Thursday, August 29, 2013

Leading

So I am stepping out and teaching a small group this Fall at church.

I am doing "Nehemiah: A Heart That Can Break" by Kelly Minter. I have led studies with clients at work, but this seems different for some reason.

This Study is  about allowing God to break our hearts for the hurting world around us. At the end of the study I plan to host a party to support Rahab's Rope, an organization that rescues women and children out of forced prostitution in India.

We can't learn about a broken world and learn about what God wants us to do about it without doing anything. With knowledge comes responsibility!

Tuesday, August 20, 2013

Response

Yesterday I used one of our photos from the photo shoot as my cover photo on Facebook. Almost immediately there was more response than I imagined. It's hard to explain but I guess although I didn't expect people to be negative I didn't expect as much voiced encouragement.

There is a small part of me that worries how people will respond when I say that we are planning to adopt. Let me clarify that I don't worry about if they will look down on us or think negatively about the path God has called us to. The worry comes more into how I would respond to someone that had something negative or unsupportive to say. The prayer is that my response would be calm and Christ centered.

We are thankful that our families are so supportive of us starting our family through adoption and that so far others around us are as well. I also pray for others that have been called to adoption and might not have the same support that we have found. Know that God is with you and that He is in control. The enemy might try to throw opposition at us through whatever he can, but our Lord is mightier.

Monday, August 19, 2013

Adoption Support Letters

We sent out our first batch of adoption support letters today and plan to send more next week. For those that we don't have an address for or that would like to have an example of a letter this is what we wrote:

Dear Family & Friends,

We have some exciting news to share with you!

Many of you may or may not know that Jason and I have struggled with infertility for many years now. It has been a long and oftentimes heartbreaking journey. Throughout this path God has placed us on we have continued to look to Him and for His plan for our lives.

That brings us to our news: we have decided to begin the adoption process! We have not come to this decision lightly and are excited for where this journey will take us. We are writing this letter asking for your support:

First, we ask that you keep us in your prayers as we embark on this journey. We have wanted a baby for some time now and know that God has the perfect child out there for us! We also ask that you pray for the family we will be working with. We know that the decision to place their baby for adoption will not come easily. With grateful hearts we are looking forward to this selfless gift they will bless us with.

Second, we are asking for your financial support. Adoption can be quite expensive and we have committed to not creating any new debt as we go through this process. We are confident that God will provide, as he always does, for our journey. If you would like to support us financially, please contact us by e-mail.
Jason and I have created a blog to help us document our journey so feel free to follow us along at: http://journey4faith.blogspot.com/
“I have chosen you and have not rejected you. So do not fear, for I am with you; do not be dismayed, for I am your God. I will strengthen you and help you; I will uphold you with my righteous right hand”.    ~Isaiah 41:9&10

Jason and I believe this verse applies to our journey, as well as our future baby. We know that He has not turned away from us, even in our long-awaited desire to start a family. He already holds our future child in his “righteous right hand” and will strengthen us, our future child, and our future child’s birth family throughout this journey.

Thank you again for your support and prayers!
With love,


Heather & Jason Montz



montzheather@gmail.com (Heather) sologuitar2003@me.com (Jason)

Wednesday, August 14, 2013

Isaiah 43



But now, O Jacob, listen to the Lord who created you.
    O Israel, the one who formed you says,
“Do not be afraid, for I have ransomed you.
    I have called you by name; you are mine.
When you go through deep waters,
    I will be with you.
When you go through rivers of difficulty,
    you will not drown.
When you walk through the fire of oppression,
    you will not be burned up;
    the flames will not consume you.
For I am the Lord, your God,
    the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I gave Egypt as a ransom for your freedom;
    I gave Ethiopia and Seba in your place.
Others were given in exchange for you.
    I traded their lives for yours
because you are precious to me.
    You are honored, and I love you.
“Do not be afraid, for I am with you.
    I will gather you and your children from east and west.
I will say to the north and south,
    ‘Bring my sons and daughters back to Israel
    from the distant corners of the earth.
Bring all who claim me as their God,
    for I have made them for my glory.
    It was I who created them.’”
Bring out the people who have eyes but are blind,
    who have ears but are deaf.
Gather the nations together!
    Assemble the peoples of the world!
Which of their idols has ever foretold such things?
    Which can predict what will happen tomorrow?
Where are the witnesses of such predictions?
    Who can verify that they spoke the truth?
“But you are my witnesses, O Israel!” says the Lord.
    “You are my servant.
You have been chosen to know me, believe in me,
    and understand that I alone am God.
There is no other God—
    there never has been, and there never will be.
I, yes I, am the Lord,
    and there is no other Savior.
First I predicted your rescue,
    then I saved you and proclaimed it to the world.
No foreign god has ever done this.
    You are witnesses that I am the only God,”
    says the Lord.
“From eternity to eternity I am God.
    No one can snatch anyone out of my hand.
    No one can undo what I have done.”

 This is what the Lord says—your Redeemer, the Holy One of Israel:
“For your sakes I will send an army against Babylon,
    forcing the Babylonians to flee in those ships they are so proud of.
 
I am the Lord, your Holy One,
    Israel’s Creator and King.
I am the Lord, who opened a way through the waters,
    making a dry path through the sea.
I called forth the mighty army of Egypt
    with all its chariots and horses.
I drew them beneath the waves, and they drowned,
    their lives snuffed out like a smoldering candlewick.
“But forget all that—
    it is nothing compared to what I am going to do.
For I am about to do something new.
    See, I have already begun! Do you not see it?
I will make a pathway through the wilderness.
    I will create rivers in the dry wasteland.
The wild animals in the fields will thank me,
    the jackals and owls, too,
    for giving them water in the desert.
Yes, I will make rivers in the dry wasteland
    so my chosen people can be refreshed.
I have made Israel for myself,
    and they will someday honor me before the whole world.
“But, dear family of Jacob, you refuse to ask for my help.
    You have grown tired of me, O Israel!
You have not brought me sheep or goats for burnt offerings.
    You have not honored me with sacrifices,
though I have not burdened and wearied you
    with requests for grain offerings and frankincense.
You have not brought me fragrant calamus
    or pleased me with the fat from sacrifices.
Instead, you have burdened me with your sins
    and wearied me with your faults.
“I—yes, I alone—will blot out your sins for my own sake
    and will never think of them again.
Let us review the situation together,
    and you can present your case to prove your innocence.
From the very beginning, your first ancestor sinned against me;
    all your leaders broke my laws.
That is why I have disgraced your priests;
    I have decreed complete destruction for Jacob
    and shame for Israel.

Isaiah 43

In Better Hands

Today we laid my sister's twin girls, Faith & Hope to rest just below their brother, Joshua.

Pastor David read from 2 Corinthians 1:3-5
"Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God. For as we share abundantly in Christ's sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too."

This poem was in the program handed out at the graveside.
Also on the way home "better hands" by Natalie Grant was playing. This song has always been a great comfort to me when I'm going through trails or stressed out.

"BETTER HANDS" by Natalie Grant

It's hard to stand on shifting sand
It's hard to shine in the shadows of the night
You can't be free if you don't reach for help
You cant love if you dont love yourself
There is hope when my faith runs out
Cause I'm in better hands now

It's like the sun is shining when the rain is pouring down
It's like my soul is flying though my feet are on the ground
So take this heart of mine there's no doubt
I'm in better hands now

I am strong all because of you
I stand in awe of every mountain that you move
Oh I am changed, yesterday is gone
I am safe from this moment on

There's no fear when the night comes 'round
I'm in better hands now

It's like the sun is shining when the rain is pouring down
It's like my soul is flying though my feet are on the ground
So take this heart of mine there's no doubt
I'm in better hands now

It's like the sun is shining when the rain is pouring down
It's like my soul is flying though my feet are on the ground
Its like the world is silent though I know it isnt true
Its like the breath of jesus is right here in this room

So take this heart of mine there's no doubt
I'm in better hands now
I'm in better hands now

Monday, August 12, 2013

Adoption Photo Shoot

A good friend, Hannah, offered to take our pre-adoption photos. We were so grateful and love how they turned out. We haven't decided which one we plan to use with our letter, but we know we have some great options!!!!






















The Unexpected

When the unexpected happens we often don't know what to do or where to go. Yet there is a peace that passes all understanding that only our heavenly father can give. Recently many unexpected things have been going on in our lives.

My husband received a promotion at work and is switching gears in our ministry at our church. All good things. My sister, her husband, and kids found themselves in a situation where the house they were renting was tied up in a legal matter between the owner and the bank. This resulted in families living in his properties to vacate the homes while the matter was resolved. Needless to say we have had a full house. Its been nice having kids in the house, and I know they want to find a place asap but I will miss them when they go. Also, I have a dear loved one that found herself losing her pregnancy in the second trimester. Again, through the good and bad, the ups and downs, calm and stormy, I know God has a plan. I don't always understand His plan, but I remind myself He doesn't tell us that we will understand or that we need to. He simply ask us to sit at His feet and trust Him.