Delight yourself in the Lord and He will give you the desires of your heart. Psalm 37:4
Thursday, March 13, 2008
I am right where I am supposed to be...written by Lacey
We're do I begin?? This has been such an amazing journey all along the way. God is so good!! I must start off by saying if there is ANYONE out there who is reading this blog and doesn't know the Lord..seek him, find him. There is no greater gift than Jesus. I have seen his fingerprints all along our journey. I know he has appointed us to be here for such a time as this. His timing is perfect!! I am learning that all things truly do happen for a reason, they are all part of his glorious plan.
Right now as we sit in this internet cafe the words of the music play "it's undeniable how brilliant you are" how perfect, and true are those words. This land is full of soooo many beautiful people. I thank God for sending me!!
Many of you have been waiting patiently to here about my encounter with one little boy..So I won't keep you waiting any longer.
For those of you who don't know over a year ago I came across a picture of a precious little boy by the name of Weiss. One look at his picture and my life heart was sold. I felt prompted to pray for him. Why him?? out of so many other kids why him?? I didn't have the answer to that question but I believe God called me to pray, so that is what I did. I prayed for his safety, happiness, a forever family, but most importantly that he would know and love the Lord all the days of his life.
We thought maybe I was having such strong feelings for him because he belonged in the Moore family, but shortly after this thought, the Moore's were told K and C were their children. Now what?? I still feel strongly about this little boy so I continued to pray. After giving birth to our second daughter we immediately began dreaming of having a son. So as Jordan and I prayed about our future son, we also prayed for this precious little boy. I am sure you can imagine what conclusion we came to??? Yes, we immediately wrote to the orphanage to find out his status. We were told at that time, there was a Ugandan family who might possibly be adopting him, therefore he wasn't available at that time. Even then, I felt so strongly about him that I made the decision that as long as God called me to, I would be obedient in prayer for his will on this little boys life.
I was so excited when the decision was made that I would travel to Africa. I would not only get to meet C and K but I would also get to meet Weiss. As we drove to the baby cottage I prayed that if God wanted us to have a connection that it would come easy. When we pulled in, the mamas brought precious Katie and adorable Christopher over to us. They immediately knew Jenny was their mama. Praise the Lord!! I was so excited to be a part of their reunion. What would happen next was nothing short of a miracle. I looked down and at my feet was one little boy just one. Yes!! you guessed it. He reached for me and said, "They call me Weiss." Just to give you a glimpse of why this is such a huge miracle... all of the other kids at least 20 and mamas and volunteers were all out in the yard. Anyone could have come, but it was him. This little boy that I had prayed for, for so very long. I scooped him in my arms and was immediately speechless, tears welled up and I was once again reminded that God is soooo faithful!! He said to me "I miss you." "You miss me, but we have never even met??" I said.
He asked if I would help bathe him and he would not let me put him down. So I walked him over for dinner and put him down to take his shoes off. He reached for me again and said I had to go with him inside. Then after washing up I told him I would see him later and he said "no you come with me." Wow!! I will never forget that time with him.
I was so unsure of where to go with my feelings so we prayed and studied scripture. We prayed for peace and discernment. That morning, during breakfast, we were introduced to a family that had just arrived at Amani Baby Cottage. It was then that we learned that Weiss had just been assigned to this family...he was actually assigned to them the day we arrived at Amani. Once again I was speechless?? I was completely overwhelmed and unsure of where to go with these feelings. My heart was aching and at the same time rejoicing. I kept coming back to the fact that I had always prayed most importantly for God's will on this little boy's life. I couldn't help but feel sad as well, I really felt like he was going to be a part of our family.
After a lot of time in the word and prayer, I am learning to find peace in whatever the circumstance. Today I was reminded of one of my very favorite verses, the same verse I was reminded of the week before I left and a few days ago when we felt unsettled about traveling north to Gulu.
Philippians 4:4 "Rejoice in the lord ALWAYS, I will say it again: REJOICE! Do not be anxious about anything, in everything, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace that transcends all understanding will guard your hearts and minds in Christ Jesus. "
So I will rest in the Lord and his plan for this little boy. I know just as his word says, I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me!! I ask that you would all join me in prayer for this little boy. Most importantly that Gods will would be done whatever that should be, and that he would follow the Lord all the days of his life. Thank you God for choosing me to pray for him!!
Ryen, I am really really missing my little snugglebug, but at the same time really enjoying my time here in Jinja. I got to ride my first boda boda (bicycle) today. It was a blast!! We have encountered some of the most beautiful children, Ryen I know you would love playing with them! I saw a little white girl getting into a big truck today with her dad and was reminded of you and reminded that I believe God has given Daddy and I a desire to do missions work, and how excited I am to see that plan fulfilled one day. I know you will do amazing work for the Lord one day. Take good care of Peyton and give her lots of hugs and kisses from mommy!! By the way you would love all the birds, frogs, and bugs here. I Love you to the moon and back angel bear!! Love, Mommy
Jordan, I just want to thank you, you are so good to me. What a blessing this has been, it has been truly life changing. I can't wait to see what God has in store for us in the future. I feel so blessed to call you my husband and father to my beautiful girls. It makes me happy to hear you all are having such a good time together. I thank God for you every day. Thank you for all the work you are doing for our family!!! I love you more than words can say!!
I will close with a thanks to all of you who have been praying for us, what peace comes from knowing we have so many people surrounding us through prayer. I have to also thank Jenny for asking me to come. I knew God brought her and her precious family into my life for a reason. God is showing me everyday how blessed I am to have her as my sister in Christ. Words can not express how thankful I am!! I can't imagine life without my Jenny!! Her smile and love for the lord are contagious!! As I think of our friendship and this journey to Africa I am reminded: Two are better than one, because they have a better return for their work. So I thank God for sending us together to do this work for him. Thank you for giving us a bond that only you could have created. Christopher and Katie are so blessed to be a part of the Moore family.
Welcome! Todd and I have 3 biological children and have adopted a son and daughter from Uganda, Africa. This story is about God's love, His faithfulness, and His sovereignty. We were not expecting to adopt, but God gave us a desire so that He could fulfill it. Our hope is that He receives the glory. To read the story from the beginningclick here!
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"Faithful is He who called you and He will bring it to pass." 1 Thessalonians 5:24