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Coach Mom Newsletter - MAR 2012

God is Able ...

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.

2 Corinthians 9:8

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 faith.

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 prayers.

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 ever. Amen!

Ephesians 3:20

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Coach Mom goes to Africa

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: http://www.lifesongfororphans.org/orphanagesZam.html

McBride's Blog: http://growingmcbs.blogspot.com/

To receive prayer updates during the trip, subscribe to Brenna's Blog.

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Could this be the face of our next child? Karis has a vision.

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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