Trust and obey

January 13th, 2012

“Trust God and milk the cow.”  ~saying that hung on a kitchen wall of yore


I’ve only been through it eight times, despite my eleven children.

During every single labor, superseding the work and pain, I have had a constant, strong sense of dependency on the mercy of God.

I need His mercy on my laboring and giving birth.

I need His mercy on my mothering.

I need His mercy on my writing.

I need His mercy on my advocating.

I need His mercy on all the work I have to do.

Because I may labor, but only God gives life.


Less than three hours after I sent my first appeal (with photos of Katie) to Dr. L in Bulgaria, her reply~

“Thank you for your letter.  I am happy about the Katerina, that she is in a so good hands.  She has made remarkable progress.  Of course I would like to do something for these children.  Would you send me the address and telephone number.  I tried but they are many similar homes in this region.  I am looking forward to hear from you soon.” 


I had already given her the correct full title of the orphanage, but didn’t have the address and telephone number to give her.  Here there followed several days’ worth of wires crossing, dead ends, miscommunications, trying unsuccessfully to make connections between people, and feeling more and more like my hands were tied.


Yesterday morning, from a woman who works in the hospital’s marketing department~

“I am extremely happy that Katie’s condition is improving and that she receives now the love and care every child deserves. 

Here, at [the Bulgarian hospital], we are extremely concerned with the health condition Katie was admitted and alarmed by the possibility that other children could be in her state.  As Ass. Prof. L has already written to you, both Ass. Prof L, herself and our hospital are committed to do all that we can in order to improve the medical care the children need.  We would like to contact the orphanage without any delay and that is the reason why I would like to kindly ask you to let me know which institution Katie was adopted from.”


I still hadn’t been able to obtain the information the hospital was asking for!  Then my Bulgarian friend found some addresses and telephone numbers for me to pass along.


This morning, the answer~

“Ass. Prof. L has already contacted the…Institutions and hopefully, very soon, a medical team from [our hospital] will visit the institution.”

And one from Dr. L~

“Dear Susanna,

As soon as I have some news I will inform you.  Hope that we will find the appropriate way to help.

With my very best wishes!
M. L.”


Thank you, friends, for laboring in prayer!


Thank You, O LORD, for your mercy!


“Unless the LORD builds the house,
They labor in vain who build it;
Unless the LORD guards the city,
The watchman stays awake in vain.”
~King Solomon




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22 Responses to “Trust and obey”

  1. Milena says:

    That is good news! Thank you for sharing with all of us who care about those children!

  2. Terri White says:

    Wonderful news!  Thank you for letting us know!!

  3. Christie says:

    Great news!  I pray that they rescue every one of those children and get them the help that they need as they wait.

  4. Gail Kenyon says:

    Oh my goodness!!!!!  I am in tears!!!!!!!!!  Thank you, Heavenly Father!!!!!!!And thank you for sharing this wonderful news, Susanna!!!!!!!!!

  5. Deanna says:

    I love to see Him work!

  6. Linda says:

    YOU! Are His hands and Feet, my dear Susanna!  THANK YOU for working so dilligently to get the rest of the kids there the medical help they need!  God Bless you and Dr. Lilova!!! – Kolina’s Mom

  7. sabrina says:

    Such wonderful news. Loved this post.

  8. Valerie says:

    Trying to come up w/ words for this post.  There are simple no words.  This is just too wonderful to express!  Thanks to God and His people that do His work!!

  9. This is so exciting.  I pray they find favor in Katie’s old country and orphanage and this leads to a changed society.  We serve a big God who can move mountains!  Looking forward to more great news.

  10. Susan says:

    It’s so good to learn this – thank you for sharing this very welcome news. My family is dealing with the very serious and acutely painful illness of my 91 year old uncle at present, so good news like this is especially welcome right now and a reminder that prayers are both heard and answered.

    Susan in Ky
    Cousin to 2 from EE     


  11. Dawn Wright says:

    PRAISE GOD!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  12. LeeAnn says:

    Yet another blessing. Praises to Him. Thank you for being YOU!

  13. Kristina and Family of 4! says:

    God is good!

  14. cindy w. says:

    PTL great things He hath done and Shall do

  15. CHRISTINE says:

    OMG…that is such wonderful news! I look forward to hearing more. Sweet blessings!

  16. Susan Wiker says:

    Psalm 126:3
    The LORD has done great things for us, and we are filled with joy.

  17. Carol says:

    Tears. Thank you so much for sharing, Susanna, and for your labor. Thank you, Lord for your mercy!

  18. Tami Swaim says:

    Praise God from whom all blessings flow!

  19. autumn says:

    I just got goosebumps from reading that!!!! Praise the Lord!

  20. Amy Rainey says:

    Thank you, Jesus!  Wonderful news!!

  21. Misty S says:

    Praising God!!!! 

  22. I linked over from Barbara Curtis’s blog on Mommy Life. Your little angel has the most adorable face. I’m so happy she has made it home to you! I thought it had to be a typo when I read she is 9 years old, it’s hard to fathom a child such as this. God Bless your Family!

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