The Five of Us, Spring 2014

The Five of Us, Spring 2014

Bragging a Bit

I just have to brag on my God one more time (actually, I'm pretty sure this won't be the last time!). Monday night was a very, very bad night. Before going to bed, I grabbed my bottle of "Simply Sleep" and swallowed the last two remaining pills.

Tuesday morning, I reminded myself 15 times to buy more before the evening. Around 11:30 AM, in the middle of the 16th mental note, I heard God saying, "Child, will you trust Me with your sleep?"

Now, I teach my children to obey, "Right Away, All the Way, and With a Happy Heart." Unfortunately, I'm not so good at it myself. My response was more like, "WHAT?! You want to take away my drugs NOW?!" I thought about how He was giving me strength and hope for the future and felt Him whisper, "If I can give you all that, can't I give you peace and rest too?"

"Alright. But I have to go out anyway tomorrow, so we'll just see how tonight goes, okay?"

Friends, and e-stalkers, He is patient beyond belief! More good and kind and generous than we know. I have not bought more sleeping pills. I have not even been tempted to. I've gone to bed at a reasonable hour every night this week, without a tumult of thoughts and idle-problem-solving assaulting me. I've slept through the night and woken at a reasonable hour in the morning. I haven't had nightmares (although I did dream about bridesmaid's dress shopping one night!) and haven't woken in the night.

When will I ever learn to respond to those quiet, gentle questions with a strong, loud, "Yes, Father!"?!


Tarah said...

:) I love it Rae. Thanks for sharing!!!

Don't you just love good sleep??

Tanya said...

Always taken care of, always loved, even in the details:)

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  • 9/24/08 Home study update home visit for Ghana adoption
  • 10/15/08 Dossier sent to AOHG
  • 10/15/08 I600A application sent to USCIS
  • 10/30/08 First heard about possible domestic private adoption
  • 11/18/08 Last spoke with contact about possible domestic adoption; expected to hear back about meeting with birthmother
  • 12/3/08 Withdrew application from AOHG
  • 1/6/09 Found out another family had been chosen for possible domestic adoption
  • 1/21/09 USCIS fingerprinting appointment
  • 1/8/09 Received USCIS fingerprinting appointment notice
  • 4/11/09 Sent Pre-Application to Covenant Care Adoptions for Domestic Infant Adoption program
  • 6/8/09 Social worker visit to update home study from International to Domestic
  • 7/24/09 Received completed home study update
  • 8/25/09 Went "on the list" for birthfamilies to choose from
  • 4/28/10 Found out a birth mom had chosen us
  • 5/8/10 Met the birth mom
  • 5/11/10 Got the call that birth mom changed her mind
  • 5/19/10 Birth mom's scheduled c-section
  • 11/30/10 Visit from DSS sw about foster parenting
  • 11/30/10 Got the call that another birth mom had chosen us
  • 12/21/10 Met with the birth mom
  • 1/15/11 @1:42 PM BB was born!
  • 1/19/11 ICPC (interstate) paperwork sent to GA for approval
  • 1/31/11 ICPC Clearance Approved
  • 2/10/11 Placement Ceremony and Pup comes home!!!!
  • 8/3/11 It's Official! Pup's Adoption Decree was issued