God Is Always Enough ~ 1 of 4

God Chose for Us ~ God Is Always Enough by Mary Rees

As I lay on the delivery table my heart was overjoyed to think God had blessed us with another child.  Our first was a dear dainty girl, Elisabeth, born eighteen months before.  But this was our first son.  We had already decided on his name.  We named him Nathanael after the missionary pilot, Nate Saint.  My husband, Jim, was a pilot and I was a former missionary.  We hoped perhaps one day this son would be involved in missionary aviation.  His middle name would be James after his father.  Shortly following the birth Jim had left the room headed for the cafeteria.  I had been in labor most of the night and Jim was right by my side through it all.  But once baby was delivered, Dad was ready for breakfast.  So off he went and there I lay alone with my thoughts waiting for them to bring my baby back to me after the pediatrician had examined him.  The pediatrician entered with a sober look on his face.
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What Time I Am Afraid … ~ 2 of 4

God Chose for Us ~ What Time I Am Afraid … by Mary Rees

Have you ever been afraid?  Many of us can think back to fears we had in our childhood.  Recently I had to fill out a medical questionnaire for my son and one question asked, “Is there anything of which he is fearful?”  I had to really think about that.  He is not afraid of anything – now.  But there was a time when he as much younger that we battled the Giant Fearfulness in his life.
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The Best You Can Be ~ 3 of 4

God Chose for Us ~ The Best You Can Be by Mary Rees

Our school year was nearing an end.  This was the third year we had reviewed subtraction facts in hopes that Nathanael would be able to memorize them, so he could move on to other things.  That day I saw him with the number line once again counting off numbers rather than doing his problems by memory.  When I asked him about it he said he still did not have the facts memorized.  “Well, I guess it’s time to forget that and move on,” I sighed.  “Oh no, Mommy,” Continue Reading…

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“In Acceptance Lieth Peace” ~ 4 of 4

God Chose for Us ~ “In Acceptance Lieth Peace” by Mary Rees

The title of this chapter is taken from the title of a poem by Amy Carmichael, a missionary to India from 1895 until her death in 1951.  It was this missionary that inspired me to serve God as a missionary before I married.  Her writing and example challenged me as a student in Bible College and continue to encourage me to die to my own desires and to serve Christ
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Peace in My Heart ~ 1 of 6

A Providential Mix-Up ~ Peace in My Heart by Robin Foster

Ed, Losha and I left Chicago on February 28th, 2008.  Destination: Russia.  Our goal: adoption.  It was real, not a figment of my imagination!  I, Robin Foster, an unorganized scaredy-cat, fearful of new things, claustrophobic, afraid of heights, nervous about flying (especially over water) took off with total God-given peace in my heart.  I was about to make a flight over the ocean to Russia of all places,

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A Deliberate Choice ~ 2 of 6

A Providential Mix-Up ~ A Deliberate Choice by Robin Foster

Life as we knew it has never been the same again!  We deliberately chose this life-changing path, regardless of consequences, but not blindly.  We believed it to be right, good and God honoring.  We wanted this boy for our own to love and nurture, having the definite sense that God had put that desire in our hearts.

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The Adoption Process ~ 3 of 6

A Providential Mix-Up ~ The Adoption Process by Robin Foster

Starting out, we were given a possible dollar amount of what to expect.  Although the cost has been high, so have the blessings been abundant.  Early on, we received some wonderful gifts, many of which we don’t even know the donors’ names, but we are grateful to every one of them for their generosity and compassion on Alex’s soul!

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Russia Experience ~ 4 of 6

A Providential Mix-Up ~ Russia Experience by Robin Foster

When we reached Moscow and Penza, we met the wonderful, capable people placed by our adoption agency to help us through a process, which would have been impossible without them!    Ed, Losha and I enjoyed some sightseeing in Moscow, and did a lot of walking around the area where we stayed in Penza.  The market place, food, customs, etc. were something we wanted to take in for Losha to remember.  They were Russian, but they were not familiar to him.

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Challenges and Conflicts ~ 5 of 6

A Providential Mix-Up ~ Challenges and Conflicts by Robin Foster

Much was going on in our home as Alex was being immersed in unfamiliar family life, learning a language from scratch and living with people he didn’t know and didn’t know what to expect from them.  He was going to church where he couldn’t understand a word that was being preached.  I was perceived as an authority figure, and while I was security, he really wanted to be with Dad and the boys.   Ed’s word was law.  With the girls he was very Russian Continue Reading…

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Eternal Treasures ~ 6 of 6

A Providential Mix-Up ~ Eternal Treasures by Robin Foster

God fits each of us with different gifts and functions in life, but something He gives each and every one of us is the opportunity to lay up treasures in heaven where neither moth nor rust doth corrupt.  There are so many things in our lives that will be burned up like wood, hay and stubble.  They will be of no eternal value.  We often put our energies Continue Reading…

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