I’ve recently started my mornings with a hot cup of tea, the back doors wide open with our dog bathing in the rising sun, curled up in my favorite chair spending time with Jesus. I’ve come to crave that sweet time all through out the day. I often think about my mornings during the day and the peace that Jesus brings sweeps back over and I can proceed. This morning I began day two of getting to know Elisabeth Elliot. For those of you who are unfamiliar with her, I beyond recommend that you stop reading right now, put down your computer and go to the nearest book store. The Lord will teach you much in her pages, trust me. I like to mix up my working atmosphere, one day in my office, one at my favorite, local coffee shop, some at home with Hook (our yellow lab), and others in book stores. I love book stores. The smell of fresh pages, the bright colors bouncing off the covers and all the different adventures just waiting for you to take part in, I love book stores. Okay, back to Ms. Elliot. I often ponder my favorite quote, “Sometimes when we are called to obey the fear does not subside and we are expected to move against the fear. One must choose to do it afraid.” I was editing at a book store, pondering this quote and realized I had never actually read anything by this woman whose 2 sentences have greatly affected my life. So I bought a book called, “Let Me Be A Woman”, by Elisabeth Elliot. And no, its not a feminist book.
Back to this morning...Day two with Elisabeth... I was in chapter 10 (no i’m not a fast reader her chapters are just short), when I heard something I had heard a million times before. Only this time it showered my heart with peace and excitement! Until the birth of this “adoption ministry”, I had never really understood what it meant to walk step by step, trusting God from point A to B. So I want to share with you the wisdom from Elisabeth, for she can communicate far more effectively than I. The truth is that none of us knows the will of God for his life. I say for his life- for the promise is “as thou goest step by step I will open up the way before thee.” He gives us enough light for today, enough strength for one day at a time, enough manna, our “daily” bread. And the life of faith is a journey from Point A to Point B, from Point B to Point C.... But all the time (40 years in the desert) God was with them, leading them, protecting them, hearing their cries, goading and guiding them, knowing where they were going and what His purposes were for them and He never left them. pg. 30&31I want to encourage you today, where ever you are, to release your burdens to Jesus. You may feel like you are never going to bring your child home, or fears and worries bombard you day and night about someone else adopting them or hurting them or being denied by the local authorities. But friend, I say to you, God knows His plans for you and your children, He is leading you, He hears their cries, they are not alone at night. God is holding each of their hearts. Take your adoption day by day, step by step, casting all fears to the side and fixing your thoughts on Jesus. For He will get you and your child through this process. He, and He alone.