April 17, 2014

beauty in the small things


There is so very much that astounds me about raising a child who spent fifteen years confined to a crib.


We marvel at the big things...

A sixteen year old learning to eat solids for the first time.

A tiny, desperately malnourished frame getting bigger and healthier.

Bones growing stronger.

A blind child learning that touch is a wonderful and amazing thing.

A neglected and abandoned love learning to fully trust.

Yes, we rejoice and praise God for the huge milestones that we see here in our home.

Our hearts overflow with gratitude.



But I am also so mindful of the seemingly little things.

The things that most teenagers in the world take for granted.  I know I did.

Like being able to just be a girl.



And have beautiful long hair!



For the first time in her life.



God's beautiful story of redemption and healing...

...on the inside...

...and on the outside.



This precious young lady of ours...

...she is teaching me to see beauty in the small things.

Each one a precious and amazing GIFT from heaven.



Thank you, Father, for the gift of big miracles and small ones too.

We'll embrace them all and remember daily that EVERYTHING comes from your mighty hand.

THANKFUL for the ONE who does indeed make beauty rise from the ashes.


April 16, 2014

thank you for sharing

THANK YOU to all of you who have been sharing THIS LIST!  We now have 28 children listed there--each one desperately needing to come home asap.  Their stories are so hard to read.  Each precious life is so valuable and so precious in God's sight.  Every child created by the hand of a Father in heaven who does all things so amazingly well.  Some of them will literally die unless someone rescues them.  Oh, God in heaven...write a beautiful, redemptive story for each one of these angels.

In other news, God has been so patient and gracious to me in this crazy season that I find myself in.  So much has been happening in my world. I am learning more about my God and about myself as I press in to listen to His still small voice leading me onward.

This I know with all of my heart...

HE IS A FAITHFUL ABBA FATHER.

Even when I feel like I fail.

Even when life doesn't go my way.

Even when life feels tender.

Faithful.  Always!

Please share this list and let's believe that none of them will be forgotten.

Thank you for standing with me and believing that God will begin to move on the hearts of His people and that every one of these 28 children will find their way into loving families.

I appreciate you all so very much!




April 14, 2014

children URGENTLY needing to be rescued

This morning I read that this darling boy, Hunter, has officially "aged out" of the adoption system in his country.  That means that he is now too old to be adopted internationally, and that unless a local family rises up to care for him, he will never know the love of a family.

My heart broke!  Hunter begged for a family and no one stepped forward to give him an opportunity to belong and a chance to know what it feels like to be part of a family. No one rose up to care for him.

I ache for these older children. Some days heaven sounds so wonderful and I cannot help but long for what awaits us on that day when every tear will be wiped away and there will be no more sorrow or pain. I simply can't imagine the heartache and rejection that these sweet teenagers go through when they are told, "Sorry, no one is coming for you." I put my own teenagers in their position and it brings tears to my eyes to even consider how their hearts must hurt.

I cannot imagine the pain of being rejected again.

When I saw the news of Hunter this morning, I could not help but think about all the others who still wait--older children, medically fragile children, younger children--they ALL need someone to come for them.  Many of you have reached out recently and asked me to advocate, and I'm so sorry that I haven't been able to keep on top of that in this busy season of my life.

Today I thought I would put up a linky to try and help in some small way...because I am absolutely heartbroken that one boy fell through the cracks.

If you know of a child who URGENTLY needs a family, would you please link them below.  All you need is a photo and a link to where they are listed.  You will be given a space to write a caption.  Please use that to state where they are (if you are allowed to) and why they need to be rescued ASAP.  Thank you, friends. Only urgent situations please!

I know we cannot save them all, but we certainly can do everything we possibly can to ensure that as many as possible find their way into loving families.  Please share this list, and lets pray each and every child HOME.

Thank you, body of Christ.







April 12, 2014

fifteen

Fifteen years ago I became a mom.

What a joy it was to welcome our firstborn son into our arms!

Connor, you are an absolute delight!  How blessed we are to be your parents.  It is such an honor and a privilege to watch you grow and mature into the man who God has created you to be. 



Keep shining for Jesus!

Happy, happy birthday, my young man.

I love you so very, very much.


April 11, 2014

rest

"Come to me...." 

Tired.

Weary.

Burdened.

Dirty.

Broken.

"The Spirit and the Bride say, “Come.” And let the one who hears say, “Come.” And let the one who is thirsty come; let the one who desires take the water of life without price."  ~~ Rev. 22:17


"Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest."  ~~  Matthew 11:28



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