Thursday, January 29, 2009
Friday, January 23, 2009
Thursday, January 22, 2009
I picked up a great book: Red letters: Living a Faith That Bleeds by Tom Davis. It's not a great book like the Twilight series, that you can get lost in. It's not like an encouraging devotional. It is basically a butt kicking fall on your face kind of book. I so struggle with the pain in the world. I don't know how to I comprehend the sadness , hurt, and injustice around the world yet still live in my comfort. I feel helpless to do anything. This book is amazing at calling us, the Church, the stand up for those without a voice. My heart is aching for the men, women and especially children in this book. I can see that seed God planted many years ago is growing bigger than my chest can contain. So what to do..... When God called Moses and the Israelites into the desert He provided them with a cloud. When they set up the tabernacle, God would remain as a cloud by day and fire by night. When the cloud was gone, the people were to pack up and move on until the cloud reappeared. If the cloud remained, the people were to stay. They had very little info. They knew they had been called to be a Holy nation and they knew God would provide them with a Land. They had very little info on the journey. God has called us to adopt. We are not done there. We don't get to check the box , cared for oppressed- done. He continues to call us to care for the oppresed, the orphans, the widows, etc. So what now. I hope adoption for us is not just an event but a lifestyle. I hope to devot a large part of my life to encouraging others to adopt and maybe doing it a few more times ourselves.
Tuesday, January 20, 2009
Saturday, January 17, 2009
Tuesday, January 13, 2009
What does the Bible say about caring for needy children?
James 1:27 – Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
Psalm 127:3,5 – Sons are a heritage from the Lord, children a reward from him. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them,
Psalm 68:5,6b – A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in his holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families.
Psalm 82:3 – Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed.
Matt. 25:40 – The King will reply, “I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.”
Adoption as a Ministry of the Church
James 1:27 says “Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.”
The Greek word for “look after”, “episkeptomai”, does not merely mean to go to see, but to relieve the problem. Not a shallow term, it implies a commitment to fully meet the needs of the person to whom we are ministering. James indicates that this type of commitment is an outpouring of a heart determined to follow the Lord rather than the world’s standards.
It is every believer’s responsibility to care for orphans, not just a select few. If we truly believe this, in every church there should be families ministering to “orphaned” children in a variety of ways. While some families can welcome a child into their homes, others can help make this possible financially. Still others can provide respite care or make physical modifications of the church facility.
The method a family chooses to minister to children needing families isn’t as important as the fact that we all should be ministering to these children in some way. The love that we lavish on these children will be both a testimony to the world and an opportunity to show our love for the Lord.
Ultimately in the day of judgment “The King will reply, ‘I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.” – Matthew 25:40 (NIV)
Scripture taken from the HOLY BIBLE, NEW INTERNATIONAL VERSION.
Copyright 1973, 1978, 1984 International Bible Society.
Used by permission of Zondervan Bible Publishers.
Thursday, January 8, 2009
Tuesday, January 6, 2009
Thursday, January 1, 2009
We ended 2008 with finishing all paperwork for our dossier and USCIS.
Now 2009 we wait. We wait to get that call, see that email, look into those eyes for the first time.