Thursday, October 15, 2009

The Deceiver

I'm doing a Bible study right now by Priscilla Shirer called Discerning the Voice of God.

Oh boy, has it ever been timely. With all of the stuff going on with our housing decision, the Virginia house, and some other stuff I'll explain, it's been very, VERY nice to be doing this study.

One point that she made is that we tend to think of Satan as dressed in a red suit with a pitch fork...but he's not like that. He's a deceiver. He tries to emulate God to pull us off track. He sometimes does things that seem beneficial at first in order to sway us. But the more we know who God is, the more in tune we are with his character, the more likely we are to be able to identify the impostor.

I'm praising God that Mark and I are on the same page on the house here (the one we were building), because we got some news today that they've dropped the house price by 5%. That's great news! They will automatically adjust our agreement to reflect the new price (we are in the process of cancelling the order-it takes a bit of time to go through the whole process. We are sure that we won't be buying it, though).

But I really feel that this is just a tactic to persuade us to buy the house after all-even though we really shouldn't do it right now. This morning I asked Mark if he was still sad about losing the house being built, and he said, "Nope. Doesn't even register anymore. I feel like God wants something else from us right now, and we're making the right choice." Such a huge and incredible change from a couple of weeks ago!

So, what exactly does God want from us right now? We thought we knew but we weren't sure. And Tuesday he confirmed it. Remember these girls (the third picture down)? I think that God wants them to be Stearns girls. We felt very strongly about them when we were in Nicaragua, and circumstance after circumstance led us to believe that we were supposed to pursue adopting them. As a first step we asked the Psychologist if the Grandfather would allow them to be adopted. Her response was, "Well, I don't know. I'll call and ask." This was a week into our first trip. Six months later we get an email saying yes, he'd support the decision. It looks as though God runs on Nicaraguan time!

So what's the plan? Who knows. I'm throwing the plan book out the window. We both feel like it would be a mistake for us to rip the girls out of their culture and just bring them back to live here. So the short term (maybe long term) plan would be for us to go down there and stay there for a while so they can get used to being a part of a family again. We'll see what happens from there. So you see, if we're going to be staying in Nicaragua for an extended period of time, it would be silly to buy a house. Geez, God, you are so smart (Omniscient, maybe?).

FYI-adoptions through Nicaragua take for-EV-er, so we're looking at a 2+ year time frame. Don't freak-we're not moving tomorrow!

So, that's that. Clear as mud?

I thought so. Just wait and's what we're doing!

Love to you all,


Anonymous said... one day you will be able to look back and see the footprints in the sand and how everything worked together for good because your choice is to follow God's lead rather than man's.

God bless your little(?) family. You can count on our support what ever it may be.

(P.S. coincidentilly it was Tuesday that I received the copy of the Spanish (Latin America) Rosetta Stone (Level 1). Coincidence??? Maybe not :)

Love you all,
Nana Stearns

Cadovius said...

I am so excited for you guys. God is amazing!!!