Sunday, January 30, 2011

Thankful Sunday... Digging Deep

I really don't like this time of year. It's a long stretch of cold and darkness. February and March, are just ugly months. But at the end is the promise of Spring and Easter and new life.

I'm thankful for KLOVE's encouraging scripture verses that I get every morning. Somehow they always pertain to what I'm going through. Here's a few that I've recently received.

Keep on asking, and you will receive what you ask for. Keep on seeking, and you will find. Keep on knocking, and the door will be opened to you.

~ Matthew 7:7

I waited patiently for the LORD to help me, and he turned to me and heard my cry.

~ Psalm 40:1,

So let us come boldly to the throne of our gracious God. There we will receive his mercy, and we will find grace to help us when we need it most.

~ Hebrews 4:16,

Never stop praying. Be thankful in all circumstances, for this is God's will for you who belong to Christ Jesus.

~ 1 Thessalonians 5:17-18

I am praying to you because I know you will answer, O God. Bend down and listen as I pray.

~ Psalm 17:6,

When praying and waiting for a miracle these words are so helpful. I know Brigita and Nellie and Olga are going to get homes. And when doubt creeps in I go back to these verses.

And I'm thankful for a special gift. One that I take as a personal gift from God. The other day I was looking out my window and caught a glimpse of something bright red flying by. I thought it was a cardinal. I love them and I'm always watching for them. But as I looked a little longer I noticed a huge amount of birds flying in and out of the trees and bushes. They were ROBINS!!! Never have I seen them back so early. And never have I seen so many. And never have I seen them stay in one spot for so long. They've been here for three days. It's a sea of red flying all over. To me it's hope. I watch for the first Robin every year, and usually see them in February. I can't explain what they are doing now, but it looks like a bird sanctuary right outside my window. They are beautiful. I read that in the winter they form flocks. But it's just an absurd amount of birds.

I'm thankful that the word about RR and the plight of the orphans is reaching more and more people. Every time I speak to someone about it, they look at me with complete disbelief. It's very hard to believe that something so awful is happening.

and I'm so thankful for the encouraging and just beautiful comments I got on my last post. I can easily get discouraged. My personality is the type that wants every thing done and finished quickly. I want to fix it and move on to the next task. I am realizing that advocating for these sweet children is not going to be quick.I need a severe personality make over or I'm always going to feel like I failed. I need to see the good that is happening.
A lot of really wonderful things have happened. So many children have found families.

Have a blessed Sunday!!


Cameo's Angels said...

As you know, I am there with you on the winter blah's. And I saw "our" family of robins is back as well. Already trying to make their best on our deck again for the 3rd year in a row. So we are also seeing the promie of some warmer weather...of course snow is going to be falling again tomorrow but who watches the weather anyway :). I am glad that you have your blog to voice your frustrations, that is a good thing for you and your heart. I said this same thing to Patti at one point and I wasn't sure if I said it to you but in case I haven't...your blog (and Patti's) are the reason I have visited RR so many times and why we trying to so desparetly to get our family in a better financial situation so that we can run like he*& to scoop up one of these beautiful souls and bring him/her back to their new forever family. Please don't ever feel like your words/blog aren't enough. Look at what you are responsible for in our family. No one in our family, extended or friends, has been touched by a Ds child/sibling/friend. We thought it was about time that we got in on the magic and saved a life!! When else can you say that you did that? Well you did through us...someday soon! Keep up your praying and your advocating for all children.

Cameo's Angels said...

Ok so sometimes I type too fast...they are trying to make a NEST not a best. sorry been up for too long already!!

mandd3 said...

I was reading an article this morning on the establishment of the Ordinariate for Anglicans to enter the Church, and initially I thought this seems like such a long way around to do a re-unification. So much time will pass by before the two are ocmpletely united. Then I thought about how arbitrary time is, and how the Church stands throughout time and to God there is no time. This came to mind when I read your post. We want results, and we want them now. I speak for myself as well. Letting go of the time constraint is the hardest part for me. You keep turning back to Jesus. When the devil casts your eyes down, lift them up again. You and your family are serving the Lord well.

Zoey's mom said...

Well my friend,missed the last post ... sorry:(

What came to mind when reading that one and now this was something our priest said the Sunday before last.His gospel was all about questioning and struggling and all of it was powerful and so hard to retell but at the end her said:"Please,wrestle with God.He wants you too but in the end,just make sure he comes out on top."

You are amazing.With an amazing thankful heart,called to make change and make a difference for those without voices.And you are doing it.Everyday.Even and most especially on the days when you are unable to see the light through the darkness.

Happy Sunday Steph.

Scrappy quilter said...

Dear friend, you need to take a moment and look at all the good YOU are doing. You've reached many people for RR. My pray is that God would richly bless you. Again another wonderful thankful Sun. post. Hang in there friend, you are going to see many happy results!! I just know it because God promises that He answers prayers. Hugs and love

Rochelle said...

You are amazing and God is answering your prayers. You have brought such a great light to RR and the orphans there. Don't be discouraged!

Melissa M said...

I love the KLove verses in the mornings. They always start my day off right. I have quite a few that I keep in my phone for when I need a little inspiration or reassurance.

The VW's said...

Somehow I missed your last couple of posts! :(

It can be so very difficult waiting on God's timing! It just doesn't make sense why so many children and people have to go through hardships or waiting on a loving breaks my heart! Those verses and the knowledge of God's purpose are the only thing that helps to put it all into perspective.

You have such a big heart, given to you by God....He surely has a great plan for you and these children! Love and Big Hugs!!!

Lacey said...

Robins wow! I'm with you on the winter blues. Its freezing, and dark, and just plain gloomy!
Happy Sunday to you!