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I don't know what this post will be about...but I am in the mood to write, so I will do just that...write. I have been struggling with patience lately in several areas of my life. I am a wife, a mom, a nurse...I thought I had patience mastered. Well, apparently God thought I needed a lesson or two...so He has decided to test me. As a friend reminded me, "Be still and know that I am God"...I decided I needed to do just that. Be STILL and PRAY. God has a plan for me and I can worry and stress all I want about it...it isn't going to change His plan. When I prayed about it, I was able to sleep peacefully. When I prayed about it, my stomach wasn't so upset. When I prayed about it, I felt peace. Sometimes those gentle reminders are all we need.

In an earlier post, I had mentioned we would refer to the little girl we are hoping to adopt as Alison. This isn't her real name, nor is it what we will call her when she is finally home, but since we aren't able to reveal her given name, Alison it is. Why Alison?! Alison is the name of a very good friend of mine that passed away in 2005. We didn't have a long friendship, but in the time we were friends, we became close...encouraging each other through our difficulties and growing together in our faith. We were suppose to have lunch..."I have something important to share with you, Jill...we have to see each other"...lunch never happened. Alison went to be with our Lord...I still wonder to this day what she was going to share with me. I miss her to this day. So, Alison, or Ali, is what we refer to our Ugandan daughter for now.

Many of you know how much I love quotes. The quote today is from a book written by a young woman, Katie Davis. "Kisses from Kate" is about Katie's life in Uganda. Born and raised in the United States, Katie demonstrates what it means to "Go and Serve". She is an amazing woman with a love of her Lord and a love of the Ugandan people. From Katie...so well stated...

    “The truth is that if only 8 percent of the Christians would care for one more child, there would not be any orphan statistics left.  No more143 million orphans, no more 11 million who starve to death or die from preventable diseases, no more 8.5 million who work as child slaves, prostitutes, or under other horrific conditions.  No more 2.3 million who live with HIV.  That adds up to 164.8 million needy children.  The truth is that God loves these children just as much as He loves me and now that I know, I am responsible.”


Jeannie Patz
02/24/2013 4:43pm

Oh Jill....your post brings back many memories of Ali...Spent many days and drives to Green Bay with her...Some of the verses I would like to put on the puzzle pieces are the very same I shared with Ali. This is no coincidence...God does certainly work in mysterious ways, bringing our 'past' with our 'present'..thanks for being authentic in your posts. Will keep praying for how all the details will be worked out in your little girls life. Love and hugs...


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    My name is Jill and I am a Christian with a love for life, my husband, my children, and my Lord! We are on this journey together to bring another child into our home through adoption!