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I am a believer, a wife, a mother, a friend, a teacher and and a woman trying to daily live out a life that is no longer mine, according to Galatians 2:20.

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  1. Amen, sister–He IS good, all the time! I have recently been overwhelmed with thoughts about His timing, and how His plans are for more than just us. Sometimes something needs to happen in someone else’s life–maybe someone who we’ll never, ever see–in order for something specific to happen in our life. Our lives are for more than this, and only God knows how our lives weave with another life He perfectly created. (I’ve struggled to articulate this, and yet giving it a shot.)

    Being in the *waiting* is a hard place, yet it’s such Grace to learn how there is purpose in it.

    Rich blessings in your new journey, Danielle…

  2. This story brings joy to my heart. I work in the field of domestic adoption and I know many families that can relate to this story of faith, questioning God, patience etc. The neat thing is that God has all of our stories planned out from day one!! From the first day you saw a photo of your girls He knew the exact day you would meet them for the first time. 🙂

    My husband and I are battling some of these feelings as we go through fertility issues/treatments. I love your quote “I am good…you need greater faith. Not faith in me doing what you want me to do, but faith in My goodness despite your circumstances….” This is so very encouraging to me and I am going to concentrate on this quote as I pray this week. I know that just like your family, God has a perfect plan for my future family as well. Thank you!

  3. And as He was preparing their hearts,He was preparing the heart of their mom !!

    Love this friend and how God is using this to encourage so many!

    What a glorious picture of His grace!!

  4. Thanks for sharing this! I have some friends in Ethiopia right now. They just met their son yesterday and have their first court date today!

  5. i love the verse – i believe, help me in my unbelief….love your story. love your words. thank you so much for sharing from the heart.

  6. Thank you for sharing! I feel like God has been telling me the same thing!

    “I am good…you need greater faith. Not faith in me doing what you want me to do, but faith in My goodness despite your circumstances….”
    “You believe, but have some areas of unbelief that choke you… I can help you believe”
    “There is a purpose, one you may not fully understand, but remember you only see what is just in front of you…I see the entire picture….”

    This was amazing and a much needed reminder!

  7. Danielle,

    There is such a beautiful weight to your story. Amen, sister, to your words. Thank you for your sweet encouragement to me today ….

  8. What an amazing demonstration of faith ~ faith in Him that He would lead without providing all we need for the trip ahead.
    Your story is such a blessing!

  9. I needed exactly this. And not just today. This has been the cry of my soul for weeks, maybe months. But even though I’m a writer I couldn’t quite articulate it this well. Thank you.

    If any of you want to pray, here is what is going on. In April my Dad passed away only 7 weeks after first going to the doctor, he had bile duct cancer. In May I went on a date with a man who, though definitely not perfect, definitely held high potential. We went on two more dates a couple weeks later and then two days after that he emailed me to say he didn’t think we were a good match. There is a *great* deal more to that story than I can reasonably post here, but suffice it to say I am very confused, very hurt and very very angry. So, now I am circling around the mountain again crying out to God that “It wasn’t supposed to be like this!” Asking Him “When is it *my* turn?” Weeping and wondering “Why doesn’t anyone want me?”

    It’s a hard hard place I am in right now.

    • I am so sorry to hear about the hard time you are going through. I do know that He is good, He is enough for us….and in time He can heal even then deepest hurts. I am praying for you!!

    • LaughingMouse: I’m soooo sorry to read your reply. I’m glad her post was able to help be an encouragement to you, but please also know that others see your response and you are being lifted up in prayer to our awesome God, the only One who can dry your tears and comfort you in your sorrow. He knows the pain of rejection all too well, and wants you to come to him with this difficulty. Cry out to him and He will hear you (Jer 33:3). Let him be your solace. I’m so sorry you are going through all of this. Many prayers & love to you across the blogosphere. {hugs}

  10. I deeply, deeply appreciated this most. Not only did it really hit me hard where I’m at (not with adoption specifically, but other things in life), but it was also something I was able to forward on to good friends going through a difficult adoption process in Ethiopia as well. What an encouragement to read your relatable words!!! Thank you for sharing. Many blessings on you & those sweet girls that are finally yours!

  11. your girls are beautiful! we are waiting to bring home our sweet daughter from china, and i can relate to much of your post. it was really encouraging! i feel like we are “daily bread-ing it” as we try to come up with the neccessary funds and forms to bring her home, and i know that God is using this time to build my trust in Him. some days i feel like i am making progress and other days i feel like i fail miserably 🙂 i loved this line: “I am good…you need greater faith. Not faith in me doing what you want me to do, but faith in My goodness despite your circumstances….” thank you!