July 28, 2009

Occasionally, when Steve and I have an evening off, we like to go to a bookstore, drink some coffee and do some reading. I began reading through a new book by one of our favorite authors Brennan Manning, called “The Furious Longing of God.”

In his book Manning told a story that really captured me. As I read this story, tears filled my eyes because I was trying to put my mind around what God has been doing in our lives over this past week. This story couldn’t have said it more perfectly.

“Golfer Arnold Palmer once played a series of exhibition matches in Saudi Arabia. The king was so impressed that he proposed to give Palmer a gift. Palmer demurred; “It really isn’t necessary, Your Highness. I’m honored to have been invited.”

“I would be deeply upset,” replied the king, “if you would not allow me to give you a gift.”

Palmer thought for a moment and said, “All right. How about a golf club? That would be a beautiful momento of my visit to your country.”

The next day, delivered to Palmer’s hotel, was the title to a golf club. Thousands of acres, trees, lakes, clubhouse, and so forth.

The moral of this story is: In the presence of a King, don’t ask for small gifts!”

The week began with a phone call from the financial specialist with our adoption agency. She was informing us that the agency side of our fees has been paid in full. Actually, it’s more than full…they now owe us money. She was so encouraging on the phone saying how amazed she was at the amount of people who have given to our fund over the last year. I was reminded that God loves to give big.

Over the past few months I’ve been looking for sock monkey that I had dreamt up in my mind that would go perfect in our little one’s room but every time I looked for one, they were either too expensive or not what I was looking for.

The next day I had lunch with a dear friend. We were in a coffee shop in the area and what did they happen to be selling? Sock monkeys. And not just any sock monkeys, but the ones I had been looking for. As we went to the counter to pay for our coffee, my friend handed me a sock monkey and said…”it’s yours.” I was reminded that God loves to give specifically.


The next day, I was out to breakfast with another dear friend. I have talked about her before on this blog. Her husband is suffering and battling through pancreatic cancer. It has been a tough road and so I was looking forward to encouraging her. However, what took place at breakfast was something that blew my mind.

At the end of our time together, she pulled a mason jar filled with quarters from under the table. She said that she had been collecting them over the past few months for our adoption. Every night she would empty out her change purse (and her husband’s wallet ☺) and put them in the jar. I was reminded that God loves to give even amidst pain and suffering.


By the end of the week, my heart was full. There’s no other way to put it. I went to the mailbox and found a letter from a couple who is very close to our hearts. In it was a check. A note inside read, “use this for something you want…not necessarily something you need”.

So we decided to buy a new camera, one that we would never be able to buy on our own, so we can take snapshots of our time in Russia and of our little one. I was reminded that God loves to give beyond our wants or needs.

In the presence of the King, don’t ask for small gifts. This past week, I was reminded over and over again that God loves to give. He knows us. He knows our needs, our wants, our hopes. Through this past week and the abundant outflow of God’s love through His people, I was again brought back to His goodness and faithfulness.

I was reminded that He has an even greater gift, in the form of a little person, waiting for us in Russia. We come before the King, in expectation, that this little one will be far greater than we could ever imagine or even ask for. We can’t wait!


  • we finished updating tons of paperwork that expired this past week
  • we are hearing positive reports out of Russia, we’re hoping something happens soon

Prayer Requests:

  • that our advocate in Russia would talk to the right people and get us connected with the right child
  • for our little one, that they would be held

Until next Monday, love Kate & Steve

6 Responses to “Gifts”

  1. Mom said

    I love that sock monkey and I love how the Lord is taking care of you.
    I can’t wait to see you on Sunday!

  2. Sue Lindsey said

    Thank you again for being you and sharing your heart. Once again I was moved by your blog and I am still thinking about the concept in the presence of the King don’t ask for small gifts. How often we do just that when he wants to blow us away. I am looking forward to the most special gift and can’t wait to meet Baby Garcia thinking about it brings me to tears. I can’t wait either!

  3. Carrie said

    Wow, those are some pretty awesome stories. It reminds me how God doesn’t always give us what we would choose immediately, but along the way He will do some pretty amazing things to get us through each day. One at a time.

    Love you, girl.

  4. Mama Mary said

    Did you have fun counting the quarters? :o)
    Waiting expectantly with you!!!!

  5. Kacey said

    Can’t wait to see that adorable sock monkey in YOUR adorable little one’s hands…SOON! :o)

  6. Michal said

    I am so glad that you take the time to write these blogs and keep us updated. I love getting a little window into your life while you are so far away 🙂
    Love you girl.

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