Monday, December 10, 2007

Biblical Hope



"Biblical Hope is the belief that God has not forsaken us."
-Lloyd Shadrach

That's what I'm clutching today...Biblical hope. It's more than just wishing and crossing our fingers. Lindsey found out late last night that TOMORROW (Tues Dec 11) Guatemala is planning to make a statement about who gets to be grandfathered-in and continue in the adoption process. The predominant rumor is that only those cases who are in PGN (a Guatemala specific stage in the process) will be allowed to continue. We are not yet in PGN. We don't know what this might mean. PLEASE PRAY. I just pray "Jesus have mercy." I am confident that we've been following His call in obedience. Our sermon yesterday at church was all about how Risk is involved in Faith- man how we have seen that! If you've read much of our blog you've heard us talk about that! Hope...Risk...Faith...Prayer

I keep thinking of this quote by Brennan Manning
"To live without risk is to risk not living."

And to further quote our pastor Lloyd Shadrach:
“It turns out, living with Biblical hope y'all is riskier than we’ve been thinking about. It will get us into predicaments that we would not choose for ourselves in a million years. It may cost us dearly, in ways that quite frankly we may not be ready to pay...Biblical hope compels us to make risky plans.”

Thank you for praying for Eliana, the many other orphans in peril in Guatemala right now, and for Lindsey and I- that we keep Biblical hope.

-Chris

31 comments:

Ashley said...

My prayers are with you! (and with all Guatemalan adoptions)

Schroders said...

We are so feeling you guys right now! We have been busy writing our congressmen to help us get through INS and an I171h in our hands, or whosever hands it needs to be in.
still praying...

The Heinrichs said...

I am praying this is a HUGE RUMOR!!! We cannot imagine having to wait any longer to our precious little girl home!

Deanna

ali said...

continuing to pray and lift you guys up, i know that He has great things planned here and there is no doubt that he alone has been glorified in you guys.

jajbs said...

I am sitting here with tears streaming down my face. I am in prayer for all of you Mommies and Daddies still waiting. God is a BIG God and moves in the darkest of circumstances. I pray He brings you comfort and peace as you continue to trust in the path He has led you on.

love to both of you and your precious little ones you await to bring home,

amanda and jeff and jake and bella

Rachel said...

Praying for you and for all the others adopting from Guatemala.

Jami said...

Lord Jesus - please fill Chris and Lindsey with your peace and please work in their adoption case! I pray that they will be grandfathered in along with the many other in process cases! Please WORK MIGHTILY LORD! We love you!

In Jesus Name,
Amen

I love you guys and will continue to pray!!!!!!

Matthew and Suzanne said...

I'm praying for you.

nikki said...

I'll be praying and hanging on to biblical hope for you all!

Jon & Michelle said...

Chris and Lindsey,
We are praying all of this works out. It has to. It makes no sense not to. All three of you will be in our thoughts and prayers tomorrow. Please let us know what happens.
Michelle & Jon

Russ, Katie and Eliot said...

Wow. Praying!

ManyBlessings said...

I know you are scared. Holding you close tomorrow as you await news. ((HUGS))
d

Janice said...

Dear Lindsey and Chris.....

Praying for you and all the wonderful parents who are awaiting their adorable lil ones...

If they have to make any kind of decision - I just hope they "grandfather" everyone who has started the process.

Always keeping you and those two beautiful baby girls in my thoughts and prayers...

janice

Lisa Johnson said...

I know first hand God can do big things. I am praying that He does this in your life tomorrow! I pray God will bring peace and grandfather your case in.

emily said...

Praying for you guys- for all of the precious orphans in Guatemala, especially your Eliana!!

Jess said...

Please Lord, place the BEST welfare of these children on the hearts of the Guatemalan Congress today. Please do not allow these children to be away from their families while the adoption system changes. Please Father, make it possible for Eliana to come home in 2008!

Lindsey, thanks for the reminder on our blog!

Terry said...

Waiting anxiously to hear what is decided today and praying that it will be what is in the best interest of the children and families that are waiting for them.

Terry

Anonymous said...

Chris & Lindsey-
I am crying and praying out loud for you and ellie. You are doing an amazing thing by following God's calling and you will be rewarded. joe and I are honored to know you and witness all the "risks" you are taking on your little girls behalf. You are awesome parents!
Love Joe & Brooke Mabry

Lou said...

Chris and Lindsey,
I am praying that GOOD news comes from Guatemala regarding the grandfathered in cases. We all know that God finishes what He starts, and I BELIEVE He will send these children HOME! I am praying for strength for the both of you. Adopting Anne Pearce was the HARDEST thing I have ever gone through and required more faith that I ever imagined. Just from reading your blog I can see what faithful people you truly are, and I BELIEVE God will bless you for your faithfulness!

Amanda said...

Lindsey and Chris,
I cannot imagine what your hearts are going through right now. I know that God has brought you to this decision of adoption and He is going to see you through every step. I will continue to pray more...please let me know if there is anything I can do for you guys. I am trusting and believing with you guys...I am also going to add you to a prayer email chain that I am a part of.
Love you guys!

-Gurske Adoption- said...

Our Prayers are with you. I love the comment about the risks we take and the fact that we may not even know what is on the other end. It is totally true, however I always believe there is a reason "why" even though we "risk."

Following your blog is very inspiring :-) Hold that faith as HIGH as you Can (although I think you already are!)

Whitney said...

It's the only hope we have on this adventure!

Praying for you all and the Guat government today!

Anonymous said...

We are lifting you up in prayer!
Much Love,
Sydney & Tom

McBrides said...

I am praying for you brother!!! My heart breaks for you both, but I know the Lord will work in a mighty way. Where His spirit guides, He will be there to carry you through.

Kay said...

Linds & Chris,
I am praying for you today. The picture of Eliana's precious little hand in yours reminds me of Isaiah 41:13: "I am the Lord your God, who holds your right hand, and I tell you, 'Don't be afraid. I will help you.'" This is my prayer for you......that you will know He is holding your hand as you walk through this difficult process.......and He is still in control!! I pray you will be surrounded with His peace and His presence.

I love you both so much......
Mom

Anonymous said...

I having been praying on my knees and out loud for you guys today! You are amazing parents and your girls are so lucky to have yall fighting so hard on their behalf. You are following God's will and you will be reward - I am sure of it. Joe & I are honored to be able to witness yall taking the "risks" in this hard walk of life. cant wait to meet this awesome baby girl
Love Joe & Brooke Mabry

Tracy said...

I am right there with you guys! I'm standing on Biblical hope as well. God is holding us, we will be on the other side of this mountain one day.

Tracy

emily said...

any news???

Guatmama said...

We are on the ride with you. Our POA is registered and DNA done, but not ready for PGN with you. We too believe that God would not have lead us to this point, without a plan to carry us through. Our Joseph is 4 months.
Visit us at guat-mama.blogspot.com

Nicole said...

I have stumbled upon your web site and have been reading it religiously. I do feel the heartache as we have been trying to adopt a 13 year old girl from Rwanda and government issues has stopped us. Please feel free to tag along on our ride also. My blog is www.fourskibums.blogpot.com. My heart and prayers are with you both. Remeber God is bigger than we can even imagine. Have faith as we continue to.

Kristen Borland said...

we are praying too! if it's not one thing, it's another. we are so close to PGN, but not yet there, and are waiting on pins and needles to find out about our case specifically.

dearest Lord, please give us all patience and peace. Your will is perfect. gives us the ability to conform ourselves to it and rejoice in Your good work. if it be Your will, bring all of our little ones home quickly.