From Steven Curtis Chapman’s “What Now”
I saw the face of Jesus in a little orphan girl
She was standing in the corner on the other side of the world
And I heard the voice of Jesus gently whisper to my heart
Didn’t you say you wanted to find me?
Well here I am, here you are
So, What now?
What will you do now that you found Me?
What will you do with this treasure you’ve found?
I know I may not look like what you expected
But if you remember this is right where I said I would be
You’ve found me
My heart aches for the orphans of the world. Praying.
We are still several steps before knowing travel dates but we recently found out that the China courts are closed for Holiday the first week of October and there is a GRAND Trade Show in China in October that will make travel and hotel reservations very difficult. Would you join us in prayer that we would remain encouraged and trusting in God’s perfect timing for us to be united with Caleb?! Speaking God’s truth to myself the He cares and loves Caleb even more than me and will bring him home to our family according to His will and His perfect, loving plan.
Cast all your anxiety on him because he cares for you (insert Caleb). 1Peter 5:7
Are not five sparrows sold for two pennies? Yet not one of them is forgotten by God. Indeed, the very hairs of your (insert Caleb) head are all numbered. Don’t be afraid; you (insert Caleb) are worth more than many sparrows. Luke 12:6-7
Holy God, in love, became
Perfect man to bear my blame
On the cross he took my sin
By his death I live again
It is Sunday afternoon and I am “checking in” at numerous adoption blogs. And my blog friend Fran types a great post about several adoption topics: WHY, COST, and STUFF.
I am going to quote Fran here “how once your heart and mind have been opened, there is no way you can’t share it, not because of who we are, but because of who He is.”
Here is the link to her blogpost: http://expandingourheartsandminds.blogspot.com/
Ella-Lu asks me “Mommy where is Caleb?”
She hears us talking about Caleb and always includes him in our prayers. My heart if full!!!
A Mother’s Day Poem
Once there were two women who never knew each other
One you do not remember, the other you call Mother
Two different lives shaped to make you one
The first one gave you life, and the second taught you to live it
The first gave you a need for love, the second was there to give it
One gave you a nationality, the other gave you a name
One gave you a talent, the other gave you aim
One gave you emotions, the other calmed your fears
One saw your first sweet smile, the other dried your tears
One made an adoption plan, that was all that she could do
The other prayed for a child, and God led her straight to you.
Now, which of these two women, are you the product of?
Both, my darling, both, just two different types of love.
~ Author Unknown
Still in the midst of processing my mission trip to Southern Europe, I am pondering a few key words: alien, refugee, stranger, sojourner.
In the New Testament Paul says in Philippians 3:20, “For our citizenship is in heaven, from which also we eagerly wait for a Savior, the Lord Jesus Christ.” And Peter says in 1 Peter 2:11, “Beloved, I urge you as aliens and strangers to abstain from fleshly lusts, which wage war against the soul.”
So the point here is that the life of faith is the life of an exile, a sojourner, a refugee. The promises of God are our real home and we have seen them from afar and have greeted them and tasted them and they have made us restless and uneasy. They have begun to shape our whole way of seeing and thinking and feeling. They have colored all our values and goals and desires. We have been put out of sync with this world because our treasure is in heaven.
Praying that I will be content as an alien, refugee, stranger, and/or sojourner wrestling against complacency, comfort, and conformity of the THIS world.