Coach Mom Newsletter - MAR 2012
And God is able
to make all grace abound to you, so that in
all things at all times, having all that you
need, you will abound in every good work.
How will we possibly add another member
to this family? This afternoon and
evening our schedule included these things:
two piano lessons, making/taking dinner to a
friend who just had surgery, a soccer
practice, a meeting across town (taking my
two drivers away), a baseball practice, and
a writer’s meeting. And we are planning to
add to our numbers? I am counting on God’s
grace, and only God’s grace, to give us all
that we need at all times so that we might
abound in every good work in our journey of
When you receive this, Chris and I will be
with a small team in Zambia working in the
LifeSong orphanage, which cares for 250
children and is directed by our friends the
McBrides. We are wrapping up forty days of
dedicated prayer for the trip, and are eager
to see what God might do while we are there.
Author/speaker and adoptive mother Lisa
TerKeurst said, “Say ‘yes’ to God, even when
you don’t know how He is going to write your
motherhood story.” At this moment I am
sitting on the edge of my seat for the next
chapter in my motherhood story.
You see, last year our friend Kent Jones
challenged every family in our congregation
to pray for thirty days about what we would
do about the orphan crisis. Even when my
ten-year-old Micah (who we have often called
“the little prophet of the family”) looked
up at me as we left the service and said,
“We need to adopt an orphan,” I figured we
were “safe” – surely God wouldn’t ask us to
adopt…I already have a full plate with five.
But after months of prayer, God made
it clear. My excuses fell flat, because they
all revolved around myself. This is not
about me, but is about the orphans. And He
wants to use our family to redeem them (For
the longer version of that story, read
Adoption Revelation on my blog). We have
said “yes” to God and have just completed
the preliminary paperwork … We covet your
What are you facing today that seems
impossible? It might just be overflowing
laundry baskets or mothering two sick
children that both feel terrible and just
want to be held all day. I’ve been there. Or
it might be as heavy as your husband’s
unemployment or marriage infidelity.
Whatever it is, I thank God that He has the
power to supply all of your needs –
financially, emotionally, physically, and
spiritually. He is able. Can you trust him
to write your motherhood story? How about
your wifedom story?
Father, I am lifting up a prayer
thanking you for meeting the needs of my
dear sisters reading this. You know every
need, and I ask that you provide in every
way, showing your power and glory in their
lives. I pray that each one might understand
the depth of your love, and your concern for
them. In Jesus’ Name I pray, Amen.
On this crazy evening where we are going in
seven different directions, I’m holding fast
to the words my eleven-year-old said last
week, “Mom, for a big family of seven, we
sure do see a lot of each other.” Maybe we
are doing some things right after all.
Now to him who is able to do
immeasurably more than all we ask or
imagine, according to his power that is at
work within us, to him be glory in the
church and in Christ Jesus
throughout all generations, forever and
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Will you pray for Brenna and the
team during their
March 1-11 trip?
Ask God to move in power during their
trip to Zambia and South Africa.
Ask God to clearly guide Chris and
Brenna concerning orphan adoption.
Ask for protection and health of the
team, and family members left behind.
For more information on the orphanage where
Brenna and the team will be serving, see:
LifeSong Orphanage in Zambia website:
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Follow along as the Stull's continue in
their adoption journey. Join us in praying
for orphans around the world. God is Father
to the fatherless, Hope for the hopeless.
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