When Life Overflows

Every success story is a tale of constant adaption, revision, and change.

Richard Branson

I wanted to call this post Her Arms are Strong for the Task, based on one of the notorious Proverbs 31 woman’s character traits. Yes, I very much wanted it to be so. Strong arms would be just the thing for this time and place in my life, but in reality, my arms feel very incapable of the task before me.

You see, last week, a social worker called out of the blue and told us they needed us to take Baby J’s little sister into our home. I can’t even tell you the disappointment I felt, not because we were going to have our little June bug with us, but for the loss my granddaughter was experiencing. I do not know the reasons Child Protective Services came to their decision to remove our sweet baby from her mama, but I trust it was to keep June safe.

So here we are again.

We are tired, overwhelmed, and grieving. We were hoping for the best for our granddaughter and her baby. But as I type those words, it occurs to me that this is the best for the situation. It may have not been my best ‘makes-sense-to-me’ plan, or my granddaughter’s, but it is God’s. I don’t know how all things are going to work together in this situation, but I do know God has the best path in mind for everyone involved.

If you want to know the truth, I had a bit of a crisis of faith. I wanted to quit praying because whatever I have in mind for the solution never seemed to be what God has in mind.  His plans for dealing with any situation rarely appeared to be the ones I could devise or imagine, but I have found they have been the most effective towards attaining the best outcome. They are always the kind of plans that will change the world in the long run instead of a quick momentary fix.

God’s method of that world change almost always includes acts of love and compassion through the hearts and hands of individuals. It’s been faithful over and over. No matter how difficult and disastrous the situations appear to be, God calls on us to love with all we have. He uses the power of connection to bring hope and build community. We each have it in us to make things better in the world. We need to trust God’s plan. And in this most recent event, my part of making things better is to love a tiny baby girl while her mother gets her life into a stable and healthy place.

So yes, our life is overflowing, but it has been for some time. We live in a place of abundance when we consider all God has to offer us when we find ourselves in uncertain situations. There are a couple of verses found in Second Corinthians 12 that say,

But he (Jesus) said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore, I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may rest on me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9-10

You see, it’s not my arms that need to be strong for the task. When I’m feeling weak, that’s when Jesus can shine. And it’s his power that I want to flow out into the world for others to see.

“Prayer is not asking. Prayer is putting oneself in the hands of God, at his disposition, and listening to his voice in the depths of our hearts.”

Mother Teresa

Newsy News:

  • The same day we got the call to come to pick up June, we also heard that the courts made it possible for us to adopt Baby J. We have a short waiting period, and then paperwork will be filed, and a date set. We are looking forward to finalizing the process.
  • Our granddaughter, Hero, will be with for the year so that she can homeschool. Our new schedule of visitations with June’s mommy and daddy is going to make it a little hard to be in Oklahoma as much as we wanted. We are going to have to be creative in how to make a schedule that will allow Hero to see her mom and dad regularly, too.
  • I’ll get back to posting recipes just as soon as we get used to our new routine. Right now, Grub Hub is my friend. Lol.
  • And don’t fear, I am still going to post the pics from our trip to Missouri. We had a wonderful time there and want to share some of the sights we enjoyed with you. We plan some more excursions throughout the year as our schedule permits. Maybe you could help us find some new places to see by telling us about your favorites.

Thanks for stopping by!

It’s always a pleasure.

7 Comments Add yours

  1. Tom Dunn says:

    Patty and Paul, e are sending all our love prayers, and as much support as possible your way while you continue demonstrating your deep love for this family and for God. I’m proud of you.

    1. Patty Schell says:

      Thank you.

  2. Oh, Patty, please know I will keep you and Paul in my prayers! What you have taken on is nothing less than a testament to the value of life. That you have heeded God’s calling in your late years in life speaks volumes to your commitment to the Lord. I honestly don’t know if I could do what you have, yet I hope and pray that if that time ever comes, my reaction will be the same as yours. Just know you are a light that shines brightly and truly, and an inspiration to others who also face these tough, but necessary, decisions.
    Love and blessings to all of you!

    1. Patty Schell says:

      Thank you.

  3. Lots more prayers coming your family’s way my friend.

    1. Patty Schell says:

      Thank you.

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