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“Little by Little, Day by Day” -Kristi Gullett

February 19, 2013

Fundraising can be one of the most challenging parts of the adoption journey. I was recently privileged to encourage one family through the fundraising portion of their journey, and I was so blessed by the way that they carried their hearts and joined together as a family, that I asked Kristi to share as a guest blogger.

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When we set out to follow the Lord’s leading that we should open our hearts and home to adoption, we had no idea how much we would grow as a family through this process. Our family had to learn to love the little things and to glorify God in the waiting. Fundraising was going to take time and time was what the Lord was going to use, to teach us all that He had for us. The adoption process has brought our family so much closer, because we all learned and waited together as He brought in the money . . . little by little, day by day.

We did not have a large savings account or significant property we could sell to bring our little one home. No, we had to start from nothing and trust that the Lord would provide … little by little, day by day. We weren’t able to just write a check; we had to follow the Lord’s leading about how to raise the money that would be needed to bring our son home. And that’s just what He did. Little by little, day by day, we saw our family’s faith grow. Through working to fundraise as a family, we learned that adoption was not just about us and bringing in another child to our home, but it was actually about walking faithfully day by day, glorifying the Lord and trusting His sovereign hand through it all. The Lord used fundraising to teach us some important lessons about His character and about His power.

We learned that fundraising can be overwhelming, but the Lord encouraged our hearts from the very beginning to look at fundraising like mountain climbing. When a person begins to a climb a mountain and he stands at the bottom looking up, he can easily grow fearful with how overwhelming the vast height appears. The same was true with raising the funds needed to bring a child into our home. The total cost seemed insurmountable. But just as it takes one step after another to climb to the mountain top, the same was true with fundraising. Each bit of money, no matter how small, we added to our adoption fund brought us one step closer to our child. Little by little, day by day, we saw God’s hand in every aspect of our journey.

The Lord grew our prayer time together as we faithfully prayed for His provision. He helped us to tirelessly look for ways to bring in what we might need to adopt a child. Whether it was a penny one of our children picked up on the road, or money that we earned through doing extra odd jobs, we desired to completely trust the Lord for His provision. We wanted to show our children that no matter what the Lord provided, our hearts were to turn to HIM in thankfulness and in humility. Little by little, day by day, we were turning more to Him and relying fully on His promises and His provision, not on what our power alone could supply. When someone would donate a jar of coins, we rejoiced in His people. When someone would anonymously donate a large amount to our family, our hearts leapt that He was able. And yet when the quiet days would come and nothing seemed to be happening, we trusted that He was still working and that we were just to continue to pray and to trust that His Sovereign hand had not stopped moving.

The Lord patiently taught us that His Word reminds over and over again that we were to remain faithful to HIM and to take one step after another . . . little by little, day by day. He desired that we trust that what He brought in and how He brought it in, was what we were to have at that moment. If He desired to bring in much, we wanted to praise His name. If He chose to bring in a little or if He chose to bring in nothing during that time, we wanted to praise His name. He revealed to us that it was not our place to grow frustrated with how people were giving. He also taught us that it was not our place to grow angry that the fundraising process was taking so long, but that it was our place to trust Him and praise Him . . . little by little, day by day. We started to praise Him that our faith was growing even while adding to the adoption account seemed slow.

Through our waiting we began to understand that God’s timing was perfect and we wanted this child to come in His timing and not ours. We did not want to step before the Lord and His will for us. We truly desired that our hearts learn patience in this adoption process. We truly desired to glorify HIM in all that we did. So we kept at our efforts, big and small . . . little by little, day by day.

There were many times that we wanted to grow weary of the time it was taking, but again and again God’s Word reminded us that He is Sovereign and that He knew what was best for us.

“By the word of the LORD the heavens were made, and by the breath of his mouth all their host. He gathers the waters of the sea as a heap; he puts the deeps in storehouses. Let all the earth fear the LORD; let all the inhabitants of the world stand in awe of him! For he spoke, and it came to be; he commanded, and it stood firm. ” Psalm 33:6-9

As He grew our hearts in faith, He showed Himself to be completely faithful. As we look back over our journey, we see how the Lord beautifully orchestrated Thaddeus coming into our home. He brought in each dollar, and He moved in many hearts to help us raise all of His money . . . little by little, day by day. On a brisk day, just a few weeks ago, when we arrived at the hospital and we looked upon our son for the very first time, we knew that this moment had been ordained from the beginning of time and that the Lord was completing in our hearts all that He had been doing for the past three years. Little by little, day by day, we will teach Thaddeus to praise the Lord whose perfect timing and sovereign hand brought him finally home.

 

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