JUST ONE

Written by Deborah.


4.22.04; updated 3.25.09

Just One with Commitment

I know God is love.

And we have known and believed the love that God hath to us. God is love; and he that dwelleth in love dwelleth in God, and God in Him.  I John 4:16

I know He provides mercy and gives grace to help in time of need.

Let us therefore, come boldly unto the throne of grace, that we may obtain mercy, and find grace to help in time of need.  Hebrews 4:6

I know God hears the prayers of His people.

I sought the Lord, and he heard me, and delivered me from all my fears.  Psalm 34:4

I know God isn't moved by pleading, begging, whining, having hissy fits, fist shaking or complaining.

God moves when His people believe.

But without faith, it is impossible to please Him; for he that cometh to God must believe that He is and that He is a rewarder of them that diligently seek Him.  Hebrews 11:6

I know righteous prayer brings God's deliverance.

The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much.  James 5:16b KJV

The earnest, heartfelt, continued prayer of a righteous man makes tremendous power available, dynamic in its working.  James 5:16b J.B. Phillips

We win the victory when we remain faithful, relying upon God's strength. We can choose to remain faithful and make a commitment to endure, until we have His victory. Or we can choose to quit. There's no fence riding with the things of God. 

In April 2003, I made a full commitment to pray specifically for pregnancies within our Christian Adoption Family. Not a few pregnancies, but LOTS of successful pregnancies and deliveries.

In May 2003, I announced to a group of Christian Adoption couples that I was EXPECTING great deliverance for our Christian Adoption Family in multiple ways, including multiple pregnancies and deliveries.

In June 2003, I made a list of Christian Adoption couples to specifically pray for, for successful pregnancies and deliveries.

In August 2003, I added more Christian Adoption couples to the list.

In January 2004, I redefined and added more Christian Adoption couples to the list.

I began to consistently, earnestly and excitedly anticipate God's answers to my prayers.

I remained committed and He began answering.

Am I perfect? No. Am I so unique that God gives me special audience? No. Do I have all the answers? No. Do I have most of life figured out? No. Am I without sin? No. Have I evidenced a successful pregnancy and delivery? No. Do I pray for this for myself? No.

But it doesn't matter if I've succeeded or failed; what matters is that God's promises are true and His Word comes to pass in the lives of those that believe.

I was and remain committed and I expect results.

Has everyone on my list become successfully pregnant and delivered? No.

But Christ Jesus our Lord hasn't come back yet, so I'm not quitting.

Why do I pray for these Christian Adoption couples in particular? Iím not sure, I just do. Is my list definitive? No. Am I solely responsible for the successful pregnancy and delivery of every Christian Adoption couple? No. Do my prayers affect the successful pregnancy and delivery of our Christian Adoption Family? Yes.

I was and remain committed and I expect results.

And thatís what God looks for, committed ones that expect His results.

So, Christian Adoption Family, Iím not surprised, but rather Iím thrilled and thankful for every new pregnancy announcement. What we've witnessed in deliverance, is merely the tip of the spiritual iceberg! There's so much more to come!

How do I know that?

Because I'm committed and I expect results.

Deborah

[From 4.03-4.09: over 36 Christian Adoption couples have been blessed by successful pregnancies and deliveries. When the web site remake is done, I'll list all the families with their Family Index links. To God be the glory!]

Christian Adoption Family responses to Just One with Commitment...

"What a message! It took a couple days to get it. My initial reaction was jealousy and unfairness. Why didn't I get pregnant when we were a waiting Christian Adoption couple, even though we were "matched"! Then I wondered if I was on the list. Probably every waiting Christian Adoption couple hopes they're on that list! I changed my selfish thinking and decided to pray for this special list of Christian Adoption couples. But I must admit, I've had difficulty rejoicing with some of the pregnant Christian Adoption couples. I've pondered my thinking and have concluded that it's due to my lack of faith. I've doubted God's ability and willingness to answer my prayers. Rather than wait for all of my heart's desires to be fulfilled, I'm choosing to stand firm in the faith while praying for others. It's amazing how quickly jealousy flees when I rest in His loving provision for me! Iím grateful for your selfless love for all the Christian Adoption women. But more than that I see a mini-George Muller who wants to testify to everyone that God loves us and He answers our prayers, if we persevere. The point isn't who gets pregnant or who adopts first or who has the most kids in the shortest amount of time. The point is:

Do we stand firm in faith for who He has placed on our hearts?

Do we stand firm waiting for an answer to our prayers without longing for someone else's answer?

Do we love Him, trust Him, honor Him, and believe Him enough to wait for His deliverance?

The choice is ours. His guidance is different for each of His children. His answers are unique for every one of us.

It took awhile but I get it! This has really encouraged me!"

ALSO...

"My mother in law came to visit and we told her how we knew God would answer our prayers. She said, 'I canít figure out how you know that when you have nothing to show for it.' I explained that we claim God's promises and we speak them into being. We have faith in God. We trust Him and we donít care what anyone thinks about us. As a result, God is delivering! We've moved to a new place mentally. I remember when we first came online with Christian Adoption, I felt desperate. I wanted to be "matched" NOW, NOW, NOW! I tried to make anything and everything work for us. My thinking was, 'Whatever it takes, get my baby to me NOW!' I thought I was ready because of our journey before we came to Christian Adoption. I realize now, that we were SO not ready. We were far from being prepared mentally, spiritually, and physically. Little did we know that God had so much more in store for us: a new home, new perspectives, new dreams, new goals, new plans, new mindsets, new relationships with family, a deeper relationship with Him, a new level of trust, a greater hope, a better understanding about adoption, birth families, and ourselves. And we've made such awesome friends (for life) within the Christian Adoption Family! We donít receive our answers until weíre ready. And we don't know when we're ready, until we've traveled our journey. Itís truly a journey. We suggest that all new couples that come online with Christian Adoption should: Pack your bags! Because you're going to start traveling from, 'Yeah, we're prepared!', to 'Dear Lord, thank you for your patience with us!'  We don't arrive when we become parents, we just travel down new paths in our journey. Weíve become more mature spiritually and we're standing tall as prayer warriors for our Christian Adoption Family."

God doesn't call the equipped, He equips the called.

Just One with Commitment


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