Ever since college I have wanted to name a little girl Emily. In fact, when we started our adoption process we intended to call our daughter Emily. But during those initial months of paperwork and homestudies, the Lord was working on my heart through an inductive Bible study I was doing on "covenant". He revealed Himself to me in powerful ways during my study in His Word and He healed my heart of many battles and scars that were incurred during infertility and miscarriage. I also was battling skepticism and fears by others over our adoption and yet God gave me a scripture from my covenant study to "take into battle" against Satan's all too familiar tactic of fear. When the Lord promised a child by the Spirit to Sarah, He rebuked Sarah's disbelief saying, "Is ANYTHING too difficult for the LORD?"
Oh how the Lord ministered to me through that verse and still does...He rebuked my fear and allowed me to fully trust Him! And how MUCH my faith has grown in trusting. There are many more ways the Lord taught me about Himself through the life of Sarah....you know how when God opens your heart to Him about something specific and it starts popping up EVERYWHERE!! The passages in Galatians 3 and 4 are also very meaningful...if you haven't read them in a while...you really should! I LOVE how Isaac was born to the FREE woman(Sarah) according to the Spirit, a child of promise! That is exactly how I see our little Sarah....a child of promise according to His Spirit! Dave and I could never deny God calling us to adoption : ) We knew our little princess from Guatemala just had to be named Sarah.....which by the way, did you know Sarah means "princess"??
...our other news : )
Last night I found a blog of someone who happens to be at Eagles Nest(our daughter's orphanage) right now. I wrote her a quick comment never expecting her to actually be able to write me back. At 11 am. this morning, I received the most beautiful message only a mom can appreciate.......
She is doing great. I just went to check on her again. She is SUCH a beauty!!! She sleeps a lot and seems pretty happy. While I was talking to her she let out the biggest yawn. It was so cute. I think I was BORING her. Hee hee!! I will continue to check in on her. Feel free to write with questions. Hugs! Angel
And then she replied again.....
OH YOU ARE SO WELCOME! I am treasuring my moments with these precious little ones. Yes.. they seem to call her Nicol... at least the one I was talking to. I'll listen more though and ask. She is so sweet. She was sleeping when I just checked on her. :0) I know how hard it is. I was a basket case my last adoption. Seriously- I handled it so poorly. This one I hope I will do better. :0) I just blogged a little bit. Did you see it yet? I was just talking about how wonderful these women are. They truly do love your baby. They are so sweet and attached to the children. She is doing great!!! Take comfort in knowing that the struggle is in your heart because she is content. God has truly blessed her with this place. My heart hurts for you because I know the struggle of trusting God with this dear treasure- your sweet girl. A big hug to you today. Know that she is safe. Angel
Thank you again Angel! You gave me a gift beyond words today....you truly are an "angel" to me!!
ps. the pic is of the 1st care pkg. I sent to Sarah