He Sees and He Provides


I’m working something through my mind that I should probably put in a completed and tidy package before I write about it, but here I am, pink coffee mug next to me, laptop on the kitchen counter, snow falling outside the window – and you in your homes, at work, or wherever you are, and I want to talk this over with you.

Yesterday we went to church and nearly wept through the sermon. Our pastor has been preaching a series on the different names of God, and he taught about YHWH Yireh – The Lord Who Provides. The sermon was rich, and more than I could possibly explain, so I want to share just four simple things that spoke to us as adoptive parents.

1.  Our God sees.

The name YHWH Yireh, which means the Lord Who Provides, is entwined with an amazing principle, He Sees.

The Lord said, “I have indeed seen the misery of my people in Egypt.  I have heard them crying out because of their slave drivers, and I am concerned about their suffering.”‘ Ex. 3:

Suffering can cause us to wonder if God has turned away.  Does he even care about us anymore?  We need to know that we are not invisible to him.  He sees us.

2.  He does not leave us.

When we, like Abraham and Moses, say, “Here I am,” use me as you will, God does not leave us.  He sees us and he provides.  These two imperfect men set an example for us. (Gen. 22: 1 – 18  and Ex. 3: 1- 4)

The Lord sees our family and knows the struggles we have had since saying “yes” to loving and caring for orphans.  He see you and knows exactly what you are experiencing as you serve him.

3. He provides.

Not only does he see – he provides.   The Lord provided the sacrifice for Abraham, and He provided all that Moses needed to lead the children of Israel out of captivity.

When  he calls you to adopt children, he will provide all that you need – not only to bring them into your family, but to carry you through the coming years.

4.  We must recount the ways He has provided.

In the deepest suffering, we may not see how God is providing – but looking back the picture becomes clearer.  The Lord has provided so amazingly for us, and yet sometimes we still feel alone.  Recounting the ways he has provided reminds us of his generous love toward us, gives glory to him, and builds faith – our own and that of others.

Russ and I are going to begin a list of all of the ways the Lord has provided for us since we answered the call to adopt our children.  I suspect it is going to be quite long and we are going to be amazed.

Blessed be the Lord! For he has heard the voice of my pleas for mercy.  The Lord is my strength and my shield; in him my heart trusts, and I am helped; my heart exults, and with my song I give thanks to him.  The Lord is the strength of his people; he is the saving refuge of his anointed. Oh, save your people and bless your heritage! Be their shepherd and carry them forever. Ps. 28: 6 – 9

Special thanks to our pastor, Aaron Couch, for the way he faithfully leads us more deeply into our relationship with Jesus Christ.

Question:  How has God provided for you?

Encourage one another.

Lisa

 

 

 

 

 

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

18 Comments

  1. Julie Blair Pitts
    November 12, 2012

    God has given us so much. It is good to think on all He has provided over the past 10 years of adoption for us. I can't believe I just typed "10 years", because it was almost 10 years ago that God started telling me that we would be adopting a child from Guatemala. He didn't say boy or girl. He didn't say when. Just preparing my heart and my husband's heart for a child. We didn't anticipate this at all; however, we took the "Abraham/Isaac" approach to following God in what we hoped and still hope is faithfulness.

    God provided the right jobs, the right situations, the right finances, the right agency (although corrupt), the right people at the right times, the right home(s), the right everything. God provided all we would need to bring home our first born, Benjamin, and we have since had to learn to lean on Jesus even more since he has so much heartache that he struggles to overcome.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 12, 2012

      Thank you, Julie. God is so faithful and good – we need to remind one another of that truth.

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  2. sleepyknitter
    November 12, 2012

    How hasn't He! 🙂 But specifically in just this last year alone, in just three days He provided all the money we needed to add on an emergency adoption to an already-in-progress adoption for which we were $15,000 behind. The emergency adoption was completely paid for! Then He provided the $10,000 in out-of-pocket medical expenses to take care of these two girls once they arrived in our home. Then He provided a "practically perfect" second family for the teen from the emergency adoption when it was painfully obvious that she was not going to adjust to our family. Then when we lost our main source of income (which we had known for months in advance was going to happen), He provided a way for us to stay in our home so that the other daughter that we had adopted could continue in her school without having yet another change in her life while she adjusted to life in the States. Then He found us a *local* vision therapist to help this daughter with her unique learning issues. Etc.!!!!! This last year has been the hardest of my life for many, many reasons, and yet when I look at the many ways He has provided during this year, I can only thank Him in gratefulness! Thank you for the opportunity to post/boast about His goodness.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 12, 2012

      I loved reading this list – it is amazing, isn't it? We need to recount these blessing to one another.

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  3. Hannah G
    November 12, 2012

    I don't have an adopted child, but I do have a child with cancer. And if you had told me three months ago that our family would be living 90 miles apart from one another; that I would go for whole weeks without seeing my husband or other children; that we would be nursing our son through debilitating nausea, crippling exhaustion, and painful treatments; that we would be missing out on birthdays and school and friendships and church; that our plans would be in constant flux on an hourly basis, I would have said that I absolutely could not do this. I would have told you that there was no way on earth we could cope with this situation. And I would have been right.

    It's true that this is not something we could get through on our own strength. We are weak—much too weak for this challenge. But that is where *His* strength is perfected. Here, in our weakest moment, is where we have known the incomparable power and mercy of God more than at any other time in our lives. Through his direct provision, and through the help of friends, the assistance of family, and the aid of the Church, He has met our needs in remarkable and often unexpected ways—more ways than I can number. Even seemingly insignificant things that happened years ago have led up to providing us with exactly what we needed right now. We could never have planned for this. But He knew what we would need, long, long before we had the faintest idea what was coming.

    Our son's name is Jonah. And that name serves to remind us daily that even in the depths of the sea, in the cold darkness, in the misery and distress of the fish's belly, God is there. And the God who is there is the God who sees, who hears, and who provides.

    As Jonah told my husband and me just recently, "I really don't understand why anybody would get angry at God or push away from Him because they get cancer. Having cancer just makes me want to be even closer to God than ever. I mean, God's the only one who can help us." And to that I say, Amen.

    Our little ship is storm-tossed, but if Christ is here (and He is!) in this wildly pitching vessel, then we need not fear. The storm is real. The wind is powerful. The waves can be terrifying. But we are in the care of the One whom even the wind and the waves obey—and this means that there is no better place on earth to be.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 12, 2012

      Hannah,thank you for your beautiful words. He sees – and that means everything to me. We continue to pray for Jonah.

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    2. Angela
      November 18, 2012

      Thank you for sharing your story. I have much to be thankful for this morning. Thank you for so gently reminding me. I will be praying for your Jonah!

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  4. Laurel
    November 12, 2012

    Wonderful message! Thanks for sharing.

    The past 2 years for our family has been ALL about God's Miraculous Provision.

    #1. He has provided for us financially . . . as Jim has been out of work much of the past 2 years. We have paid every bill, on time, without incurring debt. Twice, we were just one day away from not having money to pay the mortgage, when Jim got a phone call to do a little Painting or Mr. Fix-It type of job. Three years after earning our Adoption Tax Credit, we got the check in the mail at the beginning of 5 solid months of no work. As soon as the adoption tax credit ran out . . . Jim got a temporary job.

    #2 He has provided for us emotionally . . . (He has seen our misery; He has heard us crying out) as we have walked through the most difficult crisis after crisis after crisis for the past 3 years. We have never doubted His presence, even as we have felt we were nearly drowning in grief and pain.

    #3 He has provided for us relationally . . . (He has never left us; He has not walked away from us) even when most of our local friends deserted us in our deepest crisis, God provided long distance friends to pray for us and/or text or call or email just at the moment we thought we could not take another step forward.

    #4 He BLESSES us . . . way beyond just "provision". For our 30th Anniversary, the Lord provided an amazing 8 day trip to Puerto Rico for us last month. Absolutely beyond anything we could have dreamed of or asked for. We did not "deserve" it. We did not "earn" it. We did not even "ask" for it. No. The Lord just chose to BLESS us . . . just because He LOVES us.

    Yes. God is Our Provider. He knows our needs. He answers our prayers. He carries us when we are too broken to walk through the pain.

    Thanks for the great reminder today. Hope your day is BLESSED!

    Laurel
    mama of 12

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 12, 2012

      Laurel – thank you! Having known you through much of this time, it is beautiful to see the blessings listed out for all to read.

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  5. Leah
    November 12, 2012

    When we left South Korea and my husband, who was stationed there with the Army, to bring Eden to Hawaii for life saving surgeries I had no idea the depth of God provision for us. His careful, sweet love for me is and was so completely overwhelming. Eden had a colostomy bag due to a complicated birth defect that was unattended to while she was living in her orphanage. Maybe you have experience with a colostomy bag, but if you have not it is a MOST sticky experience. Changing, emptying and caring for a colostomy bag is no joke to be sure. While in Korea we searched high and low for the "perfect" colostomy bag changing station. One that could fit in our small bathroom while still keeping Eden lying still during the process. We found it…and then we had to leave for Hawaii. I did not even thing to ask God to provide for a place to change her colostomy bag. It was not on the long list of life saving things that needed to happen in a few short days. However, when we arrived at our guest house and I walked into the bathroom to change Eden's colostomy bag there it was. THE SAME EXACT table. God, in His sweetness and loving kindness, knew how hard this process was and provided for me. He is able in the big and in the small. His provision is ALWAY best and perfect.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 12, 2012

      Leah, I've had a little bit of experience helping with a colostomy bag and I can imagine how important that was to you. Isn't it amazing the things that make us feel loved 🙂

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  6. melodie111
    November 12, 2012

    I'm so glad I stopped and read this entire post, comments included tonight. What encouragement during this time of Thanksgiving….Thank you!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 12, 2012

      Melodie, I'm glad you read it too. The comments are wonderful – God is so good to us.

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  7. Jenny
    November 13, 2012

    Thank you so much for this encouragement. I don't often get the chance to comment but as I'm home sick today, I don't have much else to do. Regardless, your blog is such an encouragement to me every day as a foster mom and hopeful adoptive mom to 7 kiddos over the past 2 years and 4 currently.

    As far as God's provision for us, I could write a book! God provided peace, faith, and finances as my husband was dying from a massive brain hemorrhage. He then provided healing to my husband when he was not expected to survive and definitely would not be functional again( He currently is not only functional but a business owner, father, husband, and an incredible man of God!)

    God has provided finances for us when were on the brink of bankruptcy due to loss of jobs. We have never missed a bill payment or a meal!

    God has provided sanity and peace in multiple times of being a caretaker for various family members all while caring for the foster children God entrusted us with.

    Daily God provides wisdom, peace, strength, joy, finances, support, endurance, faith….. as we lead and parent our ever changing foster family and wait for the children who will eventually be ours to keep and will finally call us mommy and daddy.

    This is only a very short list. Our God is SO GOOD!

    Thank you again for your candor, grace, and faith. I'm blessed by you!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 13, 2012

      Jenny, I'm crying just reading this. I am so encouraged by the love God pours out on us.

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  8. Lisa Qualls
    November 13, 2012

    My friend sent this to me and asked me to post it as a comment.

    "i was neglected and often went hungry growing up. i rarely had clothes that fit. spent long hours alone. when i could finally drive i bought a car for a few hundred dollars and spent more than a few nights in it. as a result, i have to remind myself not to worry for what i will eat or drink, or how i shall clothe myself, for even the birds of the air God cares for thoroughly. i am 30 now, with 4 children, and my father-in-law purchased a freezer for me for christmas, knowing that i like having extra food in the house. recently it was full enough that things were regularly falling out on the floor. one of these times, as something heavy loudly hit the floor it looked, to my spirit, that the inside of the freezer was aglo as the thoughts and emotions started to rush that God saw fit to give me ALL THIS FOOD. He could have provided just enough and i am to thank Him all the same. but He chose to stuff the freezer FULL, with sales and gifts and treats. i was blown away. all of the sudden each and every package, to my spirit, looked wrapped with a bow. just for me. His daughter who likes a little extra food around. my encouragement to you is that God knows you. look with a keen eye for what he lavishes, large or small, on you; the you that you are in particularly. throughout the bible He says 'remember'. thank you for this post today lisa."

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  9. Linda
    November 15, 2012

    Not until the loom is silent
    and the shuttles cease to fly
    Will God unroll the canvas
    and explain the reasons why
    The dark threads are as needful
    In the weaver's skillful Hand
    As the bits of Gold and Silver
    In the pattern He has planned.

    This was a bookmark in my Bible as a teenager. I've been thinking of it a lot lately. It seems like I'm in the easy colors now, but I look and think, Wow, what a blessing to have had dark threads. I'm sure there are more to come! God is SO very good, and those dark threads remind me just how blessed I've been to have such a rich pattern called My Life. Things like meeting you, Lisa. Reading this blog. All those dark threads have lead to this moment of knowing God and seeing Him work! Amazingly humbling!

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 15, 2012

      Thank you, Linda, for sharing this, and for becoming such an important part of Dimples' life in such a short time.

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