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What Now?

September 22, 2006

I have not ever really thought about this until recently. At some point in what we would call history, the trinity planned a rescue. They saw what needed to be done and formed a plan. A plan that would be costly but in the end would mean rescue. Rescue for you from having no home or name or future. Rescue from just life to life abundant.


I’ve been thinking about that and how God must have felt at that point. That there was a feeling of anticipation, excitement and still a wish that the plan could work out sooner.


What has caused me to think about these things is something some of our friends know has been on our hearts for a long time now. We feel that the time is right for us to move forward on a plan to adopt a little girl from China. It is not a decision we have come lightly to. I wish in some way it was one that we immediately responded to but it was not. I worried about all sorts of things, but in the end it’s a no brainier. James made it pretty clear what pure religion is…so we have begun the process.


Will it be costly? Yes. But it will mean a little girl will have a home, she will be sought after and given a name and a future. Her future will include learning about the one that was willing to give up everything to adopt her and that’s more important that what we will sacrifice.


I know many of you will have all sorts of questions (both you who comment and those who do not). Questions such as why China and why you and why now and….


I hope those things will become apparent to you.


I ask for your prayers regarding our first decision which is choosing between two agencies. Lifeline in Birmingham and Bethany which has an office a bit closer to us.


A year or two maybe in a bible class on finances we were all given between 5 and 10 dollars to use to further God’s kingdom. Long story but we landed on using that money towards this effort. The night when we all shared how we had used the money. I read this song which still gets me.



What Now? By Steven Curtis Chapman


I saw the face of Jesus in a little orphan girl
She was standing in the corner on the other side of the world
And I heard the voice of Jesus gently whisper to my heart
Didn’t you say you wanted to find me?
Well, here I am, here you are

So, What now?
What will you do now that you found Me?
What now?
What will you do with this treasure you’ve found?
I know I may not look like what you expected
But if you’ll remember this is right where I said I would be
You’ve found me
What now?





11 Comments leave one →
  1. September 22, 2006 3:40 pm

    I am so excited! How blessed that little girl will be and in turn I know she will bless the lives of you, Kim and the boys!

  2. September 22, 2006 6:58 pm

    Wow, Tommy –

    I take a 5 second break from packing for our trip and decide to “drop by” and – well – “WOW!”

    Why am I not all THAT surprised, do you suppose? Why do I see well ahead into the future a little girl grown older who might, just might, get a little red, worn, but not worn out, New Testament to cherish as a Christian daughter?

    Maybe not. Maybe it will go to another. But when it passed from my hands to yours, it passed to good hands. Bless you, Tommy. Bless your heart!

    Love, Dee

  3. September 23, 2006 7:58 am

    I will be praying for your wish and this little girl’s future.

    In our family, the only kind of children are adopted children!

    It’s pretty much that way – with one exception – in God’s family, too.

  4. September 23, 2006 10:41 am

    Even though I never really wanted children, I’ve often thought I would adopt because I think it’s that important! Some little girl would be very lucky to have you as a daddy.

  5. September 23, 2006 11:12 am

    I’m so excited for you guys! I’ll be praying that God comfort this little girl, who ever she may be, that her rescue is coming. I’ll pray for you and K. and your boys that this bless your lives in abundance. That you will grow together in ways never before, that when your boys look at you through this whole process, they will see two people, truly walking with the Lord and they will be blessed also.

    I’ll pray for patience, as the process can be nerve racking and long. But most of all, I’ll pray that your armor is strong so that Satan has not a crack to enter in through. We love you all!!


  6. September 25, 2006 11:42 am

    You and Kim inspire me…

    Ready to buy a ticket to China,

  7. September 25, 2006 1:47 pm

    Our prayers are with you both. I am always excited to see children adopted, but I am ecstatic when those adopting are Christians. But when they are Christians with hearts like you two have, I am jumping up and down and doing cart wheels…well you get my drift. God Bless!

  8. September 25, 2006 4:09 pm

    I have friends who have already adopted 1 little girl from China & are in the process of adopting the 2nd! I will be praying that you will have peace with the (sometimes lengthy) process! What a blessing you will be to that little girl!

  9. September 26, 2006 1:32 pm

    Wow, Tommy. Somehow I missed this post of yours. I guess our Bloglines are crossing lines or something!!

    Some good friends of ours are in the process of adopting from China too. I’m sure they would enjoy talking with you.

    Actually, Paula is linked to my blog if you want to check her blog out.

    God’s blessings to your family.

  10. October 1, 2006 12:38 am

    That’s great news Tommy! Your family is a wonderful and warm place for someone who has no one. I know that God will richly bless you for this decision!

  11. October 1, 2006 2:05 am

    Wow! Great news! You guys will be in my prayers! Thanks for keeping me in yours.
    love and grace,

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