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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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?


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A Breath of Fresh Air

Well I have to say that I love when God’s word is like a breath of fresh air. Especially when you are just feeling overwhelmed.

I will finish updating you on the previous blog as Daniel and I did find a new car. I always find it how God seems to work out all of these little details for His glory.

The day of the accident we went and took a look at a $1000.00 car.  We got there and it wouldn’t start (not a great sign), got it started and took it for a short drive and Daniel says nope this isn’t it. We really were not in any kind of state of mind to make a decision on a car anyway.  So we decided we needed to wait for the car God was going to provide.

The next day while at the lake a friend says other friends of ours have a car just up the road from you guys. So we decided we would keep it in mind.

I really knew that God had a plan and that we just had to wait and be patient and it would work itself out.

Last spring Daniel had driven over a hitch that had fell off the truck ahead of him and damaged the transmission of his car. At that time they didn’t want to give us very much for his car, he managed to convince them to let him fix the car. This year after his accident they gave us $1000.00 more than they were going to give us last year for the car.

Earlier in the week we went to see the car that friends of ours up the road had for sale. We took it for a drive and really liked this car. There was a rejection sticker on it, however it seemed to be an easy fix. They wanted $1000.00 for it. We didn’t want to make any decisions until we knew if we could afford it as we were still waiting on the insurance company.

When the insurance company called Daniel to let him know what they were going to give us he quickly realized that with the little bit of extra money, we could pay off his student loan.

So all in all God has still amazed me in this whole situation, I really didn’t expect to get very much for his car let alone enough extra to pay off a loan. Praise the Lord!! God is Good all the time!!

Today I was reminded yet again of my life verse, as I looked at a website that I had just been given to look at. At the top of the page I was viewing I found Phil 4:19 “And my God will meet all of your needs according to his riches in Christ Jesus.” (NIV)

It was a breath of fresh air for me. Sometimes it’s easy to get discouraged over something simple like the unexpected cost of another fee. However knowing that we are in God’s will, and that he will provide I am able to recall James 1:2 “consider it pure joy, my brothers, whenever you face trials of many kinds, because you know that the testing of your faith develops perseverance.” (NIV)

Just like God has provided more than I could have imagined through this I wait to see what He has in store for us next.

 

Krista


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Leaving the Glory to the Lord

Well what weekend.

Thursday we received some good news that Choices is finalizing the details for Maritime provinces to adopt from the Democratic Republic of  Congo (DRC). This is exciting news for us as we have been trying to pursue this avenue for about a month yet and still felt like we were treading water. So hopefully we will have more details on that coming next week, then we can go ahead with getting the requirements and proceed with our home study.

We have been working hard to save any penny that we can so that we can pay for adoption fees as they come up. I even stopped buying coffee from Country Style on a daily basis at work as I can save about $40.00 a month

Saturday as Daniel was on his way home from work he was definitely in the wrong place at the wrong time. He was in a car accident in front of DQ in town, and his vehicle is completely demolished, yup looks like he was participating in the Derby that day. I was in Bangor with a friend and he didn’t tell me until I got home, when I asked where his car was.

I have to say I was upset and angry as we have worked so hard to save money to cover adoption fees, and now we need a new car. We don’t know what the insurance company is going to provide us with for purchasing a new car, and we are guessing they are not going to want to fix his. So we are in the market for a new to us vehicle. That was definitely not in my plan. As his car was to last until we needed a larger vehicle, or had no car payment left.

I have a sort of life verse that I have been meditating on all week, and is the subtitle of my blog. Funny how 4 years ago a friend can preach on a verse that was very significant then and is also significant in this scenario as well, and actually every day of my life if I really think about it.

“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” Philippians 4:19 ESV

Roughly 4 years ago I had an infection in my wisdom teeth and had to have them surgically removed in the US, this was a procedure that the wait list was too long for me to have them done in Canada, and being on a border town this was the best option. This procedure cost us around 3,000 dollars that we really didn’t have at the time. So we thought we were going to have to put this on Credit, and pay the interest until we can pay it off. Well little did we realize but God had a bigger plan in mind. We were both working full time and that month there were 5 paychecks for each of us, which covered the fees that were involved for the removal of my 4 wisdom teeth. Yahoo God had this all figured out and provided for us!!!

Well as hard as it seems today in this scenario, and as frustrated as I am by this whole situation. Daniel and I were talking last night and he said he was just in the wrong place at the wrong time, however for whatever reason it seemed like God had him in that place at just the right time. Not sure for what, but only to somehow through this whole situation that the Glory would belong to the Lord.

So all of this to say after I took a step back, took a breath I can honestly say  “Lord whatever your will is for this situation, I believe you will provide as you always have in the past, I’m leaving this for your Glory.”

So as I take the back seat and let Jesus drive the car of our lives I await to see how he provides for this.

I’ll share when I receive an answer.

Krista