Today I am linking up with Amy over at Filled with Praise for My Week In Review...sharing our highs, lows and lessons learned each week.What a great opportunity to be reminded of how blessed we truly are.
Ya'll feel free to link up, too! As a special bonus this week, Poppie Lane has partnered with Amy for a giveaway! She's another adoptive momma...who is basking in the smiles and joys of her little guy who just recently came home!!
So without further ado:
This Monday at 6pm, my project team will present our final research project to the Dean of the college, Program Faculty, Faculty Project Sponsor, Classmates, and Families.
It couldn't come soon enough. Finishing a master's degree is no small feat [Trust me] but I am so thankful that I did it now!! I have so many projects I want to finish, gardens that need weeding, dishes that need baking, and a house that needs cleaning! Things that-- for the majority of the past 18 months-- have taken a serious backseat to grad. school and adoption preparations.
Needless to say, I am thrilled to have this behind me! We officially walk on May 7th but after Monday night? We are finished!
I can't even begin to express my grief and heaviness for the Japanese people. I've cried so many times looking at the pictures of destruction and loss. Families separated, desperate to find their deepest loved ones. Resilient to keep looking. Hopeful that their reunions are coming.....
And this is so far from over. I know the power of prayers...and yet sometimes it doesn't feel like enough. I think we all wish we could fix this for them....
The words to a song came to my mind as I looked through the most recent photos of Japan.
There is no pit too deep, that Jesus cannot reach
There is sorrow to strong, that it would overtake his beloved one.
I don't have any idea what they are going through. But I am confident that Christ is with them and that He can comfort them in their deepest sorrow. I pray that even now, they are feeling His comfort and peace...
“May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” - Romans 15:13
My hope comes from him. He has made us more than conquerors, yes (Roman 8:37)...But no one conquered without first engaging in a battle. Sometimes, I want to quit fighting...Sometimes I wonder "Why, God, has this been my path?", but in the end, I want to be the conqueror....and I will never be that, if I quit fighting today.
So I am trusting in Him and I am thankful for supernatural hope given by the Holy Spirit. Yes, it's these things that give me strength to persevere!
So there you have it...My FIRST Week In Review!