Vs. 8 "We are hard pressed on every side, but not crushed, perplexed, but not in despair, persecuted, but not abounded, struck down, but not destroyed."
At this point we feel hard pressed. We miss our home, our dogs, our friends, and our community. But we are not crushed or in despair. We have been blessed to make new friends in this country, enjoy time bonding with our girl, and finding the Lord's provision in small ways. Tonight we get to have dinner with another couple from the States, hooray for English!
Vs. 17-18 "For our light and momentary troubles are achieving for us an eternal glory that far outweighs them all. So we fix our eyes not on what is seen, but what is unseen. For what is seen is temporary, but what is unseen is eternal."
Part of the reason that we chose adoption to start our family was because we felt that was where God was calling us. There have been lots of light and momentary troubles, but we know that the reward of following His call outweighs them all.
Choosing a child off a waiting list, and then deciding to call that child your own is a hard choice. You have to trust in the unseen. We knew our girl had some 'seen' special needs, but we believed that her 'unseen' potential was greater. After meeting so many others on this journey I know this to be true for all parents going through the adoption of waiting children. These children have been rejected because on the outside they seem unmanageable, but God gives the right people the wisdom to see the unseen potential that each child has. We do not know what the future holds for our daughter, but we believe that God is faithful to help us raise her to love Him, and reach that unseen potential. We feel blessed that we get to be her parents.