Tuesday, May 11, 2010

Mother's Day

"Be kind and compassionate to one another, forgiving each other, just as in Christ  God forgave you."

Ephesians 4:32

A day of happiness and sadness at the same time.  Once a family is touched by adoption you can't help but to think of all the precious children in the world without their mothers.  My heart  was very heavy this Mother's Day.  Elijah misses his foster mother in China so much that he tries not to think about China at all.  What about his birth mother?  We never know the sadness in her heart that she carries to this day.  What is wrong with a world that say we will treat your child at the hospital if they are abandoned, but if a mother who can't pay for the expenses tries to get treatment for her baby she is turned away.  The only option of LOVE is to love enough to let go.  Is Sneha's mother even alive or did she die of starvation on the streets of city with 16 million people around her, but so alone without help.  Was she herself without the mental capacity to know any better or just to leave her child in crowded bus station to be found.  She was so weak and sick from malnutrition that she couldn't even walk at 3 years old.  God saved her, he had big plans for the helpless, weak, and challenged.  Sometimes I look at her face that has tiny scares all over the skins surface knowing that she laid on the dirt and cement at one time.  I just can't imagine having nowhere else to lay one's head, but on the dirty ground.  When ever I discouraged by the small details of our lives I think we must keep going asking God what else can I do?  Why don't more people grieve for the orphan?  It consumes my thoughts and the corners of my heart.  How can we think that it is someone else's job to care for the least of these.  I thought I had prepared myself enough for the concentration camp appearance of the orphan, it is not possible.

India forever changed our hearts and lives, and I pray that we never forget.  People are dying all over the world without hope.  We have the hope and we keep it to ourselves.  We become consumed with the everyday and what we want and what is fun.  America has it all and we are flushing hope away with all the greed of our hearts.  We become so consumed with ourselves looking into the mirror instead of looking out of the window.  Imagine walking outside with a child that never goes outside or doesn't ever hardly leave the same room for 5 1/2 years??????

I can look to the future with hope and know that God forgave me for being foolish and not paying attention for so many years.  I wasted sooo much money on things that were not important.  Our money is NOT our own, we have a responsibility to use it wisely for God's glory.  How many more children could we have adopted if we would have been obedient to God.

When we knew that we were to adopt Sneha it grieved my heart to adopt a child with so many needs. I spoke with a lady that had met her and she told me she will NEVER be able to sit down and read a novel or care for herself. I am now thankful that God trusted us with his dear treasure. The LORD told us if you do not adopt her no one else in the entire world will.  God kept urging us forward and would not let me forget about her.  I tried to forget her and I am so thankful that HE wouldn't let me.  We had to wait so long to finally adopt her because God had a lot of work to do in our hearts preparing us for the future task.  It is hard to think that in the future she will  be a three year old  in woman's beautiful body.  This is all the more reason that she needed us because she is so beautiful and now no one will take advantage of her and make  her a prostitute.  She is safe and now at home.  Thanks be to God!!!

Lord please send us, prepare us, we are no longer content with the American dream.

Tuesday, May 4, 2010

Photo flash- back (Montana)

Mathew 6 20-22
For where your treasure is your heart will be also.

Monday, May 3, 2010

It's a no, so we stay.

Well the call came or should I say email and so we will stay.  A bag of mixed emotions, I am just so frustrated for Brent.  How many hours can one man possibly work:(  The burden is so heavy almost unbearable and my heart breaks for him.  I know that God has blessings and happiness in store for the man who does so much for others.  Please pray that he could use his gifts on a daily basis and be happy.  Stress can do so much harm to our bodies, one can only take so much.

 Revelation 2:10 (New International Version)

10 Do not be afraid of what you are about to suffer. I tell you, the devil will put some of you in prison to test you, and you will suffer persecution for ten days. Be faithful, even to the point of death, and I will give you the crown of life.

Spring Time May 3, 2010

"Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, and faithful in prayer. " Romans 12:12