Jan 9, 2009

15 minutes for Eternity

  • For those of you who have been here before, you know we are heading out tomorrow, to go receive our bundle of joy, that God has for us in Ethiopia (hey, we're ADOPTING...!)
  • For those of you who know me, either face to face or from afar, you know that I am passionate about my Jesus. Today I heard this quote, don't know who said it, but totally agree that faith without action is dead...
'Faith isn't about what you believe...

it is what you do with what you believe.'

Some of you know we have a possible birth parent meeting while we are in Ethiopia. (Tuesday or Wednesday we are told). Now I have been struggling with this, not from fear, but from not knowing what I could say that would have meaning. I didn't just want to fill the meeting with words, words without meaning, comfort or life.
My goal as a born-again believer is to make an impact on this world, it is to use my life to influence, to make a real difference. I couldn't get my mind around what I could say, that would give the birth family comfort, bring them peace, joy and life.

Some might say, that is too big. That I am over thinking or perhaps worrying...let it just happen some would say...
Well, anyway I was wrestling with it. Then two days ago I talked to Julie, our case worker, she said most likely the meeting would be 15-20 minutes (unless we desired it to be longer). I thought this should have given me peace, but it did not. I went to bed thinking, "What can I say, what should I say, what God will we say? What do You want me to do, what is it that You are requiring of me?" All kinds of things ran through my natural mind. Let me tell you all of them were flat and dead.

I continued to pray and had one dear girlfriend praying along with me. ( She is a prayer warrior...you know who you are.) Today at 3:45, the Holy Spirit told me to open my Bible. He directed me to :

I began to weep as I read what God was asking me to do. Again, not from fear, but from sheer joy. My Father, was directing my path :

This is what the Holy Spirit then spoke to me, 'Tell her you are a Christian, tell her that you love my Son Jesus, tell her that you will raise her daughter as a Christian. Ask her if she knows Jesus. If she doesn't lead her to me. If she does...rejoice greatly!'

So, now I can speak life to this family. Now, my 15 minutes or more, won't have questions that are just filler...sigh, My God is so good and so much bigger than we let Him be. My heart is so grateful for His direction. Would you join me and ask God to prepare her (their...maybe grandmom and aunt) heart?

Thanks, really.


mom said...

See....no need to worry as the Holy Spirit already knew what you needed to say! {{{{{Kimmie}}}}

Your sweet note arrived in the mail today and I'm still smiling...and still praying...and still excited for this adventure God is sending you on in the days ahead. I simply can't wait until you get back home! Woo hoo!

I'll be praying for your family at home, too!

Tammy ~@~

Valerie said...

Wow! Time has just flown by this week, hasn't it? It's go time!! I know we have never met but the joy I have in my heart over your adoption journey is so very real. I can't wait for you to get that baby girl in your arms! Your heart is so beautiful, I just love reading your blog. I can't wait to read about your daughter. This is so exciting!

You are in my prayers as you begin your travels.

(formerly posted as Foxy5... got a new blog) :)

Carla said...

Blessings to you all!!!

Amy said...

I'll continue to pray! So happy for your family! Amy

randi---i have to say said...

I am just so thrilled for you all! You will be in my thoughts and prayers and I look forward to an update!

Praise God for this!

Emily said...

AAAAH! Can't wait to see her. I can't wait to see if you can speak those awesome words through your crying. In fact, I'll pray that you don't cry...that you feel The Spirit welling in you and just listen to Him and don't let your flesh make you too weepy. What a cool opportunity. They will never, never, EVER forget you or your words.

I'm just pumped. Can't wait for you guys.

Tracie said...

So excited for you guys, Kimmie!
I'll be praying for your meeting too.

Stephanie said...

Still praying!!

theArthurClan said...

Amazing that your day to see and hold your baby girl is almost here. I'm so glad that you found the scriptures that would give you peace about what the Lord would have you say to the birth family. My prayer is that they will come to know the Lord while you are talking with them.

Anonymous said...

Oh, I'm praying that the Prince of Peace... your Daddy and mine... will be there, right beside you. That the Spirit will fill your thoughts and heart and mind and words. That He would give that birthparent peace that passes all understanding ~ which He is so good at doing. That God will comfort, soothe, reassure, strengthen. That He will change hearts that day!

Take courage! He has prepared you for this very thing. He didn't bring you this far and to this very purpose by chance. You and your Knight are prepared for this already ~ praise God!

I will pray you will take from Ethiopia the mementos she will need when she is older. I feel led to pray for His hand to guide you as you search for "the right thing" to put in her box. For the right questions to ask, and the right things to do so you can answer her questions when she is older.

God bless you with travel mercies and His hand gently guides you to your beautiful daughter!!



A. said...

I am praying that you have a safe journey.

Thank you for the link! I'd never heard of that association before. Nice step-by-step guide.


Diane said...

Kimmie - what a blessing that you will be able to meet the birth parent(s) and even more of a blessing that you can share Christ with them and give them assurance that you will raise their birth daughter to love and know Jesus.

I have contact with my son Hayden's birth mother. She is serving time in prison for the next eight years. We correspond regularly and I can not tell you what a privilege it is to tell her of my faith in Christ and his deep love for her.

You have 15 minutes...praise God that He has given you direction in how to best use that time. I'm very excited for you Kimmie and can't wait to hear all the details when you arrive home.

My prayers will be with you my friend!

"Indescribable" said...

I'm passing the link along, and following your guide - you are helping me to prepare for my birth family meeting (hoping it's sooner than later - everything in His time).
Peace and Joy to you! Enjoy the journey, & can't wait until you come home. Hugs.

julie said...

I'll be praying while you are gone Kimmie. I can't wait to hear all about it.


Jennifer said...

Praying for you and your family.
God is Good!!
Can't wait to hear and see pics.

Cathy said...

Congratulations on heading out. How exciting. God will enable you to speak what you need to say. He uses us all right where we are at.


Velvia said...

Hi Kimmie!
I'm praying!!
Love, Velvia

Cindy-Still His Girl said...

I'm late getting here! I'm so excited for you and cannot WAIT to meet your precious little one!!

Tracy said...

the LORD laid you on my heart this morning...been praying for you. SO EXCITING!!!

Renata said...

Looking forward to your return - I've been remembering you & your family in my prayers - especially while you are overseas. Will pray this meeting goes well - I'm sure God will guide you what to say. Look forward to seeing your beautiful new family member!

Duckygirl said...

I am so excited for your whole family!!! YEAH! Can't wait to hear more when you get back :)

I'll be praying,

BethPie said...

Thinking about & praying for you...

Letitia said...

just home from our trip, and eagerly waiting to see your new little one.
God was so good, and I'm thankful He gave you the wisdom and peace you were looking for. He says we can expect that! I pray that His words will be planted in their hearts and that they will continue to carry them with them, as God makes them grow. Even if they didn't appear to respond, the seed was planted, ready to grow. God told you to speak those words, so he will be faithful. His Word will not return void.

tonia said...

oh kimmie, what a beautiful post and what a beautiful heart. i am praying and rejoicing with you. we are so privileged to take His name out into this world.

may you find riches beyond belief on this trip. can't wait to hear the good report and meet your new girl.

mom said...

Just keep thinking about you and praying for you......

Tammy ~@~

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