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Wednesday, April 9, 2008

FLESH VS THE LORD



American Idol put me over the edge tonight ... The Annie Lennox Africa piece w/ the 15 year old brother caring for his 3 younger brothers had me crying so hard I almost couldn't catch my breathe ... And the Daughtry piece at the end was so moving ... All those precious faces !!!

My flesh has me packing a bag and hoping on a plane to pick up my babies that are there, but the Lord says it is not my time yet ... He knows Maggie has much healing to do plus her surgeries ... And the Lord gives me peace by showing me all of your wonderful stories ... He is showing me that everyday somewhere some family gets the call that their child is waiting ... So where it may seem helpless, it is anything but that ... IT IS HOPEFUL because the Lord is at the center of my family and I want what He wants when He wants it ...



Update on Maggie : We will be postponing Maggie's surgery till Sept 1st ... My husband has taken a new teaching/coaching position at a new school and the change in insurances has caused us to wait ... She will have a MRI in June where they will measure the whole in her head for the artificial bone ... Please begin to pray about this w/ me ... I am trying to imagine what this will be like and my mind finds it hard to understand what she will endure yet again ... But I do know she is a survivor and this time she will have her mama w/ her every minute !!! THANK YOU LORD.

Just a sweet word to my honey ... Our family would not be where it is today had you not resigned ... You pitched in big time and took care of Jeremiah, Elijah, and Emily while I concentrated on healing Maggie ... You are godly man w/ such an amazing heart for your family ... I can't thank you enough for always putting us first no matter what !!! You are part of the air I breathe and the other 1/2 of my heart ... LOVE YOU FOREVER AND LOVE YOU MORE EACH DAY !!!!

I appreciate all your prayers and encouragement to my SIL ... I am so excited to one day soon go to the airport and see my sweet niece ...

17 kind words.:

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy(Kim & John) said...

I just got done watching American Idol... I cried during most of it also.. It makes me sad... but I know there are families waiting.. If they would just hurry up so we can take our little ones away from the pain...
HUGS to you..
Maggie is going to do well ... she has the best mommy and daddy..
LOVE the pictures ...
The two of you look GREAT..
Have a Great Week...
Can't wait to see Savannah in your arms...
She is going to have the best Auntie and Uncle and Cousins...

mommy24treasures said...

oh Gwen my emotions get the best of me too with shows like that! I want to give them all a home, love them, hold them...

I am so happy for the new job. Thats wonderful news.

Jewels of My Heart said...

Dear Gwen,
I only saw a little of American Idol... but I did see the part with Annie Lennox.... that precious family broke my heart too.... I find myself crying out to the Lord to let the walls come down.... move the mountains.... Please Lord, do what it takes to bless the children. My heart cries out for the children... so much pain, so much suffering....
While you wait for your babies to come home... please know that you are making a difference... first and for most you glorify God with your faith and your walk with Him.
I am certain that someone somewhere reads your blog and you have planted a seed in there heart and the Lord will water it and one day they will bring their child home too.
I am praying for your family... will be praying for sweet Maggie's surgery...
God's Speed to your babies waiting
Love,
Daleea

Kim Kenward said...

Best wishes with your husband's new job. Maggie continues to be in our prayers. Big things are certainly planned for your little sweetheart. You have such a HUGE heart, Gwen.

Continued blessings & peace for your family,
Kim K.

PS. My little Josie is going across the state on Monday for a sedated ultrasound on her heart. We will get her surgery dates at this appointment. She's such a little trooper.

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Leigh Ann said...

You guys look great! Congrats on the new job, Scott!
I am glad we will be home when Maggie has surgery - know that we will help you guys out anyway we can!
Love & Miss you all,
Leigh Ann

Michelle said...

I just love how you reveal your heart in your posts. I didn't see AI, but it sounds like I missed a good show. I will pray for your sweet Maggie. She is in great care - yours and our Heavenly Father's.

KKamholz said...

I'm so sad that I completely forgot about the American Idol show, and caught the last half hour of it; but during the half hour, all I could think of is how I want to go there and do missionary work...that's a LONG way off though; I also couldn't stop thinking of Crystal and Savannah.

Has Maggie learned any words yet? I'm sure she has with three older siblings. She's gonna be fine; how is she doing with her night terrors?

jennifer said...

You are such an encouragement to all of us!!

Laura Nipper said...

We just talked about the flesh verses Gods timing in my bible study last night. Our teacher made reference to the Lord being the vine and we are the branch. In the Lord's time he is the one who creates the fruit. The more we follow his will in our life the more fruit he produces. I totally thought of you. What a wonderful example you are of this.

Steffie B. said...

Beautiful post Gwen....you will know when it's time....God will make it clear! ;)

hugs....see you soon!
S*

Kristi said...

What a great couple and family! We will pray for Maggie and you guys as you prepare for the next step in Maggie's healing......the physical part! She will do well now that she has the love and support of her forever family!

Heather said...

I'm with you on Idol, Gwen - struck such a chord and my heart just about leaped out of my chest when they ended with Shout to the Lord - most of Hollywood and STTL in the same location, Jesus is coming!!

Congratulations to your husband and prayers will be lifted for sweet Maggie and her medical future - you are one amazing momma, it will all come as it should - the Lord will guide your heart.

Still praying for your SIL and Savannah, I check her blog often.

Have a great weekend.
Heather

emily said...

Oh Thelma, you encourage my heart in ways that you do not know. Your ability to believe, to trust, to rest, to press on, do my heart good.

Just know that one day we will be standing on African soil together, big tears of joy streaming down our faces as we thank the Lord for His blessing:)

Melinda said...

I will be praying for your little Maggie. Just think, your kids in Ethiopia are not ready for you yet. You never know what God is doing in our midst when we can't see Him. God's timing is always the best time. I am amazed when I look back at our first adoption and now this one, to see that God's timing is so amazing! I am so impatient, but their is always a reason for the wait.

nikki said...

Sobbed thru those same parts in AI Gives Back...and wanted to reach thru the screen and scoop up some of those little sweeties.

Love your heart, Gwen. Your family is such a blessing! And, yes, you have an AMAZING leader of that family in Scott.

XO

Denise C said...

I didn't watch Idol...but Chelsi did and was totally blown away as well!
I will be praying for sweet Maggie and her pending surgery and for Scott's new job...also for your babies in Ethiopia.

Oh...I listened to your entire radio interview....WOW! You are one amazing person! I am honored and blessed to call you my friend..my sister in Christ! Cannot wait to meet you one day!!!
May your voice be heard to the ends of the earth...and may your calling...your passion... for adoption spread like wildfire so that not one child is an orphan!
Just love your precious heart, my sweet friend!!

Blessings,
Denise

Jenn said...

Gwen, I just found your blog tonight through another friend and am so glad I did!!! I was heartbroken watching American Idol and that family of boys...I wanted to bring them all home!

I remember hearing about your story and so I went through your blog to see how your family has grown. Congrats on your newest member!

I hope that things are going better with Maggie-it is so hard sometimes. I adopted my wonderful daughter from Hong Kong in 2004. She happens to be chromosomally enhanced (Down Syndrome :-), has congenital heart disorders, sensory integration disorder and pretty significant attachment issues.

I'm single and the attachment issues threw me for a loop, but they have improved dramatically. It was literally a year before I could even leave her for a few minutes. The whole journey has completely changed my life and I would never choose anything else. I'm praying that God provides so that I can adopt more kiddos with special needs someday.

Prayers and blessings to you! Jenn