I have said over and over again that through out this adoption process God has put me in the book of James. I have found myself continually drawn to read the writings of Jesus' brother James. I now know why the Lord directed me to these scriptures. Many adopting families refer to the verse James 1:27.
Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.I love this verse and hold it dear to my heart but it is not the verse in James that I have been dwelling on. I have been rereading James 1:2-4, 12.
Consider it pure joy, my brothers whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance. Perseverance must finish its work so that you may be mature and complete, not lacking anything.
Blessed is the man who perseveres under trial, because when he has stood the test, he will receive the crown of life that God has promised to those who love him.
I now know that God has had me spending time is these scriptures since February so that I would have the strength to persevere through this. I love Africa but I miss my family and home. I know that what God is doing in my family here is to bring more Glory to Him. Therefore I am able to find joy in this process.