My last two posts have really been about hearing God's voice. I'm going to continue along those lines today. Before I went for a walk this morning, I opened the short daily devotional I get in my email. I like to read it before I start my walk so that I can think about and pray about its' meaning. So, when I read the bible verse for today... I was excited because I knew that today's devotion was going to speak to me. The verse was the exact same one that we have at the top of our blog. Jeremiah 29:11 "For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, To give you hope and a future." That is part of the promise that I heard from God when He said, "You will have your child."
Do you know what the next verses (12-13) are? I have to admit that I didn't but when I heard them, I knew this was a message I was meant to hear. "Then you will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will listen to you. You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart." The prayer that went with this devotion said, "Thank you for resurrecting my hopes and dreams and making my life much better than I ever imagined."
Talk about reassurance. Over the past month or so, I have felt like God was reminding me that He has to be the priority in my life.He is filling me with the desire to call upon Him, to come to Him in prayer, to seek Him with all my heart. Of course, I am human and this is an area which I definitely need to work on. I am taking baby steps and thank goodness that God loves me in spite of my failures. It will be a life long process. Anyway... right now, we are waiting for information that could start us down a specific path to adopt. When I read that verse "You will call upon me and come and pray to me and I will LISTEN to you," I knew that God was affirming that He is hearing our prayers. And He has blessed my life beyond measure! When I met Mark, hopes and dreams that had been put aside for many years were resurrected. Every day, I am thankful for this life that I live.
Ok... so I digress. I turned on P*ndora and the first song that came up was one of my favorites, "Word of God Speak" - just another confirmation that God is hearing me as I seek Him. Anway, it rained overnight, so things were damp outside and there was moisture on the sidewalk. As I walked along, I was thinking about God's presence in my life and praying. I came across footprints. Now, these were not shoeprints, but prints from bare feet on the sidewalk. The image came to mind of the Footprints in the Sand story. I wish I would have stopped to take a picture because it just looked so cool. Yep - here He was again reaffirming His presence in each step I take.
It was was also a reminder that God is with us in our adoption journey, too. I am hoping we will have some more information to share with you soon. Believe me, I am feeling so impatient. In the meantime, I know that the one who is the Father to all children (and every one of us) is watching over our child right now, waiting for the right time to place him/her in our arms. He is listening to our prayers!