Believing in Provision

"And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus." Phil 4:19 NASB


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Adoption Update and 40

“Do you not know? Have you not heard?

The LORD is the everlasting God, The Creator of the ends of the earth.

He will not grow tired or weary, and his understanding no one can fathom.

He gives strength to the weary and increases the power of the weak.

Even youths grow tired and weary, and young men stumble and fall;

but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength.

They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” (Isaiah 40:28-31NIV)

I awoke this morning with the idea of 40 in my head. I was thinking about 40 years in the dessert for the Israelites, and comparing this to our adoption journey. 40 YEARS!!! That’s a long time to wait, wander and just not see an end in sight. Then I thought well we waited, changed programs, waited and searched for a resolution wondering what options were best for us. We looked and searched and nothing seemed to fit. Then I received a lovely email from another young family on an adoption journey (you can read about their journey here: http://www.aharvestofblessing.com/) kinda like ours. They signed up in a program that had just opened back up. Little did we know but it was the same program that we had enrolled in a year ago and hadn’t continued with it because of the delays.

So I prayed and really hoped that this was something that we could now go through with. I talked to Daniel about it he said to find out if it’s something we can enroll in and then we’ll talk. So I emailed and received positive replies, yes this is something that just opened back up, yes you can enroll once you get all the details, yes we can update our files and continue. The EXCITEMENT was growing. So Daniel and I talked he agreed and now we just need to make the payment for our book so that we can start the paperwork.

So back to wandering, I’m not sure we were wandering as much as it felt like. In my job I’m always educating people on the difference between hearing and listening. I’m a call Center trainer and you’ve all been calling somewhere for customer service and the person on the other end of the phone just didn’t listen to what you were saying. So I try to really teach the staff that they need to be actively listening. I sometimes think we do this with God. We hear Him, but are we actually listening to Him? Do we just go through the motions of paperwork or whatever it may be that you’re going through at this point in your life, fill it all out but are not doing it because God was leading you to do it, but more because that’s the right thing to do, or better yet that’s what YOU want to do?

Last year Daniel and I were very led to go with the South Africa Program for adoption. Researched the Country learned all about it then were crushed to hear that the program wasn’t moving forward, but were told of other new programs. The DRC was the only other African country, so we applied, were accepted and then were informed we could not move forward. We were scarred and I’m not going to lie very bitter. Wondering if God really wanted or called us to adopt, wondering why things were not working out for us.

So we are now continuing with the South African Program Through Mission of Tears (http://myadoption.ca/)

As for the verse above, on my search for 40 years in the desert I came upon Isaiah 40 which I thought was very fitting to my story, life and this post. “Do you not know? Have you not heard?” I do know and I have heard, but sometimes I forget. “but those who hope in the LORD will renew their strength. They will soar on wings like eagles; they will run and not grow weary, they will walk and not be faint.” As long as we hope in the LORD He will renew our strength then we will soar on wings like eagles.

Now to wait on the LORD.

Krista


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My 2013 Word: GIVING

Well I have to say the Blessings just keep pouring out!!!

 I have 3 main blessings I would like to share with you that happened all within a few days of each other this week.

  1.  Friends of mine down State finalized their adoption of 3 beautiful little boys.
  2. My Cousin and her Husband received a referral for a beautiful little girl in China
  3. I found out that my brother has finally gotten work.

All I can say is Wow, Wow, Wow!!! I’m so excited for each and every one of them.

Something else I have been thinking about this year is my ‘word’ of the year.

We were challenged with this on a Sunday Morning. What word is God calling you to? I’ve been thinking about this and I wanted to make sure that I had God’s word for me and not my word for me.

I believe God’s  ‘word’ for me this year is Giving.  I really want to  Give God 110% in everything that I do and say, from training at work to having coffee and listening to a friend.

Now this doesn’t only mean the small stuff, but the bigger things too. I need to give of my Tithes each week. Daniel and I still struggle with this, especially if we don’t make it to church BEFORE the plate is passed around. I’m still convinced church starts earlier and earlier each week (Not really, but sure feels that way sometimes). We have in the past discovered that it’s best to figure out what funds are coming in for the week, and basing our tithe on the amount before we get paid so that we are trusting in the Lord to provide all of our needs.

Now this does bring me to the title of my Blog “Believing in Provision”

I had a friend challenge me with the title of my Blog. The hot topic was in regards to our adoption.  She asked did I really Believe that God was going to provide for our adoption even if it meant passing up a referral because we didn’t have the funds at that time. I had to really stop and think. Would I be able to pass up a referral if we didn’t have the money saved at that time? What if God asked me to wait longer for his timing??? Could I really wait any longer? Yup I struggled through that answer. I had to say I was really double checking my heart. After some time to consider I realized that God always has the best planned for us. He has always proven himself faithful. And He will make our family what He wants it to be. I have to trust the Lord with all of His Plans.

“Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding; in all your ways acknowledge him, and he will make your paths straight.” Prov 3: 5&6 

So in my year of Giving I want to Give to God all of my heart & understanding so that He can make my path straight.

What’s Your Word?

Love

Krista

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Blessings of the week

There is so much going on in my  mind right now, that I really don’t know where to start with this Blog. I wanted to share how I like to rejoice in the little things that I’m blessed with in life.

Today I feel very blessed for a lot of reasons. Lately I have been thinking about all the negatives about adoption, it’s costly, there is a lot of paperwork, and it’s almost frustrating that it couldn’t be easier. Okay it is frustrating that there are so many children waiting for their forever family, and it seems like it takes FOREVER. But I really want to share how I’ve been blessed over the past week.

I had an amazing conversation with my best friend from high school over Skype. That’s one way that I have been blessed in the past week. This friend Shared Christ with me 13 years ago. Wow can it really be that long since I’ve been following Christ.  Daniel and I often ask ourselves why maybe we don’t share Jesus with the world. I mean it does tell us in the Bible to “Go and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father and of the Son and of the Holy Spirit, and teaching them to obey everything I have commanded you.” Matthew 28:19 NIV. I often ask God for opportunities to share Jesus with others, but sometimes I wonder if I have not taken the ones given to me, then I start asking the what if’s, what if they have a question that I can’t answer? What if they don’t like me anymore ect. Knowing Jesus because some one stepped out in their faith is one reason I’m blessed.

I’ve also been blessed this week as I have felt this amazing presence of peace over all circumstances. I don’t know if it’s because I have a lot to look forward to this year, the idea of a whole new year beginning or if it’s just that peace knowing that I’m where God wants me at this time for his purpose.

I’ve been discovering a few of my spiritual gifts over the past little while and trying to foster them as much as I can. One of them and I’m not sure if it’s a spiritual gift or which one it would fall under but I seem to have this way with people that they will share with me the deepest things that are going on in their lives whether work related, things that frustrate them, or things that are going on with their relationships at home. I’ve discovered that having this ‘gift’ has increased my prayer list greatly. And I’ve also learned of things that break my heart for those who don’t know Jesus and the peace that they can have, now don’t get me wrong I don’t want to say that Jesus will take all hurts away and that one will become a new perfect person, as it’s not how it works. However Jesus can take a broken person and give them a Joy that only he can give. Through the tough times we can have Joy. Like it says in Isaiah 35 the whole chapter. But I would like to focus on the last verse 10b (NIV) “Gladness and joy will overtake them and sorrow and sighing will flee away.” Wow what a promise!

There are a couple of things that I will advocate for besides Adoption. One is Marriage I really feel deep down in my gut that God wants all marriages to succeed. And if both parties are willing to work together that relationships can be healed, no matter the stress that was placed on that Marriage. I’m a firm believer in Grace. God looked down on us and had Compassion and Grace for us. We are a sinful people and He chose to give the ultimate sacrifice for us. I think we can have Grace for our families. Over the past few weeks I have heard of such circumstances happening with people that I know and care about. It really breaks my heart. I probably find it most disheartening because I come from a broken home and understand from a Child’s perspective. All family members will be affected.

So back to how I’m Blessed. I have a husband who loves me for who I am, and who God will create me to be. I’m Blessed to have a husband that is my best friend, who I share everything with, who I don’t hide from, nor do I have any secrets. I am blessed to have a husband that I can communicate with, and if I don’t communicate with him I have a God who reminds me to do so.

Oh I did want to share one last thing that I have been blessed by this week. Starting earlier this week if you make a purchase in the Once Was Lost site for a purchase over $25.00 you will not only give funds to an adopting family in need but for every $25.00 purchase you will be providing food for a hungry child for 1 week.

I am so very blessed by many things.

How are you blessed?

Love Krista


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Year 2012 in Review

I seem to love this time of year. It’s one spent reflecting on all the wonderful things that have happened in the past year.This year for us has been one filled with expectation, loss, learning and Joy. Expectation for the things to come, researching countries for adopting from. Loss of Daniel’s grandfather who was a wonderful man, that we always learned a lot from. Learning a new adoption language. Learning to be a more self sufficient in gardening and canning. And Joy through the tough times & through the encouraging times.

I had been thinking of writing about the top 12 things that have made this year great, but I wasn’t sure I would be able to order them properly. So here it goes anyway.

Not in any kind of order, Just things that we have been blessed with over this past year:

  • We are youth leaders.
  •  Geocaching at Fundy National Park (a yearly event we really look forward to)

Geocaching Fundy 2012 #1

  •  Sapphira completed her Level Basic obedience Dog Training (Where we learned what it meant to be consistent)
  •  1 trip to PEI to visit my Family

Sapphira at the beach

  •  Deciding to adopt from the Congo & Completed our Homestudy!!!!!
  •  My Facilitator job became permanent
  •   Our 1st Cruise with Daniel’s Parents
  •  We got a larger vehicle with AWD for our nice wintry back roads
  •   We were able to sing with the family as Daniel’s Grandfather went to heaven. This was a beautiful moment, I hope my family will do this for me when I am ready to leave earth to go be with my Savior.
  •  Friends of ours had their Miracle Baby. Love You Charley

Charley's First Visit

  •  We had the opportunity to stand with friends in their wedding and attend another fabulous Wedding
  •  My Uncle had a successful Kidney transplant after waiting for many years.

And well it seems a shame to stop there, the list really does go on.

We are well blessed. Beyond what we could ever dream.

I don’t know about the rest of you but I’m looking forward to 2013 being a year of greater things.

Maybe even an adoption? I’m hoping.

Happy New Year!!!

Holiday party 1

Love

Krista


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Let the saving’s begin

Last week Daniel and I achieved a great accomplishment. We cleaned off one credit card, and froze it in a block of ice so that we wouldn’t use it anymore. It’s really surprising what one purchase on a credit card can accumulate over a period of time, even when you were going to pay it off when you got home. Points cards are great, however I find them some what of a trap, we have one that you can receive money back towards new purchases or the balance on the card. Last year around this time we had it all paid off but noticed that we had a credit amount on the card and decided to add a small purchase, well we should have frozen it then.

So for all of you that are wondering this is what we did.

Step 1: 

Take your credit card place in a small seal-able bag.

 Frozen Credit 1

Step 2:

Fill a container 1/2 full of water (why half full you ask?) You will see.

Frozen Credit 2

As you can see from this picture the credit cards in the bag float so thus freezing 1/2 way through the process.

Step 3: 

Fill the container almost all the way full again and Voila frozen credit card in the middle of an ice block.

Now to use the credit card you need to wait at least 24 hours until the ice melts to get to it. Actually you may need to wait longer for this size of a container, which really gives you time to think about your purchase and decide is this a need or a want.

Fill me in on how you save money.

Blessings,

Krista


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Our Adoption Story

“We began the adoption process a couple of years ago. We attended a weekend in Saint John to give us more information about the process and what was and was not available to us. It was a great weekend to get away, together and meet other couples that are looking at going through the same or similar process.

When we got the next large portion of paperwork we did what we thought was going to be the ‘hard’ stuff first to get it out of the way. Then we were left with what felt like a mountain of questions about who we were and where we were adopting from.

In New Brunswick we have to have the country decided on, and enrolled in a program before we can start our home-study. After looking at all the programs that we were not eligible for because of age or years of marriage requirements we started to wonder if this was really what God had in store for us. But we knew that He has the ultimate plan that maybe we cannot even see it yet.

After finding out that a program we were about to pursue was closed we were advised that there are two new programs that have opened up to us in NB the Congo seemed to be the one that was really calling out to us.

We wanted to adopt 2 at the same time if possible. It was a longing that we really never expected. But over the years have learned to follow God’s will for our lives as He knows best. It was kinda funny, on the way to church one Sunday morning as we were driving down our road, I looked at my husband and said “Hunny I think we are to adopt 2 at the same time.” He glanced over at me and said “I agree” It’s really neat when God shares something with both of us at the same time.

So here we are on a road to adoption with the plans of adopting two little ones between the ages of 0-3yrs. It’s a road that we are excited to travel, and a road that we will have many God stories to tell.

When we found out we couldn’t have any Biological children I said to my Doctor with tears streaming down my face that if we are to travel down this road to help someone else, or learn something that we need to share with someone else it’s all worth it. It will be all worth it when we are able to hold our two little ones in our arms. Oh I can only imagine that day.

We are finishing up our home-study, and working to pay off debt so that we can get our dossier ready.

Believing in Provision is the name of our Blog, based off of Phil 4:19 “And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus”. I prayed and prayed over what to call it, I believe that name is very fitting. We are waiting on God to provide the provisions for our adoption. If it’s saving money and paying off debt that’s great but we still need the rest of the funds.

As we embark on a journey like no other would you consider supporting us financially, or through prayer? Together we can see what God can do.

Blessings,

Daniel and Krista Nickerson

To support us financially please consider making a purchase from Once Was Lost. The link is along the side of the page. All you have to do is choose your items and mark our names in the notes to seller box when you go to check out. 


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Fundraising

Sometimes you think you go to church to hear a sermon, this Sunday God brought me to church to listen to a friend and some simple yet very good advice. Thanks Fred!!

Sunday morning at church during lunch I was talking to some old co-workers. I used to work at a bookstore called the King is Coming Christian store, and as we were talking about all things adoption I was kindly reminded that maybe I shouldn’t get hung up on the materialistic things, like setting up a baby room right now, or what that might look like in the future.

So I said to Daniel on the way home on Sunday “I really think I’ve been thinking selfishly, in that I thought somehow the money would just show up and God would miraculously provide.” Well I can say I do believe that God is going to provide us the funding for our adoption but this doesn’t mean that I can sit on my butt and wait for the money to land in my bank account.

A couple of weeks ago we were presented with the opportunity to fund-raise through an organization that just began here in Canada. A friend that I have met through another blog and who is also adopting from the Democratic Republic of the Congo really noticed that in Canada we don’t often have the opportunity to fund-raise like they do in the US. So her and her husband have started a website where 50% of the purchase will go to an adoption agency for affiliate families. If you would like to support us in this way you can follow the link http://oncewaslost.storenvy.com/ and all you have to do is place our names “Daniel and Krista Nickerson” into the notes to the seller field and 50% of your purchase will go to our agency in B.C.

Last week another friend of mine said that we should have a BBQ and Bonfire at our place and put out a jar and any donations are welcome. This week Daniel said maybe we should see about doing a pie fundraiser as it was his favorite way to fund-raise money.

Now I am asking you What is your favorite Fundraiser?