Thursday, August 11, 2011

Day 34 - Things I Am Thankful For

Today I need to recount all of the blessings God has given me in this season.  So here it goes...

1.  I am so encouraged by the loving and compassionate people who have commented on my blog, especially on Day 33.  It is good to know that God has given so many of us shared experiences to mutually encourage one another.

2.  I am thankful that  Zane is in a good mood right now and feeling playful.

3.  I am thankful that the Wests passed embassy today and are able to take their sick son to the states on the next flight they can get.

4.  I am thankful that I don't have to be perfect because God's strength is made perfect in my weakness.

5.  I am thankful that the Brannans will be together soon, in God's perfect timing.

6.  I am thankful that God is not finished with me, and that he is teaching me through this season, as he does in each season of my life.  Refinement is hard, but I pray that I come forth as pure gold.

7.  I am thankful for the Yebsabi staff who asks me if I'm okay, and if I need anything.  I'm also thankful for Job, Yonas, and David who FB me and offer to do anything I need.

8.  I am thankful for David, the chef here at the Yebsabi, who makes delicious dinners and his staff who is so friendly to Zane and me.

9.  I am thankful that God is working all things together for good for those who love Him and are called according to his purpose.

10.  I am thankful that Becca and Sarah West are playing with Zane right now as I type this.

11.  I am thankful for Tim Dreyfus who consistently sends encouragement almost every day to Mark and I.

12.  I am thankful for my mom who gave up so much time and energy to be here with me for two weeks.

13.  I am thankful for my mother-in-law who encourages me on FB every day.

14.  I am thankful for my husband who has incredible wisdom, encouragement, and faithfulness.

15.  I am thankful that Zane has a Daddy who is funny, strong, and so loving.

16.  I am thankful for Coreena, who is here for the forth time to see her daughter who cannot come home yet.  I'm blessed by her strength, positivity, and fellowship.

17.  I am thankful for lessons I'm learning, like to not be too task oriented, and to take time for the "non-productive" stuff that matters most.

18.  I am thankful for the fellowship I have with other adoptive parents through AWAA, and their strength and encouragement.

19.  I am thankful for my church family back home who is praying continually for us, and strengthening me with encouragement even this far away.

20.  I am thankful that Zane is a healthy, lovable boy who is showing so much growth and potential.

I could go on and on, but I am most overwhelmingly thankful for the prayers of all the saints who have lifted us up to the father, and asked that He show his presence to us in a mighty way.  My heart is so full of gratitude for you.


Melissa said...

Just read your last few posts...praying for you & Zane! Love y'all!

Kristen said...
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Kristen said...

Hi Cimbrey! My name is Kristen--I'm in Laura & Ben's small group & have been praying for you guys for awhile now. It's fun to finally see your faces! Praise the Lord for how much he has ALREADY brought you through to get you one step closer to bringing home your baby boy. :) I understand it's been quite difficult so far... I have 2 little girls of my own (nearly 1 & 3 yr old), & I can only IMAGINE trying to be a first time mama in a 3rd world country!! WoW! As I was considering how I could encourage you, I was thinking of what the Lord has been teaching me lately--to practice thanksgiving, ESPECIALLY in the midst of difficult circumstances. So I get online, go to your blog, and BAM! First blog entry I read you're doing just that!! Love it. However, just one more thing someone once told me that I'd like to pass on to you...Never doubt in the dark what God has shown you in the light. I don't even know you but I have NO DOUBT that YOU are Zane's mama. Inasmuch as you may not feel like you're having a #1 Mom moment, YOU are his and that's all that matters. You WILL get through this, and he's gonna be just fine. :) Love you guys and lifting you up!

Kristen Parrish

Debb said...

SO GLAD you are finding the GOOD in all that you are going through over there, precious one! God has not forgotten you! or Zane! LOVE YOU!!!!