Being still

Several years ago when we were just praying about adoption Jeff stumbled upon the verse How beautiful are the feet of the who bring good news. ~Romans 10:15-16.  It struck us both and we decided that it would be the verse for our adoption.  We never really had a particular verse for any reason, but felt that given the journey we were about to embark on we would probably need some go-to words of wisdom.  I had a number of others floating around, but the simplicity of the words helped to make our adoption more real and relatable.  Yes, the bible says, Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. ~James 1:27 and I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.  ~John 14:18, (among many others) but for me those were too abstract.  I had never met an orphan before and how in the world would I know how to care for one?  Thinking about beautiful feet and good news?  I could handle that.

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We wrote the words on our chalkboard wall, and they remain there to this day. There were many times throughout the process, and even once Odette was home, that I turned to the verse for guidance and reassurance.

We shared her beautiful little feet when we announced our referral in November of 2011.


It is crazy to think that those same beautiful little feet have been in our house for over 10 months.

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We’ve now had our referral for Little A for just over 3 months, but have actually been in the process twice that long.  We have seen his beautiful little feet and know, that just like Odette, he will be bringing us good news. Things have been so very different this time around.  Things have not gone as we expected.  Some days I’m good with it, and others not so good.


I recently stumbled (I use the word stumbled, but don’t at all believe it is a coincidence) upon a verse that I immediately knew would be my guidance and reassurance this time around and probably for many years to come.  The Lord will fight for you; you need only be still. Exodus 14:14.  There have been days lately when I have been tempted to fight and tempted to doubt.  Thankfully the Lord has taught me that I need only trust.  He’s got it.  Today I took a few minutes and added the verse to our chalkboard wall.  I thought about erasing Odette’s verse since she is now home, but I couldn’t bring myself to do it.

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Today I am learning to be still.

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(verse design from Pinterest)


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