Friday, February 25, 2011
Tuesday, February 22, 2011
Saturday, February 19, 2011
Yes, I did actually say that to my husband LAST NIGHT! Ok, I admit, I was being funny... kinda. What I meant by that was really a self-righteous statement like "God, I'm serving you... stop asking me to 'do more or harder things' and give me a break." I meant it funny at the time, but God showed me that really part of my heart felt that way. Part of me really REALLY REALLY wants to just cruise for a while. Afterall, there can't be anything THAT BAD about the way I'm doing life. Then today... I opened up my devotional, and here's what it said...
Wednesday, February 16, 2011
Not sure what is going on here....
this goes with his quote "when I get big like daddy, I'm gonna get a real gun." great. just great.
The kid even eats a cupcake with intensity!
Although... He also loves intensely... especially his mommy! :)
Love my first boy!! God's got big plans for his intensely loving heart!
Monday, February 14, 2011
"Intense love does not measure, it just gives".
"Let us not be satisfied with just giving money. Money is not enough, money can be got, but they need your hearts to love them. So, spread your love everywhere you go."
"Love begins at home, and it is not how much we do... but how much love we put in that action."
"Love begins by taking care of the closest ones - the ones at home."
"If you judge people, you have no time to love them."
"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love."
"I have found the paradox, that if you love until it hurts, there can be no more hurt, only more love."
"Do not think that love in order to be genuine has to be extraordinary. What we need is to love without getting tired. Be faithful in small things because it is in them that your strength lies."
"It's not how much we give but how much love we put into giving."
The Bible says this:
"If I speak in the tongues[a] of men or of angels, but do not have love, I am only a resounding gong or a clanging cymbal. 2 If I have the gift of prophecy and can fathom all mysteries and all knowledge, and if I have a faith that can move mountains, but do not have love, I am nothing. 3 If I give all I possess to the poor and give over my body to hardship that I may boast,[b] but do not have love, I gain nothing."
Choosing to love well... for the rest of my life...
Friday, February 11, 2011
Thursday, February 10, 2011
Besides having the MOST FUN roomies and travel buddies... I'm certain that I burned one million calories laughing... just whatever you do... DO NOT HAWK YOUR TROMBONE!!!! ;)
( Here are the roomies: Courtney, Me, Lara, Kelly Jo, and Hilary)
But... on a more serious note:
I knew God was going to show up, but had NO IDEA what he would do. In my own heart, he revealed some sweet things to me that I didn't expect regarding finding my strength in Him, praying for my children, being vulnerable in my prayers, and having the time to allow him to speak sweet things to my heart that were almost overwhelming to take in. So often times we put God in a box and do not realize it... and God wants to be experienced in all the ways He created us... through all our senses, and all our circumstances. (I'll write more about this another time)
During corporate worship and large gatherings, I was overwhelmed... at the way we worship... at how many stories are weaved so differently, but by the same God... and how He wants to use US to CHANGE THE WORLD! I do NOT DOUBT that God is going to use the women I met last week for great change in this world. "Wasn't this just a retreat for adoptive mommies?" Yes! BUT I see this going so much deeper... beyond ourselves and our families... and our adoption stories. I see women who represent FAMILIES who want to know more about the hard stuff. They want to know HOW to help the majority of orphans who will never be adopted, they want to give back to the countries their children came from: clean water, jobs, give self-reliance, justice, food, identity in Christ... God has used adoption to change our hearts to be more like His.... and because of that... I see families who won't walk away at the end of their adoption story and say "the end." It is just the beginning.
For example, what was going to be a small breakout session on HIV/AIDS and adoption, turned out cram packed full of 50+ moms saying "you know, I need to know more about this issue." What I think is amazing is that they WERE NOT SCARED to learn more... they are willing to know TRUTH and to walk in it. That doesn't mean everyone there will walk away and adopt a child living with HIV/AIDS, but what it does mean is that they will no longer be able to live "not knowing" and will be ready to ask God what role they will play in this "silent" crisis... I believe God is going to use the women in that session to WAKE UP THE CHURCH to "go there" in Jesus' name.
147 Million, Into the Streets, Sixty Feet, The Cupcake Kids, and Wiphan were all there... ALL started or having in leadership adoptive families. These ministries, along with many more, are making a difference on the ground... here and around the world. There is NO TELLING what God is going to do over the next year. I can't wait to go again next year... sit around... and hear the stories that start with "Last year, I sat here feeling God moving me towards......" The truth is, He is moving hearts... and He wants to move yours towards the things that are on His heart. Be changed... and change the world!
Tuesday, February 8, 2011
I LOVE BOTH, and while I can't promise I will never grow curls again... I'm starting to enjoy the feel of the good ol' barber shop!
Monday, February 7, 2011
Thursday, February 3, 2011
A generous man will himself be blessed, for he shares his food with the poor Proverbs 22:9
Every 5 seconds a child dies of starvation.
And the truth is this, most days; this never even crosses our minds.
Perhaps that is because with a number like this- we don’t even know where to begin.
But what if you knew where to begin? What if you knew what to do to make a difference?
And what if that difference simply started with your lunch?
What if all it took was One day and one lunch- to make a huge difference in the life of a child?
What if all you had to do was simply give what you would have spent in one day for one lunch?
If you are reading this today- yes YOU… I’d like to ask you to be a part of something big. God usually preferred to work through people- people like you and people like me. You have two choice right now- you can click off this page and pretend you didn’t read this and go on with your everyday life- or you can choose to see that God brought YOU here- to read this- for a purpose- to be a part of something big.
Don’t worry, I am not going to ask you to do something you can’t- I am asking you to do something you can. The Average American spends between $2.00 and $8.00 a day on lunch. If everyone who reads this blog post would simple choose- on February 3nd to give up their ‘lunch money’ and then donate what they would have spent on lunch that day to Lifesong For Orphans for the Adami Tulu preschool in Ziway, Ethiopia. Can you image what Jesus could do? A mere $3.00 feeds a child for ONE MONTH. Can you imagine the impact we could make- simply by giving being willing to make a small sacrifice for someone else?
So mark your calendar for Feb. 3nd and spread the word about the One Day- One Lunch Project. Put it on FB, add it to your blog- ask your friends, coworkers and church family to join in. Let’s make a small sacrifice- to make one big difference.
"Not all of us can do great things. But we can do small things with great love." ~ Mother Teresa
Donations can be given online here... please indicate it’s to go to the Adami Tulu Preschool.
Or mail checks to:
Lifesong for Orphans
PO Box 40
Gridley, IL 61744
Indicate for the Adami Tulu Preschool