The Lord is near to all who call on him, to all who call on him in truth.
He fulfills the desires of those who fear him; he hears their cry and saves them.
I have witnessed how He has fulfilled our desires and how He has saved us
and I can't think of a better time than
to share some of those ways.
It is my goal to share a short blog post each day in November
to document some of the ways God has blessed us
and encourage someone to cling to Him
if you are waiting for your desires to be fulfilled.
It has been a hard lesson, and one I am constantly learning, but I
am realizing that God generally does not fulfill our desires
in our time frame or in the exact ways that we expect.
Oh, but His ways are far higher than our own
and He has far greater plans for us than we can ever dream.
November has always been my favorite month of the year, mainly because it is my
birthday month and also because I love fall more than any other season.
Fifteen years ago November became ever sweeter
as we were blessed a few days before(Oct. 27) with our precious baby girl and foster daughter.
Then, one year later we were beyond blessed by the miracle of adoption on
November 18, 2000
which was the 2nd annual National Adoption Day
What a day of celebration it was!
The joy in the courtroom was abundant and I can still remember the huge smile on the
face of the judge who graciously donated his services that day
for every child who was adopted.
November has always continued to be such a special month.
Not only is it my birthday month, it is also the birthday of
The United States Marine Corp.
November 18, 2005
Justin graduated from boot camp and became a
US Marine-Semper Fi!
Even though he only served in active duty for four years, our family gained
a new sense of pride and love for our country and for
those who daily serve us and fight for our freedom.
For that lesson, and new sense of pride we are forever thankful!
Today, we got to celebrate once again as Justin returned home after fighting
forest fires in California for the past seven months with the
US Forest Service.
I thank God for bringing him home safely!
There isn't much of anything better than a huge bear hug
from one of my kids; after so many months away it was
a special moment when he surprised me today and brought tears to my eyes this
afternoon as he arrived home.
I'm sure I will continue to think of so many more reasons why
November is special and I can't wait to share those over this next month.
So today, in honor of the many blessings I have received
and the fact that it is
National Adoption Month
I would like for others to join me in sharing our abundance with
others who are less fortunate.
I encourage anyone reading this to commit to sharing your abundance with someone this month.
If you need a way to do that feel free to join me
in giving away some extra warmth to
kids in need. I would like to collect new or gently used coats, hats, mittens
socks and blankets to share with kids in our local CPS custody.
These precious kids don't deserve the difficulties they must endure and
if we can provide them a little extra love and warmth maybe
that little bit will put a smile on their face.