Todd and I have sat down with our budget (thank you Dave Ramsey) and checked over every possibility of saving a few dollars here or there, to no avail. Honestly, we do not live extravagantly. We are not wasters at all.
Every single thing I research about saving money- we already do. We cut coupons, hang dry our clothes, planted a garden, collect our own chicken eggs. We shop at garage sales, have older used cars, do not take extravagant vacations (actually we rarely take vacations unless they are virtually free) and we even recycle the toilet paper when people TP our house! (LOL) Just ask anyone who really knows me, I am about as frugal as they come. And I love it. I don’t consider being frugal a bad thing- I consider it being faithful with what God has given us and using it wisely for His kingdom.
Our clothes may be second hand, but can I just say my kids always look adorable. For exercise we walk the track at our High school and don’t go to a sports club. Our cars are not going to impress anyone but they get us where we need to go. Our house is used and comfortable- the way I like it and laying on the beach watching my kids play in the sand for free is the perfect vacation for us. We don’t need fancy to have enough- or to be happy. Growing up my dad used to say to me, “Amy, there is more than one way to be rich.” I completely get that now dad- because we are rich with love and I couldn’t be happier.
Yet, we cannot deny that we know someone in our family is missing, and we cannot deny that we have heard God call. So, we have continued to pray, continued telling God we will obey Him, and then we have continued waiting…
Then one day during my devotions I was reading in Hebrews about faith. Faith is not about having everything lined up- and then going for it.
Jesus replied, "What is impossible with men is possible with God." Luke 18:27
Yet we also know that the bible also tell us in Luke 14:25-32 that “anyone building a tower or planning a war first should count the cost to see if he has what it takes to pull it off successfully.” We have plenty of room in our home and plenty of room in our hearts. We have enough money to raise another child- we just don’t happen to have $20,000+ laying around for adoption expenses. But I know that I cannot continue to sit around and do nothing, knowing that right now a child in Ethiopia is dying of hunger or HIV while we ‘wait'.
I cannot explain the feeling I get when I am somewhere in our home and I hear another ‘clink’ of a coin landing in that jar.
I cannot explain to you how my heart warms when I know that one of our kids, or my husband, has dropped something into the jar that they could have kept for themselves.
It may have only been a few pennies- but it’s faith my friends.
It’s about a family, pulling together for a purpose bigger than we are…
It’s about a family who isn’t focused on wealth- but on love.
It's about a family who is being obedient.
It may take us 20 years to save enough money to adopt- but we have started.
Because we have been called and we know, and now we are responsible to ACT.
And my God shall supply all your need according to His riches in glory by Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:19
***If anyone has any great fund raising or saving idea’s I’d love to hear them!!