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God's Plan For Us

This is our journey - God's incredible plan for our lives. When we followed the moving of the Holy Spirit, He opened the windows of Heaven and poured out upon us blessings we never dreamed of! Indescribable joy!

" For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jeremiah 29:11

Sunday, August 6, 2017

Emma's First Week Home

Just a brief update on the last few days. We arrived in Kentucky in the early morning hours of July 29. Our flight from Dallas was delayed twice, and then we ended up flying into another airport that was further from home, but that could get us home the soonest. The girls did great with both flights, though by the end of the second flight Enya was feeling bad. Since we changed airports and it was so late,our welcome home (some family and friends who had planned to greet us) at the airport was cancelled. However, what a joy it was to see Virgil and the kids!!!! Emma went around and said hello and hugged each person. We arrived home around 3am, and Emma was so much fun to watch as she checked out her new home.
Fast forward one week home. Emma seems to be settling in. For most of last week she continued to say she wanted to go back to China, but the last couple of days have been better. She's worried about learning English, and she's homesick for a place that is no longer home. That is a hard pill to swallow for an 11 year old girl. Thankfully, Erin still speaks Chinese, and they've been talking quite a bit. She's helping us translate, which is nice so I can save Xiaoyun for the deeper conversations.
Friday night Zeb and Dana rented out a pool just for us to use. This was the first time Emma had met them or Sierra, and it was a wonderful way for them to get to know each other. Emily and Melody, and my mom and David were there as well. Emma, the girl who said she doesn't like the water, stayed in the pool the entire time!! She laughed and interacted with everyone. We all enjoyed ourselves so much, and I told Zeb it was the breath of fresh air I needed. Since then, she seems happier. She is becoming much more affectionate, and has hugged me and Virgil quite a bit.
As usual, the trip was hard on this 52 year old body. I've had a hard week physically, which was compounded by the fact I ended up with an infection. Antibiotics made a world of difference, and by Friday I was starting to feel like myself again. Virgil and the girls have taken good care of me, and allowed me to take it easy until I was feeling better.
Today we were able to go to church. Since we now no longer have a vehicle that will hold us all, we both drove, and I was prepared to come home with Emma early if she became unhappy. She actually did well, and greeted those who spoke to her. It was so good to be back in church!! Afterwards, some of the family came over for lunch. The photos below were made this afternoon.
Praising God for his faithfulness!!

Thursday, August 3, 2017

My Lack of Faith- His Faithfulness

This was written on Friday July 28.

I'm sitting on a plane to Kentucky. We've now been traveling 27 hours. Only an hour and a half before we see family once again. As I look back over these last two weeks, I am convicted by what a lack of faith I've shown. From the moment we got into Beijing and our connecting flight was cancelled, until we sat in the Hong Kong  airport and I worried how Emma would do getting on the airplane, I consistently failed to trust the One who brought us on this journey in the first place. My devotion this morning talked about how, if God cares even for the sparrows, and He loves us so much more, why should we worry? Also, what good does it do to worry when we aren't in control in the first place? 
It is though I have been looking at a single brush stroke these past fourteen days, focusing on nothing but a small drop of paint, when I should have been thinking of the beautiful canvas He was painting. I failed to look beyond myself, trying to be self sufficient, when I was never created for that. I am here to glorify the Lord, not be safe or comfortable, or in control. Some of the things I was concerned about came true. We had some tough days, but He was there throughout each of them- carrying us. Many things I worried about never came to fruition. I've been almost sick for days thinking that Emma might make such a scene at the Hong Kong airport that we would not have been allowed to board. Instead, she has smiled, held my hand and laid her head on my shoulder (both a first!) several times today. Who but God!!!! 
I'm thankful that when I am weak, He is always strong. He is always faithful!

Emma's First Plane Ride