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promise-keeper

Ten months.

That’s how long we’ve been waiting for a court date since we were matched with our girl.
Ten months ago I didn’t think we’d be here… still waiting. Who would of thought. Oh my heart! Its been LONG. So full of hope and anticipation. Full of disappointment and pain as time passes and silence remains.

The timing has not been at all what I expected, hoped, dreamed, or desired.  As the days and months passed, my prayers went from bring her home soon, to YOUR WILL be done.

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Yet when He called us unto Him, he didn’t promise a pain-free road to instant gratification of our hopes and dreams, stress-free work, or strife-free relationships. Nope. Instead, he foretold of trials of many kinds… WITH the promise of His faithfulness in the unknown, His presence in the darkest hour, His hope when hope seems to be no more, and His completion.

I love the words of scripture in Philippians when Paul writes He who began a good work in you will carry it on to completion. Friends, truth be told, when moments come where I feel like she will never come home… when my arms just ache to feel her… when my ears ring to hear the sound of her voice… and my heart longs her here with us, I literally tell myself these words: “He WILL finish what He started. He will keep His promise.”  To this I hold steadfast.

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[Can I tell you how much I miss her?! I miss her something fierce, folks.]

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These lyrics in the song below, The Lord Our God, has ministered to my heart during these many months of waiting; of missing… missing her, missing moments, missing milestones. Its darn tough.  So, I just love the reminder of God’s goodness and faithfulness in the dry, silent desert. When it feels as those progress has not been made, the Lord is still at work. For He doesn’t stop working, He doesn’t change, and He never fails us. Hallelujah!! He DOES have a purpose for this wait.

Promise maker, promise keeper
You finish what You begin
Our provision through the desert
You see it through ‘til the end
You see it through ‘til the end

The Lord our God is ever faithful
Never changing through the ages
From this darkness
You will lead us
And forever we will say
You’re the Lord our God

In the silence, in the waiting
Still we can know You are good
All Your plans are for Your glory
Yes, we can know You are good
Yes, we can know You are good

We trust You, we trust You