Goodbye Ordinary

I will recount the steadfast love of the LORD, the praises of the LORD, according to all that the LORD has granted us. Isaiah 63:7

A Lesson I am Still Learning January 26, 2010

Filed under: Faith,Life,Ministries — Lori @ 1:09 am

I was reading a new blog post at The Journey, Katie’s blog about her ministry in Uganda.  She has taken on so much in her short twenty years of life and she was made aware of a widow, very sick with AIDS, who needed someone to care for her and help with food and medicine.  She writes about her struggle to make the decision to ask the woman to come live with her.

This is Katie’s family – the fourteen children she is mother to.  I love this photo:

What I appreciated about her words was the fight that goes on in all of us.  Every day we are presented with choices.  Many times we talk ourselves out of doing something we think might be hard or inconvenience us. 

At the end of her post she came to the conclusion that what was really happening was that the Lord was working on her heart – the woman actually turned her down and did not want to move in.  But, in her wrestling with the decision she realized that God was asking her to be willing to obey even when it felt hard or inconvenient. 

She quoted from Matthew 25 where Jesus is talking about the judgment and separating the sheep from the goats – those who saw people in need and did something about it and those who either didn’t notice the needy or chose not to help.  Forgive my very succinct, condensed version! 

What hit me when I read it was that it isn’t our deeds that save us.  That is NEVER Jesus’ message.  We are saved by grace, through faith in the work of Christ – nothing in ourselves at all!  But, it is apparent by our works that we are saved or that we aren’t. 

I really want to be willing and open to obeying God in any task He would ask of me.  To do that I need to be ready.  How can I do that?  I need to be immersing myself in the Word of God daily.  That is the daily bread that is necessary in order to live the life God wants me to.  The more I understand Who God is and breathe His Word into every part of my life, the more my responses will be like Christ.  I need to die to myself – put aside what I think is so important and lay my life at the foot of the cross – a willing and humble servant.

The Christian life is a fight every day.  We are saved when God does the work of regeneration in our hearts and makes us into a new creation, but we are still plagued with the sin nature.  It is a battle and we have to take it seriously.  We must arm ourselves.  Again, the way we do that is with God’s Word. 

Hebrews 4:12  For the word of God is living and active, sharper than any two-edged sword, piercing to the division of soul and of spirit, of joints and of marrow, and discerning the thoughts and intentions of the heart.

 Please do follow the link and read her entire post.  Katie is an inspiration and God is using her mightily.  And, look around you for the needy – those who may just need a kind word or a smile.  Be Jesus to those you come in contact with!

 

This Makes me SO Happy! January 23, 2010

Filed under: Adoption,Faith — Lori @ 1:22 pm

I just read this post on God’s Littlest Angel’s blog about a group of 80 orphans leaving Haiti to meet their new parents in Miami.

This is hopefully the beginning of a mass exodus of the orphaned children of Haiti.

Keep praying!!

 

Doing Better! January 22, 2010

Filed under: Faith — Lori @ 1:08 pm

Just so you know!

Psalm 65:5-8

By awesome deeds you answer us with righteousness,
   O God of our salvation,
the hope of all the ends of the earth
   and of the farthest seas;
the one who by his strength established the mountains,
   being girded with might;
who stills the roaring of the seas,
   the roaring of their waves,
   the tumult of the peoples,
so that those who dwell at the ends of the earth are in awe at your signs.
You make the going out of the morning and the evening to shout for joy.

 

Not Sure What to Say January 20, 2010

Filed under: Adoption,Faith — Lori @ 11:50 pm

I have been dealing with overall grumpiness for the last week and a half.  My girls have started to ask me when I will not be grumpy again.  They have even prayed for me to not be grumpy!  I think I better deal with this, huh? 🙂

My excuses for being grumpy are – in no particular order:

1) Hormones – do I really need to expound on this one?
2) Impatience waiting for over a month to hear that we have our “Article 5” which means that CARA can finally approve us and our adoption case will proceed to court – in other words, there would be an end in sight. 
3) Frustration at finding out that one stinking piece of paper and a photo did not get delivered to the Embassy in Delhi when it was asked for over a month ago so that our immigration approval would be official. (I was told this was taken care of and I really have no idea whose fault it is that it isn’t there.)
4) Heartache and concern as I watch the news of what is going on in Haiti.  The plight of all those orphans and the families that are waiting for them just reminds me all the more of our own wait.

None of these are good reasons to be in a foul mood – bad enough that my family is making comments about it.  What is my “real” problem?  What am I not doing that I should be?  Well, it might be that I am not leaning on the One I should be.  It is easy to do, isn’t it?  You start to get caught up in life’s issues and pretty soon you are just like Peter out on the water taking his eyes off Jesus and sinking!

So, what do I do?  I remind myself that the Lord is sovereign, He is almighty and in complete control of everything from the wind that blows outside to the decisions of governments.  God is my heavenly Father and He loves me.  That doesn’t mean that He gives me everything I want when I want it.  It means that He knows what is best for me.  I need to keep reminding myself of that.

Isaiah 43:1-7

1But now thus says the LORD, he who created you, O Jacob,
   he who formed you, O Israel:
 “Fear not, for I have redeemed you;
    I have called you by name, you are mine.
2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you;
   and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you;
 when you walk through fire you shall not be burned,
   and the flame shall not consume you.
3For I am the LORD your God,
   the Holy One of Israel, your Savior.
I give Egypt as your ransom,
   Cush and Seba in exchange for you.
4Because you are precious in my eyes,
   and honored, and I love you,
I give men in return for you,
   peoples in exchange for your life.
5 Fear not, for I am with you;
   I will bring your offspring from the east,
   and from the west I will gather you.
6I will say to the north, Give up,
   and to the south, Do not withhold;
bring my sons from afar
   and my daughters from the end of the earth,
7everyone who is called by my name,
   whom I created for my glory,
   whom I formed and made.”

 

Sons and Daughters January 18, 2010

Filed under: Faith,Music — Lori @ 4:41 pm

I have stated many times that adoption is a beautiful picture of how God brings us into His family and makes us His child. 

Sons & Daughters CD

I was introduced to Sovereign Grace Music about a year ago and ever since I have been blessed by the music they write and record.  One of their newest CDs is entitled Sons and Daughters, its theme is celebrating our adoption as God’s children through the atoning work of Christ.  Here are words from one of the songs on the CD:

YOU MADE US YOUR OWN

We were ruined in our sin
We were guilty and undone
When Your love reached down with sovereign hands
And beckoned us to come

You sought out the wanderers
Made the prodigals come home
With a lavish feast You welcomed us
For You made us Your own

You have loved us like You love Your Son
We are heirs with Christ, bought by His blood
Oh how great the love that we’ve been shown
We’re Your children now, You made us Your own

We are strangers to the world
But no strangers to Your throne
We draw near You now with confidence
For all our fears are gone

And when Christ our King returns
We’ll meet saints we’ve never known
And forever we will be amazed
That You made us Your own

You have loved us like You love Your Son
We are heirs with Christ, bought by His blood
Oh how great the love that we’ve been shown
We’re Your children now, You made us Your own

Music and words by Steve & Vikki Cook, and Bob Kauflin.
© 2009 Sovereign Grace Worship (ASCAP)/Sovereign Grace Praise (BMI). Sovereign Grace Music, a division of Sovereign Grace Ministries. From Sons & Daughters. All rights reserved. International copyright secured. North American administration by Integrity Music. International administration by CopyCare International.

Use the links in this email to go and check out the Sovereign Grace store.  They offer free chord sheets for many of the songs and you can listen to songs on many albums so you know what the music style is like.  What we enjoy about their music is that the lyrics are scripturally truthful and God honoring words with energetic and varied music styles.

Their everyday prices are low, but keep an eye out because they have sales now and again where you can get some great deals!  Enjoy!

 

Keep Praying (and giving) for Haiti January 16, 2010

Filed under: Faith,Ministries,World Events — Lori @ 2:13 pm

I don’t know about you, but I can hardly think of anything besides the people of Haiti and those who are there trying to do all they can to help them.

Yes, there are many aid workers on the way to Haiti, but there are people who already live there – people who have lived and helped the people of Haiti for years.  People who have given of their lives and love to meet the needs of these poverty stricken people and in those loving acts have also testified of the love of the Father.

I read about another missionary family who ministers in Haiti today.  I found the link on Noel Piper’s blog for a ministry called Real Hope For Haiti Rescue Center.  They began their work in 1999 with a six year old girl who was a burn victim.  From their website:

We began with our first child, a severely burned 6 year old, that would have had to walk 6 hours each way to get dressing changes. We took her into our care to do daily dressing changes. Two week later we took another burn, and after two more weeks we had four children that were living with us full time.

After that they started to take in malnourished children who would stay with them until they were doing better.  You can see that this ministry is perfectly positioned to offer medical care to the people in this hard hit area.

If you are interested in learning more about this ministry or donating to their work in Haiti, please visit their website.  You can donate online through a link on the right hand side of their blog . They have a lot of photos of the devastation.  Please continue your prayers for these people who are precious in God’s eyes.

 

A Missionary Family in Haiti

Filed under: Uncategorized — Lori @ 12:10 am

I found a link to a blog of a missionary family  – the Livesays – in Haiti.  It is interesting to read their thoughts on the earthquake, sending their children back to the U.S. without them, and how things are in Haiti right now.

There are also links on the left to two organizations they work with.  You can look into those links and donate if you are interested.

 

 
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