We are the Snyder family and ... we are different

This is the story of our journey to our daughter in Ethiopia. God is preparing our family for her and preparing her heart to come home to her family. We chose the difficult road of trusting and obeying God. It is worth every step!

Monday, June 27, 2011


This message came from a yahoo group that I'm a part of as encouragement for those who are dealing with their kids at home.  There are many struggles bringing home older children and the road can seem dark and endless at times.  Granted we are not at that point yet, but this was very encouraging for me in this dark place that I've been for the past couple of weeks.  Maybe whatever you may be going through it will also be encouraging to you.

Hi All,

I am praying for you all. I usually don't have very much to say, as my eloquence isn't there and my kids keep me running. However, I wanted to encourage you with what God spoke to me about as I was praying this morning.
These kids we have were slotted by the prince of this world for destruction. He had them in every way marked to never hear of Christ let alone understand that God loves them. Our boldness to adopt them and then to be Christ to them puts us in direct opposition to the enemy. Add to that that our love is given even in our greatest weakness and in their greatest weakness, this is the hand of God alone. Thus we are under attack as we came to protect these beautiful kids. I know that there are many days when I feel that my first three kids are the 99 sheep that are left on the hill while I slug through the brambles to get the one that wandered away.
I realize that none of us expected it to be easy, but fighting on this level is only possible through the power of the Holy Spirit, and often it is so costly to us. I love you guys in the Lord and weep with you when you weep and rejoice with you when you rejoice.
My thoughts...
Don't grow weary, when you are weary remember that God overcomes on our behalf... I know you all know this already, I just thought it was cool. I am so honored to be among you as a sister in the Lord, fighting the good fight among so many blessed warriors.
Romans 8:26-39 (NASB95)

" 26 In the same way the Spirit also helps our weakness; for we do not know how to pray as we should, but the Spirit Himself intercedes for us with groanings too deep for words; 27 and He who searches the hearts knows what the mind of the Spirit is, because He intercedes for the saints according to the will of God. 28 And we know that God causes all things to work together for good to those who love God, to those who are called according to His purpose. 29 For those whom He foreknew, He also predestined to become conformed to the image of His Son, so that He would be the firstborn among many brethren; 30 and these whom He predestined, He also called; and these whom He called, He also justified; and these whom He justified, He also glorified. 31 What then shall we say to these things? If God is for us, who is against us? 32 He who did not spare His own Son, but delivered Him over for us all, how will He not also with Him freely give us all things? 33 Who will bring a charge against God’s elect? God is the one who justifies; 34 who is the one who condemns? Christ Jesus is He who died, yes, rather who was raised, who is at the right hand of God, who also intercedes for us. 35 Who will separate us from the love of Christ? Will tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? 36 Just as it is written, “For Your sake we are being put to death all day long; We were considered as sheep to be slaughtered.� 37 But in all these things we overwhelmingly conquer through Him who loved us. 38 For I am convinced that neither death, nor life, nor angels, nor principalities, nor things present, nor things to come, nor powers, 39 nor height, nor depth, nor any other created thing, will be able to separate us from the love of God, which is in Christ Jesus our Lord."