What a ride this has been!

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Visitors:  Thank you for visiting.  We are humbled and honored you have somehow found your way to our site.   This blog started as a way to share our journey to adopt a little four-year old boy in Ghana, Africa.  However, this journey has led us down an unexpected path for us to learn more about God.  You may have different views about who God is, or if he even exists.  For whatever reason, you found us!  Check out our family video’s and pics from around the world.  We would love to hear from you and answer any of your questions.  Rcall4him@gmail.com.

Friends and family:   Take a look around.  We have added several new pages.  The discipleship page contains links to men who have poured into me into a variety of different ways.  There is a new recommended reading list.  We are also developing ways you can impact the world, one life at a time through various organizations via our website.
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What a ride this has been!  We have been on this incredible journey for almost eleven months.  Honestly, we thought this chapter would be over and Emmanuel would be home by now.  However, God knows the perfect time and how this story will end.  I have truly grown spiritually throughout this process in variety of different ways!  The main question is do I trust him?  If I trust him, why I am worried about something I have zero control over. In our microwave society, we want things when and how we want them.  In those moments, we miss the opportunity to see God for who he is.  We quote scriptures about trust, without truly understanding the context.  

For example, Jeremiah 29:11 
 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Yet, when we read those passages…we already know how we expect God to answer.  We know the answer, we know how and we want it now!

Now, read it in context… 
4 This is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says to all those I carried into exile from Jerusalem to Babylon: 5Build houses and settle down; plant gardens and eat what they produce. 6 Marry and have sons and daughters; find wives for your sons and give your daughters in marriage, so that they too may have sons and daughters. Increase in number there; do not decrease. 7 Also, seek the peace and prosperity of the city to which I have carried you into exile. Pray to the LORD for it, because if it prospers, you too will prosper.” 8 Yes, this is what the LORD Almighty, the God of Israel, says: “Do not let the prophets and diviners among you deceive you. Do not listen to the dreams you encourage them to have. 9 They are prophesying lies to you in my name. I have not sent them,” declares the LORD.10 This is what the LORD says: “When seventy years are completed for Babylon, I will come to you and fulfill my good promise to bring you back to this place. 11 For I know the plans I have for you,” declares the LORD, “plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. 12 Then you will call on me and come and pray to me, and I will listen to you. 13 You will seek me and find me when you seek me with all your heart. 14 I will be found by you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back from captivity.[b] I will gather you from all the nations and places where I have banished you,” declares the LORD, “and will bring you back to the place from which I carried you into exile.”

God told them build houses, plant gardens, get married and have children because it was going to be seventy years before he moved them.  

What an incredible picture of how God answers every prayer.The journey leads us to on a path which uncovers the character of God. 

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