My Family

My Family
Summer 2015

Saturday, February 14, 2015

Inviting others into the journey

This week we launched our t shirt fundraiser.
First let me say, I wasn't very comfortable starting fundraising. Just bein' real.

I felt if God wanted someone to help us with the financial piece, He would speak directly to that person and they would give if they felt led. That sounds very spiritual doesn't it?  And sometimes that IS how God works.
It wasn't that we didn't need the financial support. It's that I felt we stepped out in faith to adopt because God seemed to be showing us He was supplying what we needed to bring our kids home.
But, over the past 4 months or so we have realized how much we do need it. 

Much of our reserves were stripped away with several financial issues.
Perhaps that happened so we would step out and invite people into this process with us?
To us the financial piece has suddenly become overwhelming. 

But God is not overwhelmed.  
Nor is He surprised. 
I believe He is using this season to teach us once again about the body of Christ and their overwhelming generosity. And to show us what HE can do.

"Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, 21 to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen."  Ephesians 3:20-21

When we entered the tshirt fundraiser, I calculated some numbers so we could get an idea of what the fundraiser could produce.  Ha ha 

What I didn't consider was what God could produce.

What I didn't consider was people who I know are not financially "rich" buying a tshirt to show support.
I'm so humbled.

What I didn't consider was people who we haven't spoken to face to face in many years "showing up" in support via social media and buying a t shirt.
I'm so humbled.
What I didn't consider was the impact of our story for His Glory on people we have never met-buying a t shirt.
I'm so humbled.
What I didn't consider was people donating well OVER the price we set, to show support by buying a t shirt.
I'm so humbled.

I may be surprised.
But God is not.

He apparently wanted us to see we are not in this alone.  He wanted us to invite others "in".  Because after all, this story does not belong to us.  It's His Story --and lest we forget --for HIS Glory.

I am realizing God doesn't want us walking these journies alone. He wants others to be a part of it.
"Everything in heaven and earth is Yours oh Lord".   

"But you are a chosen people, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, God’s special possession,that you may declare the praises of him who called you out of darkness into his wonderful light. 10 Once you were not a people, but now you are the people of God; once you had not received mercy, but now you have received mercy."  1 Peter 2:9-10

We needed to allow margin in this process for God to do Immeasurably more so That We May Glorify Him for what He has done.  I'm seeing more and more that our small act of stepping out in faith has far reaching implications--much farther than we'll ever know.  

Thank you to all who already purchased shirts.
Our t shirt fundraiser goes until March 1.

You can find info here if you'd like to continue to pass it along:

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