Adoption journey

Over the past year, the Lord has been growing, teaching, and challenging our family in so many ways! We are responding to the Lord's leading and are expanding our family through the adoption of a precious baby!

Thursday, August 19, 2010

Do we know ... the LOVE of our Life??

Women seem to be drawn to love and romance. We desire to be loved and cherished, as well as truly love in return. We invest so much of our time getting to know possible suitors and possible mates, because we may crush on someone we don’t know very well, but rarely love someone we know little about. When we do find a worthy man, we want to know all about him! We delight in telling out friends about all him wonderful characteristics…from the color of his eyes, to his hobbies and profession, to the way he looks at and treats us. When we do fall in love with someone, we want to know that person so deeply and intimately. We delight in the pursuit of knowing our love! We hang on our love’s every word and pour over any letter or card they’ve written because we delight in that person. Each new day seems to find more opportunities to explore, adventure, and know our loved one.

In Christ, we are truly seen, sought after, and loved perfectly. Yet, do we really KNOW this Lover of our soul… do we know the depth of His love, do we really know all about Him and His characteristics, and do we know how to love Him in return?

God has given us numerous pages of letters, notes, and descriptions about Himself and His love for us. How much time to we pour over His words? How much do we delight in the pursuit of knowing Him? Can we really love an unknown God? In order for our hearts to follow and delight in Him, we must know Him intimately!

I want to know this Lover of my soul, who created me, knows me so well, died for me, and gave me new life in Him! I want to delight in the One who redeemed me from the pit and rescued me for abundant life with Him!! Let’s pour over all of His written words to us, through Scripture, and get to know the true Lover of our souls!

Thursday, August 12, 2010

Privileged to Proclaim in all of Life's Seasons!

As the Lord brings me through various seasons of life, I am experiencing God’s grace in different ways. Whether I am privileged to be the mouthpiece of the Gospel to an unreached people group in West Africa, or teaching my little boys about Jesus’ love, I continue to be amazed at the power and excitement that comes through the message of God’s redemption in Christ!

About seven and a half years ago, I was privileged to be a part of a team that proclaimed the Good news of Christ to an unreached people group in West Africa. We were blessed to see many of the people in the tribe receive Christ and delight in following “the Jesus path”. I was absolutely blessed to witness their immediate love for Christ as I heard them begin singing and creating their own praise songs to the Lord in their native tongue (a language that has no copy of the written Word). I remember thinking that few experiences would ever compare to what I witnessed in West Africa.

Several years later and in a different season of life, I became a MOMMY and my life changed forever! In the 3 ½ years that I was pregnant, nursing or both, I didn’t get to participate in very much traditional “ministry” alongside my husband. However, the Lord has blessed me with privilege to proclaim the Good News of Christ to my own little guys. We read Bible stories together and the boys are learning to pray… I am blessed to see the Lord opening the hearts of my boys to His love and truth! While I was blessed to be a mouthpiece of the Lord’s Gospel to Africans who had never heard of Jesus, I have to say that I am equally excited to share the Good News of Christ to my little guys. I well up with tears of joy as I hear my 2 1/2 year old making up his own loving praise songs to our God and saying prayers from his heart to the Lord! I am blown away while I watch our 4 year old teach his toys about God’s love!

All that to say, whether I am in a remote unreached village seeing God’s power, provision, and salvation or our own living room with little ones… I’m blessed to see that the Gospel of Christ is just as powerful, redemptive, and exciting!! I pray the Lord will continue to use me as a vessel to carry his Good News to many more people through all the seasons of this life He has given me! Thank you God for the different seasons in life and all of the various blessings that come with each new season!

In whatever arena or season of life we are in…
count it a privilege to proclaim to Good news of Christ!!!

“How, then, can they call on the one they have not believed in? And how can they believe in the one of whom they have not heard? And how can they hear without someone preaching to them? And how can they preach if they are not sent? As it is written, ‘How beautiful are the feet of those who bring the good news!’” Romans 10:14

Question for you…
How are you seeing and proclaiming the power of the Gospel of Christ in your life? Who are your listeners… co-workers, children, students, internationals? I would be delighted to hear how God is at work bringing salvation to those around you!