Monday, October 18, 2010


Some cool people I know ran in the Kansas City Marathon this past weekend for a really good cause--For the Silent.  Some other cool people I know ran simply because they are gluttons for punishment love to run. 

Getting our dossier to China is my marathon.  And I've been feeling lately like I'm just not going to make it to the end.   If you saw me at church Sunday morning looking all loopy and distracted and emotional, it's because my brain was roiling with the details of my to-do lists and some recently-encountered glitches in our adoption process.  (Easily fixable glitches, I might add, but that didn't stop me from getting all worked up about them.) 

I read these verses the other day: 

 ...Let us run with endurance the race that is set before us, fixing our eyes on Jesus, the author and perfecter of faith, who for the joy set before Him endured the cross...Hebrews 12:1-2 (NASB)

For the first time I put the emphasis on the word "us," as in, "the race that is set before US."   We each have need of endurance for a race that is individual and unique.  I needn't try to run anyone else's race, at least not in the exact same way.  As I fix my eyes on Jesus, He perfects me and equips me for the life He's called me to lead.  And I look to Him as a model of perfect perseverance, knowing there is a great joy set before me.  I woke up this morning with a fresh resolve to remain. at. peace

People with their minds set on you,
   you keep completely whole,
steady on their feet,
   because they keep at it and don't quit.
Depend on God and keep at it
   because in the Lord God you have a sure thing.  (Isaiah 26:3-4, The Message)

And now for the nitty-gritty details...

After talking to my friend Carolyn, who is also adopting a child from China, I discovered that the notary wording on our medical forms was wrong and would get rejected by the Secretary of State.  This led me to the realization that several other documents would have been rejected for the same reason, had I already had them notarized (I hadn't).  I am so thankful that God gave me the heads-up on this now--so that I don't have to go back and have a bunch of documents re-notarized.  I did have to return our forms to the doctor's office this morning to have them notarized correctly, and they are now safe and cozy in my adoption paperwork file!

More good news:  We got our fingerprint appointment notices!!!  The odd thing is our appointments (V's and mine) are 13 days apart.  But we live two miles from the USCIS office and plan to walk in ahead of schedule (maybe this week?) to speed up the process.  

Upon returning from the doctor's office, I wasn't all that surprised to see those notices in my mailbox today...just a little token of God's love for me. 

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