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Give me Jesus

If you subscribe to my blog via email or networked through Facebook or Google Reader…scoot over to my blog for a minute. The first song playing is by–oh my soul–Fernando Ortega…Give me Jesus.

You can give have all this world–but give ME Jesus…

No matter what the Lord has set in front of you today–this afternoon–tonight…whenever you are reading this…He is enough.

In the morning…when I rise…Give Me Jesus.

Go on over…


All that is on your plate.

All that is on your shoulders.

All your fears.

All your worries.

He wants.

For some reason–He allowed those things…each and every one to come your way.

BUT. He never intended for YOU to really carry them.

He wants to.

But He can’t.

Until you hand them over to Him.

One by one.

You can say them by name.

And tell Him—you don’t understand them all.

But He does…

And He has an amazing plan for each one.

WHEN you hand them to Him.

He wants us to sit before Him…empty handed.

And then–He wants to fill us.

Listen again…

You can have all this world…but give me Jesus.

Waiting on Him…

I had a sweet conversation with our agency representative today. With the diagnosis from the doctor–we can get doctors notes, get them cleared from the agency and country rep and if all looks well–move forward. However, I told her that I couldn’t help but see the Lord trying to show us something…to slow down…to make sure I’m 100%…to simply wait on Him and His perfect timing. I want to be sure I feel good in 1, 2 or even 3 months. I want to make sure my heart isn’t getting ahead of the Shepherd leading it. And just wait on Him. He is too good not to lead me. He has been so faithful. And He will guide us…and lead us…and if it’s His will for us to bring home a precious princess in China–He will lead and guide us in His perfect timing.

Some times a door closes. And it’s closed for just a time for forever. Days–weeks and months might pass…and the door opens. I never want to look for open doors MORE than I look for Him standing in it…and calling me to come…in His time.

My homeopathic doctor thinks he can have Lyme’s cleared in 6 months. My rheumatologist says there is no cure for Sjogren’s–it’s just arthritis pain here and there…maybe some forgetfulness/memory sprinkled in…some of this and some of that…but nothing to take it away. I figure we’ll continue natural Lyme treatment and make sure all is well…and as we wait–and walk this part of the journey…we’ll keep our eyes on the open doors and wait on Him to say COME.

Blessings to you today.


Joy - November 15, 2011 - 9:35 pm

I am praying for peace, healing and discrenment for you. Thanks for sharing your journey with us.

Amy strachan - November 15, 2011 - 11:36 pm

Have been thinking of you and praying for you Andrea. So admire you for waiting on Him for that ‘come’, is the absolute best place you could be, walking closely with Him. {hugs}

Lara - November 15, 2011 - 11:40 pm

One of my favorite songs.

Kim - November 15, 2011 - 11:43 pm

Oh sweet friend. How you are ministering me in my own season of waiting. Repatriation is simply NOT easy. Kids are doing fabulous. Mom & Dad however miss the adventureous expat life that is so far removed from the American Rat Race that is sucking us in. I keep reminding myself that God always has plans for my plans. Thank you for the reminder of the lyrics (and truth) of this song … Just Give Me Jesus! Praying for your recovery and for wisdom on your Chinese princess!
Love & Blessings,

Rory - November 16, 2011 - 9:38 am

Andrea, praying that His blessings overtake you today. You are so wise to wait on Him (so much easier said than done sometimes!)…STRENGTH rises when you wait upon the Lord. You WILL run and NOT grow weary, you WILL walk and NOT faint…you WILL mount up on eagle’s wings…praying for you in the wait and as your body COMPLETELY heals. (Though you already outrun and outdo most of the moms I know, so the world better just buckle their seat belts when you are back to 100%!)
Love ya!
P.S. You are so sweet to fix the comment and email. Just another thing that makes you such a wonderful person, and I am thankful today that you are one of my sisters in Christ.:)

Sandi H. - November 16, 2011 - 12:25 pm

This normally super active momma was told yesterday by the MD to REST for a month after all of a sudden starting to have scary asthma attacks. No volunteering, no serving others in ways that require physical exertion, no crazy schedules, to stay close to home & just BE for a while. I told him he obviously hadn’t read the stay-at-home mom/volunteer extraordinaire job description. I almost think that sometimes God just wants to bring you back into the nest to focus solely on you & to REJUVINATE YOUR SPIRIT. Maybe like a wounded bird he uses unexpected slow down times bring us UNDER HIS WING & teach us NEW things that we may miss in the everyday rush. Maybe he also uses it to remind us of just how perfectly HE is in control. It has definitely got me reflecting on how he has BLESSED us & just how much he has given us to be THANKFUL for. Praying for lots of PEACEFUL, happy family moments & REJUVINATION for your spirit during this slow down time!

Andrea - November 16, 2011 - 2:39 pm

Praying for you as you wait to hear from the Lord.

Rachelle - November 16, 2011 - 2:59 pm

Just wanted to stop and say, hey and thanks for always being a light of truth:) God bless!

Angela - November 16, 2011 - 5:36 pm

I have been thinking of you at a hard time of uncertainty in your life and you are an inspiration to me. I love your blog and seeing pictures of your sweet family!! Our 6 year old ET daughter has now only been home for 3 weeks and we are stil waiting to get clearance on our little guy (2 yrs old) so we can bring him home!! We have 4 bio kids, so it’s busy but I love following blogs with similar situations!!

Melissa - November 17, 2011 - 10:32 pm

It feels like God used you to send a message to my heart that I desperately needed this week. Thank you once again for your beautitul messages and for so graciously sharing your heart. You truly lifted my struggling spirit with this post.