It's amazing what you can do with some fabric, a couple of towels, a blanket, a tree, and a lot of imagination!
Friday, February 27, 2009
Monday, February 23, 2009
But, this amazing God continued to love and pursue me, even when I had turned my back on Him. He offered His full heart, without restraint, because He loves to give, and give, and give, and give.
I have to tell you that this time has been one of the loneliest times of my life. God removed many of my friends from my life during this time. The road to our Lord is not always easy. Sometimes it can be very painful. But God has not left me completely to my self. In fact, it was actually due to the care of my incredible husband that I have been able to receive the love that God so desperately wanted to pour out upon me. Because of David's loving care and full-hearted trust in me, my heart was softened. David's care opened me up to the Father's care.
And though I have not shared any of this up until now, God has used each of you (my blogger friends) to ease the pain of loneliness during this season of my life. I know that God has had me very much alone during this time for a definite reason, but He has also been gracious to give me all of your encouragement and kindness over the past year.
And now, I have to tell you, that I am no longer experiencing the pain of loneliness. God is so very near, so very close. Last night, as I was praying, I felt that He was right in my bones...the very marrow!! Everything that He does is a whisper to me of His amazing kindness and care. He pours out His blessings...pours them out. They are not a trickle...but a flood. And to borrow a term from Heidi Baker, I am "wrecked" by one look from His eyes.
My circumstances have not changed. In many ways, I am still very alone...but I am not alone at all! Jesus is with me. He is with me. And He is with you. He cares for you so deeply. I pray that each of you would know His care..would know His love...would truly experience His kindness...and would be "wrecked" by one look from His eyes.
Saturday, February 21, 2009
Friday, February 20, 2009
Thursday, February 19, 2009
Tuesday, February 17, 2009
The picture above, and the one below, have Grace's fave new book in them. It's a color book (and CD). She loves it and I think that she has most of the colors down now. I do think that the library will want it back some day, so I guess that I can hope that she tires of it soon.
Saturday, February 14, 2009
Along with Mr. Muller...reminding God and casting thousands upon "the father to the fatherless" today.
Thursday, February 12, 2009
Our more immediate "group".
A little Mom/Lily snuggle on the bus.
Here is where we first discovered Grace's love for spicy food--at a Miao restaurant in GuiYang.
The boys with a native Miao singer.
And the "big" girls.
Jade and Opa.
Wednesday, February 11, 2009
We had a great time visiting with Morgan (who traveled to China with us) and Joni and Kristi (who work in the office), as well as some of the waiting families. We were very sad to hear, however, that little Liam (who we thought had a family) was waiting again.
Liam is from the same orphanage as Grace. He is a doll. In the picture, below, he is eating chocolate. He is 5 years old and has a repaired cleft lip and an unrepaired palate. He needs a family of his own.
Although I did not get a chance to interact with Liam much (Grace was having a really hard time that day), Morgan said that he is an incredibly sweet boy. Look at that face!!!
If you have an interest in adopting a precious little boy, please check out www.aacadoption.com Click "adoption" and then "waiting kids". They actually have a whole list of adorable boys (and 2 girls) right now.
Monday, February 9, 2009
Sunday, February 8, 2009
I have been eyeing this lightwedge for years. The homeschool website that I frequently order books from, has these for sale. Since I still sit with Grace while she is going to sleep, I finally decided to buy the lightwedge. That way, I can read while she is fallling asleep. Wow! It is great. I definitely recommend buying it if you do a lot of reading while someone else needs it to be dark in the room. It sure beats a regular book light.
Our sweet Lily girl has been sick since Thursday. She has had a fever between 102 and 104.4. Yikes, she is hot. She also is not eating. She's been a sweet patient, though, and I've enjoyed a lot of snuggling. We've been praying and praying for her. I am encouraged by Heidi Baker's testimony. She prayed for every blind person that she met for a year, with no success. But, now she sees God heal the blind regularly. She kept pressing into God and believing in His faithfulness. So, we'll keep praying for our precious girl until she is well. And we'll keep praying for others because we know that He is good!
Look at that sweet smile!
Tuesday, February 3, 2009
God has been pouring out His love and kindness to me these past few months. He has been speaking gentle words of encouragement, love and correction. He has been leading me day by day and teaching me to be content with the knowledge of only today.
When we went to China, I took a book by Bill Johnson, called The Supernatural Power of a Transformed Mind. It's an incredible book and, like many of his other books, I highly recommend it. One part of the book that particularly struck me was when he was describing the relationship between his father's ministry and his own.
"We have an obligagtion to build on his ceiling, not to defend and protect what he accomplished, but to take it to its natural conclusion and to walk in realms of dominion that have been made possible because of his sacrifice." p. 167
What a beautiful picture of faithfulness. We have an obligation to build upon the labors of the saints who have come before us. Their ceiling becomes our floor. We do not strive to attain to what they have already done, but we believe God to do even more in and through us because of their faithfulness.
I mentioned the book George Muller of Bristol a couple of days ago. While you may think that, with four adopted children, my main interest in George Muller would be in the way that he cared for orphans. I am very interested in this and I believe that this is truly and completely on the Father's heart. In fact, I had a great conversation with the Lord about this the other day that edified my heart and opened my eyes to see more of how He sees the needy ones of this world.
But, actually, my main interest in George Muller has to do with his daily faith and trust in Jesus to supply his (and all of those in his care) every need. I said in another post that I am just a beginner in learning how to truly trust in God. This is absolutely true. But, I am not satisfied with this. I want George Muller's ceiling to become my floor. I know that this may sound strange, because we all know that George Muller was a great man. But, I don't think that it would honor him (or the Lord!), to say, "Woe is me. I will never be like that." Instead, I think that it gives him honor to truly strive after more of what he was about. I want to daily trust in the Lord in a way that glorifies His Holy Name!
God is speaking to me about this all of the time. I believe that I am to see George Muller as a spiritual father, of sorts. What would he say if he were right here, if he actually were my father? I would love to sit at his feet and learn from him as a daughter learns from her father.
I got another book a couple of days ago called Compelled by Love, by Heidi Baker. Again, God is using this couple (Rolland and Heidi Baker) to serve His most needy ones, and He does it while daily supplying their every need. (Do you see a pattern here? This is actually what the Lord was talking to me about the other day. He LOVES to supply for the needs of the orphan, in particular, because it is then obvious that He is the one doing it!! They have nothing and He gives them everything. How great is that?!)
Of course, another example of this is Mother Teresa. Heidi Baker quotes Mother Teresa quite a bit. These two women are beautiful. They have entrusted their lives to our awesome God and have daily depended on Him for all things. He, in turn, has been faithful. What a God we have! I am praying that all of you have seen the wonder and provision of our God today. May He overwhelm you with His love this very day. Yes, let it be so, Lord Jesus. Let it be so.