we only need….

$35,000.00….

$27,000.00…..

$18,000.00….

$12,000.00….

$9,000.00 ….

$1,500.00….

This past summer the countdown was on. It was a countdown of days, but it was also a countdown of dollars. When you’re adopting it’s hard not to think in terms of days and dollars when you think about what is separating you from your child(ren).  It’s also hard not to imagine situations that would eliminate those barriers and bring you closer to holding that precious little one.

Mine was “if every single Facebook friend of mine would just give $15, that’s only 2-3 trips to Starbucks, then my two babies will have a home and we can go get them so very soon”  In my mind, I mean who wouldn’t give up a few cups of coffee to give a homeless starving child a family who will love them and provide for them. But it’s innocent thoughts such as mine that often get us into trouble and cause us a lot of unrest, lack of peace, tension, and stress. You see, that was MY idea for providing for this journey that GOD had placed us on. My problem was thinking that my logic was going to be what produced the provision needed and was going to be what strengthened my faith.  People…. that’s NOT how God works most of the time.

If every friend had given just a little bit then that would have robbed a lot of people from  sacrificial giving that God was asking of them and would bless them for. If every friend had given just a little bit then I might have thought it was my friendliness that brought the provision we needed. If every friend had given just a little bit then maybe the bigness of what was needed might have been minimized and not brought often to the throne room of God.

Can he use our ideas, our efforts, our sacrifices, YES!! But we need to take caution if we turn to those things and start to rely on them to fully fund and provide for this adoption. Not that God can’t do that. But that often it’s not the case. Often our goals aren’t met in ways we were imagining they would be. Often there are people out there who don’t give or don’t get involved that in the back of your mind you knew would. But on the other side of that coin so very often God uses people whom we might not even have ever met or known to bless us and help provide for a child that they just heard about or that God put on their hearts.

“God’s work done God’s way will never lack God’s supply.” That’s a quote by Hudson Taylor that I grew up hearing my Dad repeat on several occasions. And coming from a man who raised 9 children…. it means a whole bunch to me today.  Because it’s true.

But hear that, it won’t lack God’s money “supply”. So, when you’re sitting there frustrated that so and so isn’t giving the money that she or he obviously has, or you’re wondering why family members aren’t selling all they have to bring their new nice or nephew or grandchild home, or you’re confused that the masses aren’t giving up a cup of coffee for something so much greater….. just remember.  Our ways aren’t like His ways.  Let HIM show off His powerfulness and all knowing provision by providing in the ways HE wants to.  Remember, He sees all things and knows all things, so bringing your child home isn’t the only thing He has in mind when He’s working on your adoption’s behalf. He is working in the life of the giver, the receiver, the observer, the skeptic, the prayer warrior, the relative, the orphanage, the nations, the world.  He is working to humble, to bless, to sanctify, to purge, to strengthen, to comfort, to amaze, to press, to convict, to change, to love all of those people in ways we never could make happen on our own or in our own ways of thinking or planning.

It’s not that we aren’t voices for the helpless in how we ask people to be a part of something amazing and something urgent… but may we never beg as though we ourselves are helpless and may we never believe that the future of the orphan somehow depends on our friends, or family, or our blog readers. God may use them to be a part of something amazing and much bigger than themselves…. ultimately, it’s God who will put the lonely into families and it’s God who owns the cattle on a thousand hills.

We do have a Helper. We have someone that the future of the orphan and the future of us all depends on with every breath.

Trust Him. Be not afraid. Just rely on Him and know that He will provide in His timing.  (and trust also that His timing sometimes doesn’t look like ours either.)

It’s easy sometimes as mommies and daddies to wring our hands and worry our hearts over our babies who are clinging to life by a thread or are in hospitals fighting disease or are wearing rags or are at the mercy of their broken government. But know this. Our God isn’t wringing his hands. He knows intimately what is going on over there with every single person. He knows when governments will shut down, He knows when malaria will break out. He knows where your dossier is. He knows. And He cares.

While you may still need a massive amount of money, or may need the calendar days to go by a little bit faster… or slower… but  never forget that all you or I truly need is God.

one way to really get your kids involved in saving for an adoption is to have a money jar… Jack and Zoe STILL run around everytime they find a penny or a quarter wanting to put it into the “congo baby jar”  Now, this might not make a dent into what you actually need financially, but I think you’ll find that it will impact your kids lives for years to come and make them a part of this incredible journey of adoption. And I think it’s another way that we make it not about the money but about what God is wanting to do in and through us and our family in this experience.  

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Marcie StrattonMarch 27, 2012 - 8:36 pm

Casey,
I learned of your story right after Asher’s birth. My sister, Dena, had just started attending Open Door when you had gone into labor. She immediately called us here in California to start praying for your family. She linked us to your blog. I prayed fervently for the Chappell Family. My sister, not knowing you, felt she and her husband could best serve you at Asher’s funeral by working in the nursery. I have followed your blog ever since. I was even able to counsel a young woman in our church, through your blog, who was unmarried and lost her baby at 36 weeks. Amazing healing. Even though we have not been able to support your adoption process financially, please know there are many of us here in California who have praying without ceasing during your adoption process. Praise to Jesus! Your family blesses us all! Your example never ceases to amaze me.
Love form the west coast,
Marcie

LaurenMarch 21, 2012 - 2:02 am

I came over from Fabulous K and you were the comment before me :)
ANd how wonderful is it that you are a woman of God!!!
Such a GOd thing…
excited to read more about you and your blog!

kelliMarch 19, 2012 - 8:32 am

I love your heart…I struggle with many of these same things as we raise support to go into full-time missions. I have had the same “coffee” thought about my friends.
Thanks for sharing.Praying for you sweet friend!

Kelley NixMarch 19, 2012 - 7:41 am

I love you… and your sweet heart….and your babies… and the babies I want…

Hugs and tears and wishes for a cup of coffee together soon! ;)

CherylMarch 19, 2012 - 7:38 am

I love this. In so many ways and for so many reasons.

Rachel OwensMarch 18, 2012 - 2:32 pm

Thanks for such timely words of wisdom. I am sure I will need to refer to this again as the months continue to pass. Thank you for going before us and letting God use your faith to help us have faith that HE CAN PROVIDE!

desireeMarch 17, 2012 - 1:56 pm

This is beautiful and perfect. I was wringing my hands earlier this week (were this weeks give one same one family) as to why not many were giving, why the same people were giving….I needed God to speak to me and He reminded me that this week for us was less about he money and more about sharing our story. When I looked at it like that I felt blessed that we were able to share our story and somehow the money started to come in too…. Thank you for this sweet reminder as we end our fundraising. It took a lot to get here, but we were able to share A LOT along the way!

LaurenMarch 17, 2012 - 1:22 pm

I so needed to read this today!!! THANK YOU!!!! As we scrimp and save and fundraise our hearts out for this second international adoption in 2 years… I can get discouraged. Thank you for reminding me that God has it all under control. His will… His timing… His funding. :)

LOVE that Hudson Taylor quote! Our pastor uses it a lot! :)

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