Glory’s adoption process is so different from Ruthie’s in that things are moving FAST, whereas last year, we were moving at a snail’s pace for each step. We have “seen” Glory and feel like we know her already! Whereas with Ruthie, we had a few photos and didn’t know anything until we met her. You would think that this concurrent adoption would make things easier but for some reason, it’s more daunting in a way.. things are moving and sometimes I feel like I don’t know what’s happening, like I can’t grasp everything that’s happening at one time. This Sunday, I left my worries at the altar and began the week singing a new tune from the message I heard at church – I will rejoice in all circumstances, knowing the BEST secret there is in life.. the SECRET to contentment is that I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me. In need, in plenty.. well fed, or hungry.. in any and every situation, I will learn what it means to be satisfied because of Jesus. [Phil 4:13] Exhale. Woooosah.
Monday morning, we received news that we have received a matching grant for $4,000 towards Glory’s adoption! We completed a very thorough application for a grant through Lifesong for Orphans and they channeled the application to Chosen & Dearly Loved, a ministry that advocates for orphans with special needs.. and we were approved. Hallejuiah!!
Anytime we begin to doubt or worry, God shows us again and again.. Be still and know that I am God. When we look at Ruthie and see the incredible gains she has made in the short 9 months she has been home, we see God’s hand on her life and are amazed. What would her life had been like had we not adopted her? We feel the same for Glory, and for every orphan.. Their lives are not meant to stay in the orphanage. They are meant to be cared for; meant to be in families. And so we press on, with a little skip in our step. Encouraged and uplifted by our awesome Father who is so near, so real, and so on time, even in the midst of our fears. A friend posted the comment, “God amazes time and time again when you step out in faith for the fatherless!!” Amen!!
One thing Ruthie likes to say these days is, “Calm down.” It’s kind of funny but we remind her not to say it because it doesn’t sound nice, lol. I am also reminded of the story of the disciples in the boat with Jesus when the storm came, how frightened they were.. “The disciples went and woke him, saying, “Lord, save us! We’re going to drown!” He replied, “You of little faith, why are you so afraid?” Then he got up and rebuked the winds and the waves, and it was completely calm.” [Matthew 8:25,26] May we always remember that Jesus is in the boat with us. Through trials and storms, through the chaos and the calm, He alone is Sovereign. And we can trust in Him. We just need to calm down. ;)
If you’d like to help us reach our matching grant, go to www.lifesongfororphans.org/give/donate. Our Family Account Number is “5327” and Family Name – “Hoang”. Thank you & God bless!!