Since September our family has been on this incredible journey to bring home Lucy. There have been moments of disappointment, moments of loneliness and exhaustion. It's not because we haven't had a good support system, quite the contrary really. Lots of family and friends have stepped up in huge ways to pray for and support us. I think the loneliness and exhaustion is a combination of the constant go, go, go to fund raise, organize, run and pull off each fundraiser, deliver sold or won items, pick up donations, complete paperwork, search for all the documentation required, and simply from the overwhelming amount of mental/physical/emotional energy that is expelled. And you know, life doesn't stop happening for a family in the midst of adoption. Washer and dryers stop working, AC's stop cooling, garage door openers decide to quit, unexpected bills come up, a kid decides to go to college, fundraisers for the three kids at school, team fees, field trips, work, school for momma, new job for poppa, etc. Oh and I found out the hard way, I still have to feed them every night or I am likely to have a revolt on my hands... fair warning to any parents considering adopting, little people get hangry, too.
However, as stressful as all that sounds, let me tell you what. This momma has had PEACE through out the whole process. I know, that I know that I know that God has called us to adopt Lucy, I know that I know that I know that He has made a way, I know that I know that I know that He is going to be glorified through the works of this process.
Ephesians 2:10 "For we are God's handiwork, created in Christ Jesus to do good works, which God prepared in advance for us to do."
That's amazing to me! That He saw fit these two sinners, a man and woman who are both divorced, lived in sin, made mistakes, and He decided we were worthy not only of being SAVED, of REDEMPTION through His Son, Jesus. But He thought we were worthy and through Him, capable of bringing another child into our home to love on. He gave us Rebeka, with all her special needs and I believe now in hindsight that He gave her to us because He knew we would love her in spite of all the medical concerns, she is our daughter. But I see now that it was part of a larger plan, His plan for us to not fear the unknown that special needs brings, a plan to break down our preconceived notions about people with disabilities, a plan to help us to see the child behind the diagnosis. Why?
Because, how could we live James 1:27 with the child He knit together in her biological mother's womb for us if we could not put aside the fear, the stigma, the diagnosis?
James 1:27 "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."
To say that I am overwhelmed with feelings of awe that He would think us worthy of such a task is just not descriptive enough. To say that I feel humbled that He would choose us for Lucy out of the billions of people of this planet, that He would move so clearly and mightily in our lives, just leaves me speechless and without breath.
And now, the most amazing part of this story so far. And yes, I'm crying right now. From the first day I have been saying it, this is so much bigger than our little adoption. There is nothing special about us in comparison to other families going through the process. Nothing. We are ordinary, every day people. We struggle with finances, we struggle with parenting, we struggle with relationships. So it just blows my mind that we get to SEE what Ephesians 2:10 was talking about, we get to see what part of the work that God prepared for us to do actually is!
My amazing friend and sister in Christ, Gina, has a beautiful ministry, Worship At The Waves. She began it after the Lord pressed on her that she was to travel from one beach location to another, and minister to the lost through music. Let me tell you, when the sun is going down, the gorgeous colors of the sunset and the wondrous endlessness of the ocean are before you as you're lifting up your voices and arms to our Heavenly Father, you will understand and feel worship!
Gina came to me the other day and over a cup of coffee God revealed to us both the next phase for Worship At The Waves and the Fleites Family Adoption. He clearly presented the location and the plan. We both got very excited (as did Yudith who was home early) and did our praying separately. Gina went to the location God presented and asked if they would allow a "Worship At The Garden" event to benefit Lucy's adoption. The owner agreed immediately! And she's donating the venue!
An opportunity to reach hundreds of people through worship! The perfect setting for ministering to the lost and reminding them that they are loved! The perfect setting to introduce them to our daughter, so far away that doesn't know she is so very loved! By a family and most importantly, by God, who sees her as precious a child as He sees us. I can't wait to spend an evening just reveling in that knowledge with all our loved ones!
So here is the big reveal!!!
WORSHIP AT THE garden:
YOU ARE LOVED BENEFIT FOR LUCY
JUNE 16, 2016
6:30 PM TO 9:30 PM
INFORMATION BOOTH ON ADOPTION
More details to follow!!! We have the date and times confirmed, but we're still working on the catering. I'll update as we receive confirmation from vendors! If you would like to be added to our event invitation page, please click on the following link:
Please be in prayer for our adoption, for our event, and for the lives that will be touched that night!
Thank you to the Shabby Chic Barn for the amazing donation to help our adoption! Please check out their website and consider them for your next event! Let them know Gina at Worship At The Waves is how you heard about them!