IN ALL ERNESTNESS


Just call me foolish…

Some have said there is a fine line between faith and foolishness…

What do you think?

  • It would be foolish to believe a 99 yr old woman could conceive and give birth but Sarah did.
  • It would be foolish to believe a slave could rise to 2nd in command and save a nation but Joseph did.
  • It would be foolish to believe a child could defeat a well trained warrior giant but David did.
  • It would be foolish to believe 3 men could be thrown into a furnace and walk away unharmed but “Rack”, “Shack”, and “Benny” did.
  • It would be foolish to believe that a group of slaves could escape Egypt and cross a sea on dry land but the Isrealites led by Moses did.
  • It would be foolish to think a virgin could give birth but Mary did.
  • It would be foolish to think a man could raise the dead but Jesus did (on numerous occasions…including himself).

Shall I go on?

Jeremiah 32:17, “Nothing is too difficult for you (God)”

Mathew 19:26, “with God all things are possible”

Luke 1:37, “For nothing is impossible with God”

Ephesians 3:20, “to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly above all we ask or think”

Maybe I am foolish; but for me, I would rather be foolish for believing too much than not enough!

My God is a big god and I choose to trust Him for big things!

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The Adventures of Adoption…
December 8, 2008, 10:22 pm
Filed under: adoption, family, friends, Haiti, life, love, people, prayer, Uncategorized, whatever | Tags: , , ,

As most of you know we are in the process of adopting a beautiful boy from Haiti. It is amazing how much you can love someone you don’t even really know. He already holds a special place in our hearts.

The thought of him actually being in our home as a part of our family is what drives us and keeps us going. This is our first go at adoption. It is a wonderful experience but also a hard and frustrating one.

Just this past week we got news that Haiti is on the verge of changing their adoption law come January 7, 2009. The law will include the following requirements…

1) the adopting couple must be at least 35 years old…(we’re 32)

2) the adopting couple must not have any biological children…(we have 2)

3) the adopting couple must be married for at least 10 years…(whew, we finally got one…we’ve been married for 12)

This has caused us to kick everything in high gear to try to get everything done and turned in by the 7th of January.

We have been scrambling to get everything we need to get done. We are almost there. We drove up to Bryan about 2 hours away to get our HIV and other tests done (BTW, if you live anywhere close to Bryan, TX Dr. Bacak at Abundant Life Medical Office is by far the best doctor and has the best doctor’s office I have ever been to). We left the doctors office and had to head to downtown Houston to visit HPD to get our official background checks. We went from there to Humble to the DPS office to get a change of address on my license (I couldn’t do it online because I have a CDL). Saturday we spent the day at our church, Ecclesia Houston, at the Taft Street Market where we had a table set up selling T-shirts, Christmas cards, homemade ornaments (made by the kids), and photos Debra took from Haiti. All of our proceeds benifitted our adoption funds. Then we spent all day yesterday transferring all of our documents into Word documents so we can send it to the translator to be translated into Creole. We have a few things left and also need a few dollars to be able to turn in our dosier by the 7th.

Things you can do to help…

1)PRAY! Pray for us that God will continue to act on our behalf and meet our needs according to his riches and glory.

2)Buy a shirt or a picture or make a donation to our donation fund by going to Debra’s site at debraparker.typepad.com. We still need about $3000 by the 7th to be able to turn in our dosier as well as around $1500 for other fees and stuff shortly after.

3)Tell your friends, families, and acquaintances about our cause so they too can do 1) and 2) above.

4)PRAY! Pray some more.

Thank you all for your love and support during this venture and helping us make this dream a reality! We love and appreciate you all.



Perspective…
March 13, 2008, 9:56 am
Filed under: family, life, love, people, prayer | Tags: , , ,

As I sat down at the desk this morning I reached for my blue notebook, my journal, and I slowly opened it before me. I reached for a pen and with a sincere heart and intent I began to write. It was just me, God, and my journal. My thoughts, my fears, my requests…I began to share them with God through written word. As I wrote I poured out my heart to Him. Our present situation (which is less than ideal), our future, our needs…all being presented to my Daddy God. It’s kind of like a little kid who’s having a hard time and crawls up in the comfort of his daddy’s lap and begins tell him all about it. That’s how I pictured myself this morning. I was asking Him for help and guidance. Then I paused for a second and a thought entered my mind. There are millions of people who have it so much worse than me…what about them. Now I don’t think this nullifies my needs for God to show up in our situation or the requests I spoke to him about, but it definitely puts them into perspective.

I began to pray for the all of those who have it worse than me. I prayed for those who were hungry and thirsty. I prayed for those who are dying and full of disease due to unclean drinking water. I prayed for the oppressed and for those sold into bondage as a part of human trafficking. I prayed for those in the brothels and those on the streets. I prayed for those living in captivity to various addictions. I prayed for those who are spiritually lost and in need of the Liberating King. So many people, so many needs. Lord I pray for justice and mercy in their lives.

I think we all could use a little bit of perspective at times. When you talk to God, while you’re driving down the road, while you sit in silence, when you begin to worry about your problems, think of others. Think of the “least of these” who have it far worse. Pray for them. Then ask yourself, “What can I do for them?”

“Learn to do good. Seek justice. Help the oppressed. Defend the orphan. Fight for the rights of widows.”
Isaiah 1:17