesses and friends.|
|College friends that drove 4.5 and 2.5 hours to come!|
Our families had fun visiting until very late.
|The fam respresents|
|Wouldn't have been the same without my dearest friend.|
|Ken even made a short appearance <3|
|So many friends, old and new. Wish I could post them all |
here, but just check facebook for the album.
Then today, Who God is and what He does blew me away yet again. Just the night before (Monday night), Ken was feeling very burdened by the lack of funds still in our adoption budget, specifically the amount we had for our international flights. Flying 5 people TO, then 7 people home FROM China is not cheap! And with as little as 9 days notice flying in June, we weren't counting on any discounted rates.
Ken went to bed with a huge burden on his heart. He said that if we got travel approval right then, we wouldn't be able to afford the airfare for all 5 of us. It's almost unbearable to consider leaving the kids here in the US, but we had to discuss our options. I told Ken I KNEW God would provide a way. I didn't know how, but I knew He would.
Today (Tuesday), He did!!
I can't list the details here, but let me just say that last night, we went to bed not knowing how we were going to cover our airline tickets. Tonight, we go to bed knowing that our tickets are taken care of! Wow! This happened without us doing anything except praying. It was God working through His faithful people who listened to His voice, then chose to do something selfless and kind. I am amazed and in awe!
Not only did God bless us by filling our need for tickets, but He gave us the desire of our heart through the type of tickets we have. Exactly what we had hoped we could do, but didn't even dream would be possible.
"Delight yourself in the LORD and he will give you the desires of your heart." Ps. 37:4
Sometimes it may appear that God is doing something "disappointing" or even allowing something devastating. I don't want to discount those moments, but it's only our limited vision that can't see the big picture. This is my faith. God is God and I am not. He gives abundantly more than I can ask or imagine.
"For this reason I kneel before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth derives its name. I pray that out of his glorious riches he may strengthen you with power through his Spirit in your inner being, so that Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith. And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord’s holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge—that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen." Ephesians 3, emphasis mine