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2009 – The Year of Miracles

We’ve asked God for a lot of miracles lately and He’s been giving us more than we’ve specifically asked for. He’s proven the verse, Eph 3:20 “Now unto him that is able to do exceeding abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that worketh in us.”

Some of you have been following my facebook page as I’ve been asking for prayer from my friends for several miracles. One by one God has shown Himself faithful. He’s proven Himself to be not only the One who loves us and will take care of us, but to also be THE ONE on the throne regardless what Satan may throw at us.

Here’s a brief explanation of the latest miracle that we HAD to have.

We have a son who is adopted and experiencing many difficult things in his life. He’d been in two boys homes recently that he was removed from and due to some things in his life, we’ve had to pursue state post-adopt services for help in providing a state residential placement for him. When we asked, we were informed they’d only provide 90 days of help and then if we didn’t take him back we’d be charged with neglect and/or endangerment. We went to many people for help with the answer always being, “I’m sorry, I wish there was something I could do, but I see no solution.” 

This is something that’s been going on in Michigan for many years. Families who adopt tough kids end up being charged for neglect when trying to pursue a safe place for the child and their family, refusing to take them back into their home for safety reasons. Carol, an adoptive mother, along with a lawyer and a state representative had a meeting this morning with the DHS director Mr. Ahmed. Below is the email I just received that tells me we might have gotten our miracle:

“DHS meeting results…just a quick email with good news – DHS Director told his staff to “take care of” the matter for the clients whose cases we presented. So Val and Janet, you should be good to go! Let us know what happens. Also good news is that DHS Director Ahmed directed his staff to include FASD training in Child Welfare Institute training. Yes! More later!” 

~ Carol

Thank you to all of you who have prayed for our family!


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  1. Aunt Val – My Bible Study leader was praying for your family last night, and God put this verse on her heart. She asked me to share it with you:

    “He will bring forth your righteousness as the light and your judgment as the noonday.” “The steps of a man are established by the LORD and He delights in his way. When he falls, he will not be hurled headlong, Because the LORD is the One who holds his hand.” Ps 37:6,23-24

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