Thursday, June 23, 2011

In Him we live.....

Anyone who has lived hardly any time on this earth knows that life is full of unexpected twists and turns. We certainly have experienced many unexpected circumstances throughout both of our adoption journeys. Looking back we can see God's hand at work fitting each piece of the puzzle together in His own timing and in His perfect will.

A couple of weeks ago, we found out that Zack had been 'let go' from his current position due to the economy and a change of direction in his company. It was a bit of a shock, and threw a curve into our life and the plans that we had in the works. Though I am currently seeking to return to the workforce as both of our boys will be going to school in the fall (can't believe that!!), when Zack lost his job, we were left with neither of us bringing home an income, which is a tad bit scary!!! Thankfully, and almost as if to show us tangible evidence (as if we needed that) of how God provides for us when we seek to obey Him, because of the adoption tax credit that we were able to claim for both of our adoptions, we have been blessed to have an emergency fund that will sustain us while we seek employment. In the midst of searching for jobs, we have all enjoyed Zack being home and have had some great family time. We just hope he doesn't stay at home too long :)

We have seen God provide for us time and time again, and we do know he will continue to do so, in this situation just like all the others. I admit, it is a little overwhelming at times, but we keep reminding ourselves that God, more than anyone else, wants good for us, and knows what is best for us. As one friend told me, "When you really trust God, you really don't have to worry." And it is as simple as that, the key is, we just have to truly trust Him, and our earthly minds and hearts often struggle with this, at least I know I do at times.

I don't think it is just a coincidence that I have been reading the book Radical the last few months, (which if you haven't read, you really need will turn your world upside down) and that in my Bible reading I have been in Matthew, where God has definitely been challenging my view of "my life" and what it means to take up my cross and truly follow Jesus, with every part of my life. My prayer is that Zack and I keep our hands and hearts open to God, continually acknowledging that He and He alone is the giver and provider of EVERYTHING we have. It truly all belongs to Him. So what do we have to worry about, or long for? It is all His anyway :)

It is going to be exciting to see what God has in store for our family. Prayerfully we will know His plan sooner than later, but whenever, wherever, and whatever God has for us, by His grace and strength, we will make it.

Acts 17:24-28
"The God who made the world and everything in it is the Lord of heaven and earth and does not live in temples built by hands. And he is not served by human hands, as if he needed anything, because he himself gives all men life and breath and everything else. From one man he made every nation of men, that they should inhabit the whole earth; and he determined the times set for them and the exact places where they should live. God did this so that men would seek him and perhaps reach out for him and find him, though he is not far from each one of us. 'For in him we live and move and have our being.'

To switch gears.......weeball and tball season is over, and both boys had such a great time. They still can't understand why they don't have any more games until next season. Noah's team got second place in the tball league tournament- I had no idea I could get so excited over a tball tournament, but yes, I was the parent that was jumping out of her chair screaming (only encouraging words, of course) and clapping. My heart was really racing and I actually felt nervous. Over tball. I know, I need to get a grip. So enjoy a few pictures of the season. We really enjoyed watching our boys and seeing them grow into players and teammates. We are very proud of both of them.