Posted on March 23, 2016
We are so excited to be under the one month mark! Time is just flying by as we near the arrival of our sweet baby girl. It is springtime in Alaska, which means sun one day and snow the next. In this season of change and flux I am reminded that one thing never changes, and that is the character of God.
Now, and always, we cling to the promises of God. Our church held a “burritos for baby Hinshaw” lunch this past Sunday and I was asked to briefly share about our adoption. I was prompted to share 3 verses that we have been given in the process.
First, a verse of promise:
Jeremiah 29:11 “For I know the plans I have for you, declares the LORD, plans for welfare and not for evil, to give you a future and a hope.” We are continually held in God’s love, as his adopted children. Our future and our hope lies in his hand. Because he is powerful, gracious, and sovereign, we need not worry or fear.
Second, a verse of provision:
I Thessalonians 5:24 ““For the God who calls you is faithful, and He can be trusted to make it so.” The God who has called us to adopt can be trusted to make it so. He can and will provide all of our needs. We are still in need of funds to bring our baby home, but we fully trust that God will “make it so”. He will work in the hearts of his children and in our circumstance to bring honor and glory to his name by providing what we need. Praise God!
Third, a verse of praise:
Psalm 40:5 ”Many, LORD my God, are the wonders you have done, the things you planned for us. None can compare with you; were I to speak and tell of your deeds, they would be too many to declare.” God has already done so much through our story and through his people. Tiff and I have had so many opportunities to share God’s goodness and love with people through the vehicle of adoption. Time after time adoption has come up in conversations with people, whether friends, family, or strangers, and we have been able to boldly share what God is doing and what he means to us and how much he loves us. God is good, and worthy to be praised.
As we approach the final stretch we want to once again thank all of you who have joined in our journey, whether thru prayers, thoughts, or gifts. Our incentive fundraising is still going so if you want a little something to remember us by, check Update #6 for details. Please consider joining us in one of three ways:
Prayer - for baby’s health, birth mother’s salvation and protection, remaining funds, travel plans, our family, and overall that God would be glorified.
Giving - if you have been wanting to contribute, now is a great time.
Sharing - pass along our story to family and friends. It is amazing how God is working and there is no limit to what he can do.
Lastly, a very special thanks to the ladies of Eagle River Grace who hosted our fundraiser lunch last week and all those who chowed down in support of adoption. It was a great success.
Thank you again. We love you all.
Jeremy and Tiffany.