Friday, April 22, 2011

Joy during trials

Wow, I got my first negative comment today, EVER!  An anonymous commenter posted these words on this post regarding our fundraiser.

The little one needs to be with a family that have some money in the bank!!!
how are you going to raise him if you don't have money???

So just for clarification, I want everyone to know that I am writing this with sincerity and without a sarcastic tone, because sometimes our words are not always properly conveyed through writing.   I have never ever said that we don't have the money to raise this child.  Quite the contrary,  God has provided through my  husband a very comfortable living for our family of eight soon to be nine. And no adoption agency in their right mind would even allow a family to come forward and adopt a child without first meeting certain criteria, including finances.  This fundraiser is to raise the money to help offset some of the enormous fees that are required.  I don't know about you but I don't know anyone who has $25,000.00 just laying around in a bank.  We know we have been called to adopt Sergey and we are trusting in the Lord's provision and at last count of $11,000.00, He's providing very well:)  And I think the 506 commenter's would also agree.  We went into this knowing that their would be trials and those that would disagree with what we are doing but you know what this negative comment actually confirms in my heart that we are doing exactly what the Lord would have us do.

 Dear friends, do not be surprised at the painful trial you are suffering, as though something strange were happening to you.  But rejoice that you participate in the sufferings of Christ, so that you may be overjoyed when His glory is revealed.  1 Peter 4: 12 & 13

So then, those who suffer according to God's will should commit themselves to their faithful Creator and continue to do good.  1 Peter 4:19
Satan you intended this to bring me down but you will not win!  My spirits are lifted and I am moving forward fiercer than ever!!
And to the Anonymous commenter, I am choosing to believe that your intentions were only out of concern for our child's welfare and I hope that I have put your concerns at ease.  Please know for future reference that I am happy to answer any questions as long as it is in a loving manner.


  1. I didn't comment before, but make that 507 that would agree ;) Love you guys. God always provides. It's amazing.

  2. Well said!
    Hugs to you, Danielle.

  3. i have no doubt that this was a sincere response.
    you are pure class, danielle.

  4. Even when we may be able to do something ourselves, the best thing we can show our children is being humble enough to ask for a hand when needed. Life was never designed to handle alone. Sometime I feel like our society pushes us to try and be self sufficient to the point of extreme stresses and self doubt.

    I am so glad to have been able to help. And have no reservations in doing so. :)

  5. danielle you have such a loving way of responding.
    very god honoring.
    proud of you.
    great job explaining what is obvious to (almost) all of us.

    i am honored to help.
    i think we all are....all 500+of us.
    we love your heart and we already love sergey.

  6. Fitting on this Good Friday where we are reminded to take up our cross as He did you have so remarkable exemplified turning the other cheek. May your family be blessed immensely for walking this journey in obedience.

  7. What a gracious lady you are. Sergey is not only blessed, he is one lucky pup to have found your family. I wish I could have helped more.

  8. oooo...good response!!! I'm still waiting for my first stinker comment. And Satan - get outta here! No room for you in this adoption...!

  9. Very well said my friend.
    Love you. :)

  10. I posted a comment under anonymous earlier...must be in lala land. Yes, you responded correctly Danielle. I have been reading I Cor. 13:1-13. It tells us that all our efforts, resources, time, etc., is no good if we do not have love. God tells us it is the greatest thing we can do. I can attest to the love in their home!

  11. I saw that and wanted to say something...glad I didn't. You did a much better job than I would have. Perfect response!

  12. I am so proud of you for standing strong for what you believe in. We were just talking today about how we can't worry about the details. If the dreams big enough, the facts don't count!!! God puts the dream in our hearts and He will get us there one way or another, and most of the time it will demand the help of those around us. That person may not realize it, but he or she just warped you to your goal that much faster. God even uses the negatives to bring forth the positives. If God brought you to it, God will get you through it! That is one of my favorite sayings.

    (Thank you, whoever you are! You have just exponentially helped in bringing our nephew home. Betchya didn't plan for that to happen, huh?) :)

  13. I am so proud of you Danielle! I think you responded beautifully. It is so awesome seeing how God is working through all of this. Woohoo I can't wait for my 7th grandchild to be home!
    Love you guys!
    Mom (Renee)


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