My prayer this week has been from these two verses:
Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice! Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.
Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things. Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. And the God of peace will be with you.
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future."
I have struggled with the fact that our home study is still not finalized. We had our last home study visit on November 13th and now we are over a month out from it. The home study process took longer than I would have liked. Our social worker was out on maternity leave for two months which delayed our last few visits by a few weeks. Now, our home study finalization is taking longer than I would have liked. So, it has been easy to get frustrated and to start to worry that the timeline is getting longer. However, I have had to remember this verse over and over again to stop the anxiety. I've prayed for the home study to be finalized and now I have to trust that he will give me peace through the rest of it. I have to fix my mind on the things that are true, not the things that I worry about. I have to fix my mind on the child we are pursuing, not on the worry of the timeline.
I know in my head that God's got this and that He will make everything work out to the exact second He wants us to meet our child for the first time. A slow home study process is not going to change his plan. I know all of this in my head. I just have to trust Him and have faith in Him. I have to trust that the God of peace will be with me.
So, friends and family, please pray that the home study will be finalized quickly, so that we can move on to the next steps (submitting our i800a application to the government, biometric fingerprinting, and dossier preparation). But, also pray that God will give us peace while we have to be patient with the process.