The judge overseeing our adoption has been on vacation since the beginning of July. She comes back to work today. In honor of her return I have proclaimed today Judges Day. In my world every day will be judges day until the adoption is final. Observation of Judges Day is simple.
- Pray for the judges in the land. (Guide following)
- Express gratitude for their service when you are with a judge.
The next step in the adoption process is that the judge would assign us a child. Part of the assignment is that we would receive a court order allowing us to visit our daughter from now until the adoption is final. We have three court appearances. On the third she comes home with us. The three appearances span over a time period of roughly two months. Following are the prayer points if you want to join in:
- That the judge would be wise in her decisions and strong in the face of her work load.
- That she would look favorably towards our case in a timely fashion.
- That she would be able to think clearly and that all confusion is eliminated.
- That she would judge justly and not fall prey to unethical temptations.
- That she would be blessed for her honest service.
God wants us to pray for judges. Here are some interesting verses.
First, in the good old KJV (1 Timothy 2:1-2) I exhort therefore, that, first of all, supplications, prayers, intercessions, and giving of thanks, be made for all men; For kings, and for all that are in authority; that we may lead a quiet and peaceable life in all godliness and honesty.
Now in the Message (1 Timothy 2:1-3) The first thing I want you to do is pray. Pray every way you know how, for everyone you know. Pray especially for rulers and their governments to rule well so we can be quietly about our business of living simply, in humble contemplation. This is the way our Savior God wants us to live.
(Matthew 7:7 KJV) Ask, and it shall be given you; seek, and ye shall find; knock, and it shall be opened unto you
(Matthew 7:7-11 MSG) Don’t bargain with God. Be direct. Ask for what you need. This isn’t a cat-and-mouse, hide-and-seek game we’re in. If your child asks for bread, do you trick him with sawdust? If he asks for fish, do you scare him with a live snake on his plate? As bad as you are, you wouldn’t think of such a thing. You’re at least decent to your own children. So don’t you think the God who conceived you in love will be even better?
Thanks for joining us in this journey.