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Gripping Hope During our Home Study Update

Home studies expire.  So do FBI fingerprints.


We are knee deep in updating our home study.  I just went to the doctor today & got a TB test (since I've been out of the country since our last home study.)


Friday James, Lucy, and I will be getting our state fingerprinting done.  Next week I'll take the 3 kids for their doctor visits.  And the next week our social worker will come for her visit.


Even the cat is in on the home study update action.  Bubbles is headed to the vet for his shots this week.


I remember how extremely nervous I was when we did our home study the first time.  I was so crazy nervous that I cleaned behind my washing machine.


I'm not near as nervous this time.  Or as excited.


Our wait time keeps increasing.  It's hard to get excited knowing I probably will have to update our home study again before we get a referral (or matched) with a little boy.


Pray for us during this time of waiting.  Here's what the Lord encouraged me with today.  I'm going to grip hope.


Tonight is the In His Hands Orphans Outreach meeting.  I am leading the meeting in a study from a Created to Connect lesson plan by Karyn Purvis.


The lesson had a verse from Lamentations.  Normally I don't read and study the book of Lamentations because, well the name says it all.  Expressing grief isn't a favorite topic for most people.  But this verse is encouraging.

I’ll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness,

the taste of ashes, the poison I’ve swallowed.

I remember it all—oh, how well I remember—

the feeling of hitting the bottom.

But there’s one other thing I remember,

and remembering, I KEEP A GRIP ON HOPE:

God’s loyal love couldn’t have run out,

his merciful love couldn’t have dried up.

They’re created new every morning.

How great your faithfulness!

I’m sticking with God (I say it over and over).

He’s all I’ve got left.

It’s a good thing to quietly hope,

quietly hope for help from God.
— — Lamentations 3:19-24, 26 (The Message, emphasis added)

How good is that.  As I wait for my child, I'm going to keep a grip on hope.  Thank you Lord for the encouragement from Your Word!