(Scroll to the bottom to read Prayers for Anything – Part 1)

Gabe Day

Eight years ago today, we kissed this tiny face for the very first time.

We’ll never forget the long journey that brought us here or the love from God, our family, and friends along the way.

Gabriel, we are so proud of the young man you are becoming, the love you have for God and for others. We are so thankful for the joy and laughter you bring to our lives, and the smiles you share with all who know you. We are blessed to be your parents and to share this journey with you. Happy Gabe Day!!

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Prayers for Anything – Part 1

For the past week I have been reading, through tears, the book Anything by Jennie Allen. She and her husband prayed a simple prayer: “God, we will do anything. Anything.”

I have been challenged to repeat that prayer in my own life, which has brought with it much joy, freedom, and questions. So many questions.

God, what will you ask us to do? To give up? Where will you ask us to go? Or stay? What if we are scared? What if the challenge is too big? Too small? Too difficult? What if it’s too expensive? What if we don’t have time? What if people think we are crazy?

What if.

What if we ignore this call and choose to stay the same?

I woke up suddenly this morning, expectantly. Then hurried to my Bible, ready to hear from the Lord. I don’t remember my exact prayer before opening His word, but when my eyes landed on the familiar, highlighted verse, they were filled again with tears.

“God sets the lonely in families…” Psalm 68:6

On Gabe day. Eight years after holding our son for the first time.

But it meant more today.

While reading Anything yesterday, I listened to Jennie describe how they prayed Anything for a week. Offering to sacrifice their possessions one at a time until they could sense the Lord’s answers. First, their house. No, God did not want their house. Next, the extra bed in their son’s room. Yes.

I couldn’t finish the paragraph before hot tears poured down my face, her thoughts resonating so deeply with my soul. Then my own prayers sprang up, “God, there is an extra bed in Gabe’s room. Do you want us to give that up? Okay. And, God, there’s another one in the guest room down the hall. That too? You can have it. It’s already Yours anyway. Oh yeah, God, don’t forget about the third empty bed in my office. We also have three empty chairs around the table. All yours.”

“God sets the lonely in families…” Psalm 68:6

I remember friends gathering in our living room to pray days after moving in, unpacked boxes lining the walls. One friend had received three verses from the Lord for us. I don’t remember the other two, but one was Psalm 68:6, “God sets the lonely in families.” I remember thinking how oddly out of place this seemed, given the circumstances. Gabe had been ours for more than five years, and I couldn’t find a connection between this verse and the events unfolding in our life at that time.

Today, the connection is becoming clearer.

In the weeks and days leading up to our move, a strange thing began to happen. People started giving us things. As we were trying to eliminate our belongings, narrow down the necessities to pack and determine what we could live without, we began receiving. But specifically we began receiving beds. Dining tables. Extra freezers and microwaves. We joked about it, wondering if God was calling us to open a bed and breakfast.

We completed the classes to become foster parents about a year ago. At the time we were called to wait. But today, we’re feeling the call to be open to Anything.

God, it all came from you, and we’re offering it all back to you.

We don’t know the plans You have for us. But we trust You, Lord. We will keep praying. Asking, “what is the next step?”

God, we’re ready to do Anything.

Continue reading Prayers for Anything – Part 2