Saturday, November 28, 2009

F.R.O.G.

"...we stopped relying on ourselves and learned to rely only on God...We have placed our confidence in him, and he will continue to rescue us. And you are helping us by praying for us. Then many people will give thanks because God has graciously answered so many prayers for our safety." 2 Corinthians 1:9-11

My son and his "friend girl" often refer to one another as "FROG" friends. They encourage one another to Fully Rely On God.

Fully - to the greatest degree or extent; completely or entirely; in full; without lack
Rely - trust: have confidence or faith in; fully satisfied of the veracity, integrity, or ability of persons, or of the certainty of facts or of evidence; to depend

There is no 'me', 'myself' or 'I'. No place for doubt or despair. No room for worry or wasted energy. Complete and total trust, not in ourselves, but in our God.

Where do you need to trust Him? Finances? Relationship? Plans? Guidance? Health? Job? A prodigal? Anxiety? Decisions? _____________?

We can rely on God in everything. Sometimes the wait is long, but He can be trusted. "For all of God's promises have been fulfilled in Christ with a resounding 'Yes!'". 2 Corinthians 1:20

I have a very dear friend who trusted the Lord in a journey that lasted over four years. She never lost hope. She cried many tears, but she still trusted. She never stopped looking towards the horizon and the dawning of a new day. She never stopped checking her mailbox or eagerly answering her phone. She never allowed exhaustion to detour her as she filled out more paperwork. She never stopped preparing, believing that her day would come. She celebrated with others who's dreams became certainty long before hers became reality. Twenty-five days ago her prayers became sight. On that day, her precious little daughter from China was placed in her arms.

Here are just a few pictures of the joy to come when we fully rely on God.









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10 comments:

Elizabeth Mahlou said...

I am happy for your friend. It has been my experience that often we want things more quickly than God grants them to us but when we finally get them and look back, the journey itself had value.

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

So very precious. Blessings to momma and Hannah.

peace~elaine

Cheri Bunch said...

I love the beautiful pictures, Joy! I love the testimony of answered prayer too! How encouraging! Love you, my friend! I am believing that the Lord will heal you! Prayer is powerful!

Marilyn in Mississippi said...

What a happy ending to this adoption story!

Marilyn

Sheryl said...

Very precious little one.

Sheryl

Sharon@JoyInTheTruth said...

Oh I have tears in my eyes over those pictures evidencing God's faithfulness and the fruit of patience and trust!

I love that your son and his "friend girl" are FROGs to each other! Just perfect! :)

Tami and Bobby Sisemore Family said...

Thanks so much for sharing that!!! that is why our Jeremiah that waits in Taiwan is named F.R.O.G.I.E boy!! We have to fully rely on God in everything for this adoption!!

Blessings,
Tami
PRAYING JEREMIAH HOME QUICKLY
www.tillGodbringsthemhomeblogspot.com

~Grace and Peace said...

Praise God!!!! Thank you for sharing these beautiful pictures. Hannah is soooo cute! Isn't God just amazing?

Unreasonable Grace said...

BEAUTIFUL story! Thanks for sharing Hannah's homecoming!
kim

Catherine said...

Thank you so much Joybells! God is SO GOOD and daily I am reminded of this as I have the amazing priviledge of mothering my sweet baby Hannah. Such a joy and a gift from Above!

Love you friend!