Sunday, August 30, 2009
Saturday, August 29, 2009
Yana had a swimming party (our last swim of the summer, I think). Here are some of the swimmers.
So is Elayne!
The whole crew, eating lunch.
Yana's friend, Slava (on the left) made the trip to join us for Yana's party. Slava is also from Ukraine, and is such a special friend to Yana. What a gift that she was able to join us in celebrating Yana's special day.
Dad and Adam, lighting the candles. Sweet friends, Natasha and Hannah are watching.
Our precious Yana, we are so honored to celebrate this 12th birthday with you. You are gift to us from our gracious Father. You have a servant's heart and your smile lights up a room. We pray that you will soar during this 12th year of your life--that you will experience the love and joy of our Lord in a deeper and fuller way! We love you, sweet one!!!
Wednesday, August 26, 2009
- Compelled by Love, By Heidi Baker. I read this book a while back, but am re-reading it with Lily. If you're familiar with Heidi and Rolland Baker, you know that their hearts are truly a fire of love for our Lord. Lily loves to read about the many ways that God acts miraculously on their behalf and on behalf of the people whom they serve. It inspires Lily to pray for God to work in the same way in our lives here. There are a hundred things that I could quote in this book. Here's just one: "If God was not with us in this unfamiliar world and ministry, we did not want to continue. If He could not be trusted, and followed, if the Sermon on the Mount was simply impractical, if we could not do 'even greater things than Jesus did' (John 14:12), then our mission work was--and is today--hopeless. We have no backup plan. We have nothing but Him." (p. 9-10)
- Glory, by Ruth Ward Heflin. Here's another one that I read a while back. I'm re-reading it with Adam now. This has been such a pleasure. Adam takes everything to heart and we can spend thirty minutes talking about one paragraph. Then, he loves to apply what he's learning right away. We've both learned so much about worship and giving God glory from reading this book.
- George Muller of Bristol, by Arthur T. Pierson. If you want God to transform your view of money and posessions, this is the book to read! George Muller's life and love for the Lord will inspire you to trust God with every single thing that God has given to you.
- The Song of Songs, by Mike Bickle. Okay, this isn't a book, but I had to throw this one in here. It is incredible!!! I am listening to this teaching for the second time (20 hours of teaching). If you have ever wondered about God's love for you, please listen to this teaching series. He loves you with an extravagant love!!! You will be inspired to seek His love and return His love the more that you meditate on this incredible love song.
- Crazy Love, by Francis Chan. Thanks so much to Jenn over at http://karleighmei.blogspot.com/ and Audrey at http://godgivenpassions.blogspot.com/ for introducing me to Francis Chan. He is a man who loves God and desires to live out that love in the way that God intended for His Church. He is bold and crazy in His love, and will inspire you to love God with this same kind of crazy love.
- When the Church was a Family, by Joseph H. Hellerman. This book has been consuming my thoughts for the past couple of weeks. It gives the best explanation that I have ever read of what it means to truly be brothers and sisters in Christ. The Church is not an optional organization for Christians. It is to be our family.
- The Connected Child, by Karyn Purvis. I really haven't read a lot of books about adopted children. I am leary of placing too much emphasis on the fact that children are adopted, if they are having difficulties. But honestly, adopted children do have some unique challenges, and this book does a good job of handling some of these issues and giving suggestions for overcoming things that are unique to children with turbulent pasts.
- The Fire of God's love, by Bob Sorge. Wow! I just started this book today and it is incredible!!!! My friend, Meredith, gave it to me (thanks, Mer!). Listen to how Bob Sorge explains the problem of the Laodecian church: "Now, shall I look at the burning love on the cross, and lazily turn away to find another object with which to share my affections? After seeing the intensity of His love for me, shall I reciprocate with a milquetoast, insipid, inane, sleepy token of the leftovers of my love? Would that kind of fiery love want to receive a half-hearted, yawn-in-your-face love in return? 'No!' declares He whose eyes are ablaze with an inflamed jealousy. 'That kind of love is obnoxious to Me,' He says. 'I will vomit it out of My mouth.'"
- Hebrews, by William L. Lane. I've been studying Hebrews and this is a wonderful, readable commentary. I highly recommend it!
I'd love to hear about some of the things that others have been reading. Are there any books/authors who particularly inspire you to live out a life worthy of the calling of our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ? I so want to be called on to love Him more!
Monday, August 24, 2009
Saturday, August 22, 2009
Wednesday, August 19, 2009
(Jadon was a bit tentative to be videotaped. But, if you get past the first few seconds, you can see the real Jadon-drummer!)
Tuesday, August 18, 2009
"You know the difference between taking a glad, loving, joy-springing child with you along the way, when the child anticipates each direction, accepts naturally each decision as to each turning--and the child who resists, and, rebellious, has to be forced, even though in its quieter moments it may say, "Yes. I do want to go with you. I cannot be left alone, but I hate this way." God Calling, August 18
So many times in my life, I have been that child who resists. Though wanting to follow the Father during quiet moments of reflection, I would rebel against his gentle hand during the everyday trials of life. I would grow irritated by a perceived offense, or impatient with one of my children, simply because he is a acting like a child. It is not generally in the large things that we fail to follow with joy, but in the everyday, mundane chores of life.
If you are a parent, you know the sadness that you feel when your child resists your gentle lead. How much greater the Father's sorrow, when we choose to go our own way. His way is always good. His way is always perfect. His way is always full of love. May I follow it faithfully, lovingly and with great anticipation, springing with joy!
Monday, August 17, 2009
Wednesday, August 12, 2009
Thursday, August 6, 2009
I'm also thankful today, for our soon-to-be new neighbors. You can "visit" one of these three families from our church by visiting their blog at http://burshekfamily.blogspot.com/. They've been such a help in our moving process already. Ethan (their 12 year old) has been working hard, along with Uncle David, Adam and others.
There are so many other things that I am thankful for, but right now, I had better get back to packing up the last of our things. I'm thankful to have had this little break!
Sunday, August 2, 2009
Of course, on that day (nine months ago), most of what we heard was crying and begging (in Chinese) to "please let me out of this room!" It was truly heartbreaking. But now, here's our little darling, 9 months later, "reading" and smiling and sharing her beautiful little voice with us. Ahhh...it's music to this mama's ears.