Saturday, February 5, 2011

Finding Hope in the Midst of the Storm...

In the midst of the storm, Jesus speaks. He calms our hearts and minds and refocuses our attention on Him. He is the reason we live, and we give Him all the glory!

Yesterday was a day of tears all around. I went into town with a driver to the US Embassy as well as to receive birth certificates for each of our new children. The goal was to get the certificates and take them back to the embassy by 11:30 am. Well, that didn't work out...but we did get both birth certificates by the end of the day. In fact, Zeke was apparently born twice, as he now has 2 Ugandan birth certificates (different registration numbers....). Oh well! On the other hand, we received news that our court date has been changed to Thursday...another delay. However, we are hopeful that this will give us more time to acquire all of the necessary information for the court (on a side note our friends are going home without their baby and have to return in about 6 weeks). So, my heart is hopeful that we will have all of the details of our court case worked out by Thursday.

While we are weary and teary-eyed, we also see the hope and grace of Jesus Christ. Through everyday moments, He shows Himself faithful and good:

  • watching a very sad little girl turn into a happy carefree child.
  • hearing "fank you" (thank you) with a British accent
  • seeing Jett grab the hands of his brother and sister to take a walk
  • observing Zeke and Elly jump without abandon into our arms in the pool
  • hearing Madison talk about the lessons God is teaching her in the waiting process
  • seeing my wonderful husband toss Zeke into the air through squeals of laughter
  • looking at Kaitlyn help her sister take a shower every night (and pretending to shave under her arms...)
God gives us glimpses into His love for us each day. We are so unworthy, yet He loves us whole-heartedly. He calls us to be here and to stay for these precious little ones. While we are uncomfortable and want to be home, we know why we are here. He is sustaining us through all of you....thank you from the bottom of our hearts.


Anonymous said...

Praying of you guys Sheryl. From Psalm 33

the eyes of the LORD are on those who fear him,
on those whose hope is in his unfailing love,
19 to deliver them from death
and keep them alive in famine.

20 We wait in hope for the LORD;
he is our help and our shield.
21 In him our hearts rejoice,
for we trust in his holy name.
22 May your unfailing love be with us, LORD,
even as we put our hope in you.

The Akins

Susan Lindsey said...

Even the times y'all spend just "waiting" around will be redeemed by God for His purposes, I'm sure. Praying you will be able to gather everything for the court date ... and knowing that you are being used to minister to all the children and to others in the meantime! Love ya!

Anonymous said...

Shooting up a prayer flare for HIS compassion to flow in you and through you, dear Sheryl! So very grateful for your willingness to be open with us all so that we can be open in the same way with our Father.
Much love and big hugs, dear one,
Carol Bailey

Michelle Wilson said...

The pictures are priceless. Such cuties! And that is great news that you received the BC's. Moving right along! :)