Sunday, October 4, 2009

What to pray for?

Things are pretty stagnant with the kids and knowing their future. We have heard absolutely nothing in a several weeks. They are still waiting for a home study on the great-aunt where they are likely to go. Once that is completed, I am thinking the process will go pretty quick.

I have had quite a bit of a conflict in my mind about what to pray about. We are trained to seek the reunification with family at all cost. Maybe not at all cost, but it is supposed to be our highest priority. As most of you know that is not something we would be happy with. Amanda and I have had some discussion on what we would really like and if we should be praying very specifically for that. Of course what we all would like is for us to be able to adopt them. Basically we would be asking God for a miracle. Asking Him to influence the judge to go against precedent and not grant the Aunt the adoption rights. Is it presumptuous to assume we could make a better home than this Aunt? Is that too much to ask? I have been thinking about James ch. 1 and how we should pray and ask without doubting, because if we doubt we are "double minded". Wishy washy. Unreliable. Weak. Not serious. You get the picture.

On the other hand I have to wonder what is God's will in all of this? Does He want these kids to go to a home that seems (to us) unstable and immoral? Who knows? I have always tried hard to accept things that happen no matter how good or bad as part of God's eternal plan. Even when bad things happen aside from the dangers of the world we live in, it is often a bad decision on our part that causes heartache. God cannot always stop the natural consequences of the bad decisions we all make. Is this drama we are forced to be a part of the playing out of natural consequences? i.e. M and D's grandparents have not laid the foundation for a stable family, so naturally their mom has never had a stable life, and now the kids have not had a stable life.

We have decided there is nothing wrong with praying for this cycle to stop. I have no doubt it is within God's power to do so. And we would hope getting the kids this early in their lives, and raising them in a Christian home would stop this vicious cycle.

Now if you will turn in your Hymnals to.....


Funny story: Amanda said the cordless phone started ringing the other day and as usual we couldn't find it. D was announcing, "Phone! Phone!" While she was looking for it D said, "over here!" and was pointing at it. It is good to have extra help around.

I have been working a lot getting ready for wheat pasture later this month. Me and my granddad did a lot of trenching and putting in waterlines for stock tanks. We are almost done, but wouldn't you know it my neighbor is needing help with corn harvest now. That will go on for a couple weeks. I also will need to build lots of electric fence. Need to be ready to turn out cattle about the end of the month.

We are going to the Albuquerque balloon fiesta the end of this week also. Bad timing, but we really want to go. And figure the kids will really have a blast. Expect some pictures and a blog about it soon.

Blogger seems to be a little buggy today. I can't seem to put in new page items. I have also noticed some other silly things. This kind of stuff is why I quit Yahoo 360


  1. Yes, I think your sermon...... uh, I mean your thoughts on what to pray for are right on it. We don't always know what to pray for, but I know God knows our hearts. He knows that we are doing our best to ask for what we think is right. I pray for you, Amanda, and kids every day and that God's name will be praised. Hope you enjoy the balloon fest. Sounds fun. Don't work too hard.

  2. I have been praying for the kids to have a chance to grow up in a home and situation that will give them a relationship with the Lord. I don't know where M and D will end up, I hope it is with ya'll, but wherever they go, I know I'm praying within God's will when I pray that they can have a relationship with him. I know if we pray within God's will that he will definitely answer that prayer. Know this has to be hard on ya'll and that it is hard to wait to find out what is going to happen. We will keep praying for you and the kids and the whole situation.