On behalf of my sister, Alyson Hughes....
We are each His beautiful vessel, called to pour out the light and love of Christ; therefore, WE GO...
Hebrews 11:1, “Now faith is being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we cannot see.”
For years I prayed to be a mother. My husband and I went through infertility treatments, I did every online trick or diet that supposedly increased your chances of becoming pregnant. Year after year, disappointment. Then after 18 years of being married I had an enormous amount of peace about surrendering to God’s plan for my life even if that meant I would never become a mother.
Around that same time a good friend of ours was doing amazing work in Nicaragua to free women in sex trafficking. My husband and I decided to ring in New Years 2016 in Nicaragua with my friend and his team. Once we arrived in Nicaragua we were positive God had brought us there for something we least expected. God softened our hearts toward orphans and called us to adoption by showing me I was a mother without a child and somewhere there was a child without a mother. I could feel in my spirit a supernatural connection to a child I had never met. I prayed on that bus ride, ‘Lord give me the will to do your will.
We came back to the US and began the adoption process. I will spare you the details of a 2 year wait. It was in this season of waiting I learned the most about faith. I put all my trust and hope in Him. I clung to His promises like never before. Someone told me, “Do not doubt in the dark what you believed in the light” – so I frequently went back and remembered my surrender. I chose to follow Him even in the waiting.
Can I suggest to you that it is only in our disappointment that we discover our appointment? God used every moment of my waiting to draw me into a deeper relationship with Him.
In December 2017 we were matched to our son in Ecuador. We traveled to Quito, Ecuador in April 2018 and experienced the most incredible 2-month adventure in his country before bringing him home in June. Julio Isaac Hughes is everything I never imagined. I still have no idea how God pulled this off! There are no words to describe the miracles I watched unfold as God created our family. I’m thankful God provided the strength to wait for His best even though it looked different than my plan.
Further Reading: Hebrews 11; Ephesians 2:10
Dear Lord and Father God, You blow my mind with your miracle working power! (Psalms 40:5) Help us continue to say “yes” to you. Your plans are so beyond what we could ask or imagine. Give us courage to hang on tight in the waiting. Thank you for calling us into places of discomfort so that we depend fully on you. Thank you for trusting me to be a part of your plan for Julio’s life. Amen.