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Thursday, December 29, 2011

OH IT WILL COME !!!

OK, I am not saying it is related that I posted I was ready to adopt again and then I break my foot ... I am not saying that one day before we had our big fundraiser with POINT OF GRACE to help bring Joseph and Daisy home that Scott's truck blew up in a school parking lot ... I am not saying that the year we brought Maggie home and her medical needs far surpassed what we were prepared for that Scott changed jobs and we lost insurance for over 3 months.  I am not saying that when we got Emily's referral from China that our fridge and dishwasher both broke in the same week (and I am pretty sure that is when a transmission went out on a car also) ... Not to mention the 100s of other mishaps that occurred !!!

I AM NOT SAYING ANY OF THOSE THINGS ARE RELATED, BUT I AM SAYING THAT IF YOU SAY YES TO ADOPTION THEN BE PREPARED TO MAKE SATAN VERY MAD ... He doesn't want a child brought into a loving, godly home with a family that will teach them about faith and the LORD ... He wants them left in loneliness, hopelessness, and especially wants them vulnerable to the evils of the world ... He wants them to feel abandoned and unworthy, so that he can prey on them and draw them away from the HOPE OF THE LORD  ...

I know that SATAN is real, but that HE DOESN'T WIN !!! We have to cling to the fact that HE LOSSES THE GREATEST BATTLE OF ALL ... We have to stomp on him when he brings doubt into our lives ... We have to turn our hearts off to his negativity when he tries to derail us from the PLAN GOD HAS FOR OUR LIVES !!!

So yes - today I have a broke foot and sprained ankle and Daisy has pneumonia ... but that is just life ... It will be hard for a while and I could choose to think "OH HOW COULD I DO ANOTHER CHILD IN A SITUATION LIKE THIS,", but I won't because at this very moment I have sweet Anna Bliss running errands for me w/ the Emily/Maggie, Aunt Retta took Daisy to the doctor yesterday for me while I was getting my x-ray, dear friends are watching and loving on Joseph at Jeremiah's game, Renee is bringing dinner Saturday (AND SG just dropped dinner off for today), and I have more prayers coming this way than I can count ... You see Scott and I never do this alone !!!! So when time comes for us to adopt again, I won't doubt that we can ... I will know God will provide financially, will provide the time, will provide the friends to walk with us, and will carry us all the way !!!  BECAUSE HE IS THAT AWESOME AND THE GREATEST PROVIDER OF ALL ... He is just waiting on willing hearts to follow his plan  ... HERE I AM LORD!


19 kind words.:

the_blissful_mommy said...

Yep. Smacks of an adoption in the Heavens already at work, if ya ask me. xoxox

About This Blog said...

We have just begun the adoption journey. As soon as we publicly announced our decision, our air conditioning went out, our car started going crazy and our washing machine died. A friend told us that that is what we could look forward to during this journey...but that it is totally worth it! We have been utterly blessed already...and we just scheduled our first home study visit! Thanks for the encouragement...I have been stalking since we decided to adopt from Uganda and found the sight for Uganda blogs! Love your heart, thanks!

Treasures Evermore said...

You truly are an inspiration...praying for your complete healing.

Happy New Year!!!!

exmish said...

Yes, yes, and yes.

We tend to see Satan's blow-ups in our family relationships rather than in our physical world. Each step we took towards adoption, we could guarantee that within days (sometimes hours) we'd have a massive meltdown with someone (or multiple someones).

Hope your foot heals quickly - and her lungs too!

Amy said...

SO TRUE! It happened to us every single time we adopted too- and big time when we were preparing to go to the mission field. Kind of proves you are on the right track right? EXCITED for you guys to adopt again!

www.treasuresovertherainbow.blogspot.com said...

Gwen you are a lovely person...today I wish I had your strength. I think today is turning out to be in my Top Ten Waiting Adoptive Mama Difficult Days. I sit and stare at the photos of our son and daughter and as we hit 2 years, one month, and 2 weeks of waiting my heart is weak and weary. I need the strength that you have as a mama with a home full of children and of a tangible knowing that God does place the lonely in families. You are a light....mine is dim today so thanks for sharing yours. I'll look forward to seeing your next child come home:)
Sincerely, Rachelle

Lauren said...

oh so true!! satan just hates it when we step out in faith bring another child into our family... but God always wins!!

"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

AMEN sister!!!!!!

SOOOO excited that you are adopting again!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

We too are experiencing some "issues"....and yes we are adopting again too......and I LOVE TICKING OFF satan!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! :) Only means MY GOD IS BIGGER!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

Stacy said...

Satan always seems to attack the family first, fast and hard! We are trying to finish our paperwork to be dossier to Thailand and my husband found out that he needed 5 fillings. The next week I found out I needed a crown and two fillings!

Carey said...

Well said!

Jewels of My Heart said...

Amen Sister!!! the defeated one will not win for we serve the Victorious Lion of Judah!!! God's speed to all of the little Oatsvalls waiting around the world!
Love ya and will be praying!

Jodi said...

sooo funny! I was vacuuming tonight, which is when I think is a good time to pray - loud vacuum + family runs away from chores :)= God time! anyway, I was praying for you and Daisy - and I thought I had better pray for your upcoming adoption because I know satan is trying to discourage y'all but God will win! If only we obey! Continued prayer for y'all!

The Stiffs said...

I love your heart and read this st just the right moment. Thank you for sharing!

The Stiffs said...

Love your heart. I read this at just the right moment. Thanks for sharing!

Anonymous said...

The Lord has used you in your recent postings to affirm our decision to adopt again after being home with our 2 ET toddlers for 6 months. At 47 years old there was NO WAY I was going to adopt again but the burden on my heart is so heavy for orphans I would weep at the thought of not adopting again (even though I didn't want to). My hubby thought I was crazy but in time his heart was moved as well and we are now on a journey to Ghana. God is good.
And yes, Satan is not going to let us go by unnoticed. My Dad has already called me and said very mean words. We haven't even told my husband's folks yet as they lashed out at us the first time. But we continue to put one foot in front of the other, no matter how difficult.
Anyway, all that to say THANK YOU for your encouraging words to those of us out here in bloggy land. I think when you get to heaven you will be amazed at how many of us will be greeting you and Suzanne with thanksgiving!
Keep up the good fight.

susan

Adrienne said...

Oh yeah! You've got THE ENEMY mad! When we were adopting, we were the victims of bank fraud. He does not like it when we stand in the gap for the least of these. TOO BAD SATAN! Glad the village is helping. Hang in there!

Kim said...

He SURE does!! The MINUTE we signed on to adopt, everything started going wrong! Dishwasher broke, microwave broke, hubby's car a/c broke in the middle of summer, broken window, another window leaking/water flooding in, one child needed glasses, new tires needed x 2 cars.. the list goes on! And NOW we were trying to refinance our house to get a bit more money toward our adoption.. and we find out that apparently at some point after we bought our house, FEMA changed their maps, putting our house in a FLOOD zone! And no one was required to tell us! So now we can't finish the refinance at this time, we "gave away" $2,000 we had scrimped and saved for our adoption(we had to make an extra payment to do the refinance!) AND now we have to pay a surveyor AND buy flood insurance (we aren't even near water?! so weird!?) even if we DON'T refinance! Anyway... of course I am not saying any of that is related to our adoption.. nope!! ;o)

Bird's Words said...

This so SO true. Satan fights what God delights in. period. After we brought home our Ellie, our son was hit hard with Satan's lures. He strayed for a while, and now, thanks be to GOd alone, he has a closer walk with God and us! It's hard work to follow after Christ...it's supposed to cost us something, according to Scripture. But oh... it's so worth it!!

Sophie said...

Where do I start??
As soon as we said yes to adopting again business went bad, we took a big pay cut, came close to losing our house (praise God that didn't happen). Then we had water from a leaky pipe that accumulated in a lower level bedroom ceiling and we had to gut out the bedroom, and our washer and dryer broke too!!

After all that my husband wanted us to put our adoption plans on hold and that was the hardest part for me, especially after I saw how he had a change of heart about the whole thing.

Throughout all of this God was working and He is faithful!! He is doing some great things in our life and I'm so grateful!! Praise His Holy Name!