10.29.14

October 29, 2014 — 1 Comment

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10.29.14

has it really been 28 days since i posted an adoption update?

we have been waiting to be filed in court and have heard nothing until last thursday.

we were asked to submit a document declaring we accept k’s referral.

we believe this document is for court – either for it to be filed or for a judge who is hearing the case.

we certainly hope for the latter, but celebrate movement nonetheless.

we were hoping to hear word today of the purpose of this document we submitted.

calls were made but to no avail.

regardless if news makes it to us today, tomorrow or next week,

our hope is in God

as He continues to move no matter how invisible and incredibly difficult wait and communication have been.

isn’t that what faith is?

Now faith is the assurance of things hoped for, the conviction of things not seen…By faith we understand that the universe was created by the word of God, so that what is seen was not made out of things that are visible. (Hebrews 11:1-3 ESV)

so keep believing and trusting with us.

we know we are close to holding our little girl.

for it’s court that gives us written orders which is custody!

then her passport is applied for and then we travel!

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our agency will call daily until we hear news.

but regardless of earthly communication, it’s the heavenly kind that can move mountains!

stay connected to the blog for here’s where we’ll announce when we have any news and we’re dreaming of some fun moments that we can’t wait to be a reality!

adoption shower

October 26, 2014 — Leave a comment

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Thank you Shauna for letting me take over your blog for today!

If you are reading this, I know you have followed the Pilgreen Adoption very closely. It has been amazing to see how God has worked through this entire journey over the last two years. The Pilgreens are currently waiting for court orders, and then they will be able to apply for K’s passport and travel to bring her home!

It was almost 11 years ago that I first met Ben and Shauna and since that time, their family has been one of the greatest blessings in my life. Ben, Shauna and their boys go to great lengths to serve and care for others so incredibly well. As they prepare to welcome K into their family, we want to return that blessing.

On Sunday, November 9th,

we are hosting a party for the Pilgreens

to shower them with blessings and gifts

and I would love for YOU to join us!

If you live outside of the Bay Area, feel free to join us from afar through the mail.

Many people have asked what items would be most helpful. At K’s age it will be important for her to pick out a lot of her own clothes and accessories once she is home.

In light of that, gift cards will be most helpful. Ben and Shauna will also bring gifts to India to share with the orphanage and others who have been in K’s life.

Here is a list of stores where Ben, Shauna, and K will be shopping and items that they will be purchasing:

Target: Gifts for orphanage, travel supplies, clothing/household items for K

Amazon: Educational materials for K, including books in her language

Any girl’s clothing store: Ben and Shauna will need to bring 7-10 outfits for K to India and once K is home, she will be able to pick out clothing that fits her style and preference.

Visa Gift Card: Ben and Shauna have some specific items that are needed for K and their travel and for those who have cared for K.

If you live in San Francisco, join us November 9 from 12:30-2:00pm at Epic Church (250 Stevenson).

You can rsvp here.

For those who live across the US or can’t make it, feel free to mail cards or gifts to the following addresses:

Pilgreen Shower
c/o Lindsey Lee
P.O. Box 77604
San Francisco, CA 94107

or at lindsey@epicsf.com.

Excited!

–Lindsey Lee

white picket fences

October 22, 2014 — 2 Comments

evil is not contained to the middle east. but surely we know that.

ISIS is not a new ploy. the enemy just decorates it as such with an increased amount of fear.

shootings in schools and malls and theaters and corner stores and homes.

a woman beheaded in the midwest.

air traffic control set fire.

we are growing more suspicious.

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women and children, under threats and extreme brutality, are commanded to denounce their God.

airport security is tighter, not for the fun of it, but because of the reality of the times.

our school will elaborately celebrate a day honoring the dead, but my children are forbidden to pray aloud to the Living God.

gone are the white picket fences.

it was pretty while it lasted. it’s not just a mere image to this generation.

my first thought of a white picket fence is the one that surrounded the home in Father of the Bride.

idealistic. charming. fairy tale. american.

the three foot, rather, decoration, is opened by friends and family only.

the occasional milkman and mailman.

neighbors stroll by and wave, but respect the white picket fence.

that little fence couldn’t keep a home secure any more than the pokey little puppy.

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times have changed, but you know that.

God has not.

i love the security of my own home and even as i type such a thing

i know many of the human race lack both security and a home.

i click the keyless entry device twice just to know that the van is definitely locked.

i love security. my white picket fence.

those who don’t trust in Jesus, where do you put your hope on days you read bad news or feel unsafe?

why do my conversations with you echo your fears when it comes to security and the times we are living in?

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those of us who trust in Jesus with our eternity,

we don’t hesitate to pray for our brothers and sisters experiencing persecution and that God would bless america

 when what we’re asking is for God to keep it over there and keep us from any harm.

let’s call it what it is – a fear of man. not a fear of God.

i have camped out in 2 Kings 19 this week.

Hezekiah prays, “O Lord, God of Israel, you alone are God over all the kingdoms of the earth. You have made heaven and earth. Give ear, O Lord, and hear; open your eyes, O Lord, and see; listen to the words of Sennacherib has sent to insult the living God.”

Hezekiah knew they were up against a powerful and evil king.

he was up against a wall that seemed impossible.

he had an opportunity to let fear consume him and shake his stance upon the firm foundation, his hope in the Living God.

so he cried…

now, O Lord our God, save us, please, from his hand, that al the kingdoms of the earth may know that You, O Lord, are God alone.

there is one powerful and effective way to battle fear and it’s not found in white picket fences.

gone are the white picket fences.

i get it. they’re cute and american and we want to know something cute and american can save us.

we want to live comfortably behind our fences while watching network shows and movies that depict violence.

folks, let’s open our eyes to see and open our ears to hear.

evil surrounds us. not just there, but here.

the way to battle fear is found in Him.

“I {God} call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying His voice and holding fast to Him, for He is your life and length of days, that you may dwell in the land that at the Lord swore to your fathers, to Abraham, to Issac, and to Jacob, to give them.” {Deuteronomy 31.19-20}

gone are the white picket fences. but that’s okay. they aren’t needed anyway.

37 songs

October 12, 2014 — 1 Comment

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i shared our last song that echoed off the walls of our church walls in downtown san francisco in a recent post.

and it has been songs that have spoken loud, yet, powerfully quiet to me.

 as i turned thirty-seven this weekend, i reflect over the past year.

so here’s to turning 37…

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