We truly are a family redefined. We are husband, wife, son, daughter, step children, biological and adopted children and most importantly, Children of God.

A friend pointed out that I needed to update my blog header. After our adoption from Ethiopia, I had updated it stating how the adoption of Sara Joy completed our family. Well... the journey continues. After much prayer, we have decided to follow what we feel is God's calling for us...we went to Ghana with the intention of adopting a four year old girl, Isabella Hope. Little did we know that she would be the catalyst to bringing home not only her, but her half brother and sister. We will now be adding not only Isabella Hope to our family, but also Mary Grace (9) and Gilbert (6) who we will transition to the name Nathaniel Timothy. The shock is wearing off and the JOY and EXCITEMENT are overwhelming. Now truly, our family is complete. The great part of journeying with God, is that it's always an adventure. He knows where we are going, and for us it is all a marvelous surprise. Looking forward to sharing our family adventures as we walk daily through life and as we venture off to Ghana to bring home Mary, Nate and Isabella! It's always an adventure redefining our family!

Thursday, January 21, 2010

Sad News

First I will start with the good news.  I can now see out of both of my eyes!  Whoo-Hoo.  It's not the absolute right prescription for my eye right now, but at least I can see out of it.  Still have the headaches, but I think it will take some time for my eye to adjust to being used again.  Hopefully that will happen soon.  I'm just glad to be able to see somewhat normally again.  Thank you for your prayers!

On a very sad note, after my Dr. appt this morning, I was riding into work with Tim and got a phone call from work.  Tragically, on the way into work today a young man that I work with was killed.  He was driving into work and it seems as though he went off the shoulder of the road a bit and overcorrected and flipped his vehicle several times.  I don't know all the details, but I do know that a police officer was traveling behind him at the time and witnessed it.  He was wearing a seat belt.  He wasn't speeding.  It seemed to be just an accident.  The young man was 24. 

My heart sank when I heard the news.  I rejoiced in only ONE fact - that this young man was a Christian.  He is in the arms of Jesus!!!  He stopped by my office one day a few weeks ago and asked if he could talk to me.  So, we chatted.  He was asking me about my eye condition, how I knew I first had a problem, and how I coped through the circumstances that come along with it.  Obviously that opened the door to a very spiritual conversation, as it is only through the strength and provisions provided by God that I make it.  I told him that  much.  I told him how I dealt with it in an ungodly manner prior to my salvation.  I was so angry and it was a huge struggle.  The anger is now gone, the struggle is still there, but I know I will be provided for.  All of my needs will be met.  God has a plan for me with even this condition.

He shared with me his spiritual beliefs.  He put his faith in Jesus Christ.  I am SO glad that I know that.  I'm so glad that I had that conversation with him.  I'm not sure WHY that conversation happened, but I'm sure it happened for a reason.  As a result of his death, I was able to share his spiritual beliefs with a few people today - maybe that is some of the good that will come out of this tragedy. 

Hold your children close tonight.  Remember the Allen family in your prayers tonight.  I can't imagine the heartbreak in that family.  I can't imagine the feeling of such a sudden tragedy.  Remember his friends, because he had many and I'm sure they are hurting.  Remember those who work with him - as I'm sure they are struggling through today.  I saw him yesterday and now he is gone today.  Life can change in the blink of an eye.  Are you ready to go to your eternal home if this were to happen to you?  Have you put your faith, your future in the hands of Jesus Christ?  I mean REALLY put your eternal destiny in the hands of Christ?  If you have - Praise God.  If not, it's something you should really think about.

Please pray with me tonight for this very hurting family!

In Christ,


Lori said...

SO glad your sight is progressing!

SO heartbroken for that family. Keeping them in prayer..

Jennifer said...

Oh my goodness...heartbreaking. Praying for that dear family.

The Andersons said...

Hello! I just found your blog and wanted to say that we are in Greenville and home with our Ethiopian daughter. We come to Hartsville several times a year so I just wanted to say hi in case the Lord allows us to ever meet. Blessings for you journey!

Angie said...

Charity - I love you. Now since that is out of the way I would like for you to pray for two situations. The first one is for a young woman and mother of two named Tara. She is a beautiful person inside and out and her husband, Rusty, is not saved and has become very hostile toward her and the God that she serves. I realize that this is conviction that he is fighting but please lift his name up before the Lord that he would accept him as Savior and lord of his life.

The second request is for a family that is truly in financial ruins. They have been faithful but they have been tempted to be deceitful in some business dealings that are not ethical. They have stood their ground and not given in even though on the surface it seems as though it would be their way out of financial poverty but they are trusting God to perform a miracle so HE can be given the glory.
Their names are Stephanie and Jason so please pray for them as well.


Andy, Charity, Noah, Heath and Elijah said...

I found you on EthiopiaAdopt & when I saw your name, I just had to come over & "meet" you. We are also adopting from ET as a concurrent while we wait on our China adoption journey. We live in West TN. I'll join you in your prayer project - let me know how I can pray for you. Mine is just that these adoptions will follow God's will and not my own. Feel free to come visit me on my blog journey.
-Charity Morris ;0)
www. amorrisfamilyjournal. blogspot. com

ps - you have a beautiful family