Wednesday, January 27, 2010

Praise you in the Storm

That song by Casting Crowns has all new meaning for me this week. As many of you know, I have been posting updates over the past few weeks about my dear friends Dave and Christie Hubner who have been working to adopt a little girl from Haiti for the last three years. It has been a long process! But they have been faithful to their commitment to this little girl despite all the delays with paperwork and other things outside of their control.

In the midst of the tragic earthquake that struck Haiti - they recieved word that their little girl might be arriving on a plane soon. Who knew that in the midst of the storm would come their opportunity to hold their little three year old Ila for the first time. God can make miracles out of messes and that is what hundreds of little orphans are experiencing for the first time.

Just as God has adopted us into his Kingdom and calls us his own. So many are doing the same for needy children all over the world! I am so blessed to have friends that have opened their home to a little girl and now call her their own. The other amazing thing that God does in life is he uses times of waiting to open other doors for us....You see there is more to this story! Last year while waiting for Ila's papers to go through, another little boy came up for adoption and needed a home. My friends listened and were faithful to also adopt a little boy named Jonas! Had they not been put on hold with Ila - they may have never known about Jonas - how great it is too look back and see God's faithfulness in the waiting, in the storms, and now in the Celebrations!

Pray for them as a family, their is going to be a lot of adjustments to be made, the house with be lively with young children under the age of 5, but I can't think of better parents for these children! It trully is a demonstration of God's goodness and grace! I hope that I can model that same kind of love one day!

Tuesday, January 05, 2010

The Carb Free Me

So I am back to doing my 90 day renewal - however it is being modified to also work with the Atkins Diet. This is the first time I have ever tried this diet - or healthy eating plan as I prefer to call it - let's just say it is really hard!!!! I am going through some major withdrawl - I never realized how many carbs foods had until this week. For the first two weeks you have to stay below 20 carbs a day - did you know a glass of unsweetened cranberry juice has 36 grams in one serving!!! Even carrots have carbs! Joel said that he would rather me not do this if I am going to be cranky - hmmm is he trying to tell me something. I have actually had to pray for the will power to not eat carbs! I feel like I am going through a drug withdrawl - which in essence is what is happening inside my sugar either - so I thought I would be cool and get some sugar free gummy bears - yeah - they still have 36 grams of carbs per serving!

Tonight for dinner - I made tuna salad - and ate it with celery, cheese, and pickles - that was my dinner - for dessert I had some cashews. I just want pasta!!!! Rice!!!!! Sugar!!!! Pretzels!!!! Okay now that I got that out in the open I am going to get myself a nice tall glass of water and get some work done. If you think of it - say a prayer - I know that this is good for me and will hopefully give me more energy - I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me.