Well....not much change around the Lemons' household this week. Amy's still feeling better each day. Yesterday it was mainly Tyenol, which is a big step from prescription pain meds! We go in to Dr Barnett's office on Thursday to hopefully get Amy's stitches out. She's really done well! I've been very impressed....really tired....but really impressed!
So it's been a blessed week so far! I'm looking forward to getting back into my teaching role tomorrow night with our students at Fellowship. Just being off one week was killing me! Amy even made the comment yesterday that she felt guilty for staying home from school this week! I kind of understand why I felt bad missing last week, but every one in a while she needs a reminder that she had this minor surgery they call a craniotomy barely over a week ago! For crying out loud, half of last week she spent flying high with Bob Marley I'm pretty sure! She never takes pain medicine so it was fun to watch while it lasted.
So Amy's doing well...really well! God's been very very good to us! Now on to some of the not so fun news. I finally got in touch with the US Embassy yesterday and today (the one in the Congo). They have decided that J's biological father has to travel to them (all the way across the Congo) to have a face to face interview. There's good and bad here. The Congo has tons of corruption! There have been a lot of children adopted and trafficked from Congo that shouldn't have been. So we truly appreciate the Embassy's desire to do diligence with adoptions. However, our agency has been so incredibly thorough, there is a war going on where J's bio dad lives, and we had originally been told that a phone call would likely be enough.
So you can imagine the disappointment today when we were told her bio dad must come in for a face to face interview. We are praying that our lawyer will be able to get in touch with him today or tomorrow morning. There is a flight on Thursday that he could be on, and we could settle all of this before Christmas if that worked out. So there's a HUGE prayer request from the Lemons' home to you. This is truly the last step in our adoption! I feel like we've said this a thousand times already, but this one is truly it! The biggest issue is getting a hold of a man that likely has no phone, lives in one of the most impoverished areas of one of the most impoverished countries on planet earth. That should be a fun task!
I wanted to write all of this today because a thought from Sunday's message really stuck with me. We read from one of my favorite chapters in all of Scripture, Hebrews 11. It's a chapter I've thought about a lot over the past few months and it was good preparation for what this week, and these past months, have had in store. Sometimes we get so wrapped up in our little world....and to be honest, we are really good at throwing pity parties for ourselves!
Don't get me wrong, what Amy and I have faced the past few months has been a big deal. Some of the things you may be facing right now may truly be huge obstacles in your faith/life. But Hebrews 11 reminds me that the things we face are so temporary. It's a reminder of the hope to come...and that God has provided something better for those of us who trust in Him. So I want to leave you with those verses today, and hope that maybe they'll lean heavy on your heart this week. Regardless of what life throws your way, we know the Maker of the day. And all of the things we struggle through and face in life, are opportunities to remind those around us how amazing our God truly is. So some good news and some frustrating news for us today....but when we lay our head down on our pillows tonight, we want you to know we're rejoicing because God is good...regardless of what we face....He's so very good!
Hebrews 11: 35-40
And what more shall I say? For time would fail me to tell of Gideon, Barak, Samson, Jephthah, of David and Samuel, and the prophets, who through faith conquered kingdoms, enforced justice, obtained promises, stopped the mouths of lions, quenched the power of fire, escaped the edge of the sword, were made strong our of weakness, became mighty in war, put foreign armies to flight.
Women received back their dead by resurrection. Some were tortured, refusing to accept release, so that they might rise again to a better life. Others suffered mocking and flogging, and even chains and imprisonment. They were stoned, they were sawn in two, they were killed with the sword. They went about in skins of sheep and goats, destitute, afflicted, mistreated--of whom the world was not worthy--wandering about in the deserts and mountains, and in dens and caves of the earth. And all these, though commended through their faith, did not receive what was promised, since God had provided something better for us, that apart from us they should not be made perfect.
Whatever you're facing today...it may be big....but I promise it's a chance to bring glory to God!