Sunday, June 24, 2012

~*Endurance Unto The End*~

Throughout this entire journey I have thought long and hard as to the lessons that the Lord God would have us learn.  We began this journey toward Dalton back in December of 2010 and we are praying to complete this journey in July of 2012.  

For most of this long journey I have wondered if patience was the top lesson to be learned, however, as we get farther along I begin to doubt that its patience...what other lesson is there to be learned on such a long drawn out journey?

A wise friend of ours pointed out that she had a similar trial during one of her many adoptions.  The Lord revealed to her that it wasn't about patience or simply relying on God for strength.  It was about endurance.  How well we are enduring the trials set before us.  

I can easily admit I have not passed this test with flying colors.  I have not endured graciously.  

Several scripture verses come to mind.

Romans 5:3-4
More than that, we rejoice in our sufferings, knowing that suffering produces endurance, and endurance produces character, and character produces hope.

James 1:12-18
Blessed is the man who remains steadfast under trial, for when he has stood the test he will receive the crown of life, which God has promised to those who love Him.   

James 1:2-4 

Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.

We found out that we are scheduled to have Article 5 picked up tomorrow (our time)!  Which means we are officially awaiting Travel Approval!  I cannot tell you how truly happy I am to see this part of the journey come to an end.  This has been a very long 18 months and while I did not endure it as graciously as I had hoped I will be very grateful to begin the next journey of parenting these two!   

1 comment:

  1. Think, if you had traveled as you thought you would, you may not have been getting a daughter as well. Our Mary's adoption took 19 months. She was 10 months old when we got her. God's timing was perfect even when we thought we were on a wild goose chase most of the time.

    Reading this post has encouraged me with our present adoption dreams. Thanks.


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