Last weekend we had our first event to raise money; kind of a kick-off fundraiser for this adoption journey we're on. Let me just start with, WOW!!! It was truly amazing to see the love of God at a yard sale. We were blown away with the love, support and generosity that was shown to us, much of it from people who have not known us long at all or had never even met us! We had gotten the word out only a couple of weeks before, asking for any of our friends that wanted to donate items to the sale or bake items for the bake sale. I thought maybe a few people would have a few things that they already wanted to get rid of and maybe a couple of people might want to bake a couple of batches of cookies for the boys to sell at their lemonade stand. What I did not think, however, was that so many people would freely give so much stuff. I really couldn't believe how much stuff we had. And the bake sale- friends drove from Hendersonville and Franklin to bring us cookies and s'mores bars. Teachers at school baked muffins and amazing loaves of bread and pans of delicious cinnamon rolls. And people bought them. Tons and tons of people came and bought tons and tons of stuff. Stuff was selling that doesn't ever sell at yard sales. People were buying $8 loaves of pumpkin cranberry bread. People bought lemonade and hot chocolate and popcorn from the kids. A huge number of our friends came and helped us set up the night before and were here helping us for two days straight. Some of them came for both days to help. Friends came from Hendersonville just to say hi. Families from school came because their kids that are friends with our kids, begged them to come because they wanted to help Silas, Eli and Cooper bring a little sister home from Madagascar. A sweet girl "just happened" to stop by, not even knowing it was an adoption fundraiser, and that girl "just happens" to work for Show Hope, an organization that among other things gives grants to families trying to adopt. She emailed us some information within an hour of leaving our house. People that had never met us told us their own adoption stories and that they will pray for us. It was not a typical yard sale, and we give all glory to God for that. We cannot thank those enough who helped us in any way. Even just praying from afar means more to us than you can imagine. God provided abundantly in more ways than one. Doesn't He always?
I woke up early Friday morning the first day of the sale, and opened my Bible app on my phone before I got out of bed. As I was opening it, I was praying for God to bless our efforts and to just speak to me through the verse of the day that I was about to read. Do you know what the verse of the day was? This was what He said, "But Jesus looked at them and said, "With man this is impossible, but with God all things are possible." (Matthew 19:26) Gave me chills. And confidence. And hope. And peace.
I, we, cannot do this alone. For us, this is a huge task to take on- bringing this little child home when it will cost so much, when there is so much paperwork to do, when it will take so long- but for Him, this is so very small. With Him, this is totally possible. And He's already showing us that.
Thank you, Father, for Your constant abiding presence and Your abundant blessings. We know that You are able to do immeasurably more than all we can ever ask or imagine.