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Wait February 19, 2015

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This was shared with me recently and it is such truth.

Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried;
Quietly, patiently, lovingly, God replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate . . .
And the Master so gently said, “Wait.”
“Wait? you say wait?” my indignant reply.
“Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!
Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
By faith I have asked, and I’m claiming your Word.
“My future and all to which I relate
Hangs in the balance, and you tell me to wait?
I’m needing a ‘yes’, a go-ahead sign,
Or even a ‘no’ to which I can resign.
“You promised, dear Lord, that if we believe,
We need but to ask, and we shall receive.
And Lord I’ve been asking, and this is my cry:
I’m weary of asking! I need a reply.”
Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate,
As my Master replied again, “Wait.”
So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut,
And grumbled to God, “So, I’m waiting for what?”
He seemed then to kneel, and His eyes met with mine . . .
and He tenderly said, “I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens and darken the sun.
I could raise the dead and cause mountains to run.
“I could give all you seek and pleased you would be.
You’d have what you want, but you wouldn’t know Me.
You’d not know the depth of my love for each saint.
You’d not know the power that I give to the faint.
“You’d not learn to see through clouds of despair;
You’d not learn to trust just by knowing I’m there.
You’d not know the joy of resting in Me
When darkness and silence are all you can see.
“You’d never experience the fullness of love
When the peace of My spirit descends like a dove.
You would know that I give, and I save, for a start,
But you’d not know the depth of the beat of My heart.
“The glow of my comfort late into the night,
The faith that I give when you walk without sight.
The depth that’s beyond getting just what you ask
From an infinite God who makes what you have last.
“You’d never know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that My grace is sufficient for thee.
Yes, your dearest dreams overnight would come true,
But, oh, the loss, if you missed what I’m doing in you.
“So, be silent, my child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to truly know me.
And though oft My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious answer of all is still . . . Wait.”

 

Wait

Filed under: Uncategorized — rgraham100 @ 9:12 pm

This was shared with me recently and it is such truth.

Desperately, helplessly, longingly, I cried;
Quietly, patiently, lovingly, God replied.
I pled and I wept for a clue to my fate . . .
And the Master so gently said, “Wait.”
“Wait? you say wait?” my indignant reply.
“Lord, I need answers, I need to know why!
Is your hand shortened? Or have you not heard?
By faith I have asked, and I’m claiming your Word.
“My future and all to which I relate
Hangs in the balance, and you tell me to wait?
I’m needing a ‘yes’, a go-ahead sign,
Or even a ‘no’ to which I can resign.
“You promised, dear Lord, that if we believe,
We need but to ask, and we shall receive.
And Lord I’ve been asking, and this is my cry:
I’m weary of asking! I need a reply.”
Then quietly, softly, I learned of my fate,
As my Master replied again, “Wait.”
So I slumped in my chair, defeated and taut,
And grumbled to God, “So, I’m waiting for what?”
He seemed then to kneel, and His eyes met with mine . . .
and He tenderly said, “I could give you a sign.
I could shake the heavens and darken the sun.
I could raise the dead and cause mountains to run.
“I could give all you seek and pleased you would be.
You’d have what you want, but you wouldn’t know Me.
You’d not know the depth of my love for each saint.
You’d not know the power that I give to the faint.
“You’d not learn to see through clouds of despair;
You’d not learn to trust just by knowing I’m there.
You’d not know the joy of resting in Me
When darkness and silence are all you can see.
“You’d never experience the fullness of love
When the peace of My spirit descends like a dove.
You would know that I give, and I save, for a start,
But you’d not know the depth of the beat of My heart.
“The glow of my comfort late into the night,
The faith that I give when you walk without sight.
The depth that’s beyond getting just what you ask
From an infinite God who makes what you have last.
“You’d never know, should your pain quickly flee,
What it means that My grace is sufficient for thee.
Yes, your dearest dreams overnight would come true,
But, oh, the loss, if you missed what I’m doing in you.
“So, be silent, my child, and in time you will see
That the greatest of gifts is to truly know me.
And though oft My answers seem terribly late,
My most precious answer of all is still . . . Wait.”

 

Silence February 2, 2015

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I know that it has been a LONG time since I have provided an update on our adoption. I just haven’t had the heart to share anything the past six months. It’s been a struggle to put it mildly. I have experienced big highs and ugly lows and just haven’t felt stable in a long time.
But today, for some unknown reason, I am ready to share an update. Unfortunately, I don’t have a lot of new information, but hope to soon.
I last updated you this past summer. Things in Haiti were VERY quiet as the government officials were busy putting policies and processes in place as they transitioned to a country that processed adoptions following a set of ethical guidelines called the Hague Convention.
As a reminder, our paperwork was officially submitted to the Haitian government (IBESR) December 13, 2013. We were told that we would receive a referral 6-8 months from the time our paperwork was submitted, which would have been last summer. In my heart, I was planning on going to Haiti last summer. And when that did not happen, I was crushed.
However, we started to see Haiti begin to hand out referrals and move files in the late fall, which gave me great hope. But along with the movement came unexpected ugliness on my part. Every time I hear of another family receiving their referral, I want to just feel joy for that family. But instead, I feel jealousy and ask, “why not us.” It’s not pretty.
Our one-year mark in IBESR has come and gone. We are approaching 14 months. We do know that our paperwork is at a place called Children’s Court. This was a huge relief to learn that our dossier wasn’t lying behind someone’s file cabinet.
We are waiting for a judge to sign our dossier at Children’s Court. Our file will then be returned to IBESR. Once at IBESR we need a few signatures and then they will provide us with our referral. I cannot even begin to guess how long this will take.
Once we receive our referral, Patrick and I will go to Haiti for two weeks to meet and bond with our child. We will come home and it will still be several months to a year before we can actually bring our child home.

 

 
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