I think that we in the U.S. don’t always have an accurate picture in our head of what life is like in third world or developing nations. We have a hard time understanding how hard life might be for children in these countries. I think you will enjoy this video about a little boy in India.
Time to Think about Christmas Gifts October 28, 2010
I have made family bracelets for purchase for several years. They are a unique gift to give to a mom, grandma, aunt, or friend. Each bracelet is custom made for that person as a visual representation of the birth month of each family member. You can include the husband and wife’s birthstone as well as their children, or you can have a bracelet that is just the children’s birthstones or just the grandkids’ birthstones. I will make it to your specifications. All the components of the bracelet are made of solid sterling silver and Swarovski crystals.
Check out the following link to see all the details and instructions for ordering. I will use the proceeds of the sale of the braclet for our adoption expenses.
Think about what the Lord might be asking you to do for the fatherless around the world.
Christ – Our Mediator Who Understands October 27, 2010
The girls and I were doing a Bible devotion on the temptation of Jesus the other day. It was both thought-provoking and comforting as I was reminded that Jesus was tempted just as we are and yet He withstood the temptation and never sinned. This is comforting in several ways. Jesus obeyed God’s law perfectly so that He satisfied God’s demands and was the perfect sacrifice – paying the debt I owe for my sin! The other way that it is comforting is that Jesus is our Mediator – He stands beside God the Father and intercedes for us. He knows our struggles and He knows that we are unable to withstand on our own.
Thinking of that led me to think of other things that Jesus experienced that we experience in a similar way. Have you ever felt like God was not there? Have you felt so deep in a pit of despair that you could not “feel” God’s presence? I have. The darkest time of my life was after our son, Grant, died. I felt abandoned by God. That wasn’t true though, was it? We feel as though we can’t hear God or that He isn’t with us, but He always is – if we are His child. Jesus actually experienced the loss of the presence of God. He knows by personal experience – by an actual occurrence – what we “feel”, although it is not reality. God turned away from Jesus when He took upon Himself our sin on the cross. I don’t know how long that was, but I can only imagine how painful it must have been. In fact, Jesus cried out, “My God, my God! Why have you forsaken me?”
David penned those words in Psalm 22:1-2, a Psalm which is full of prophecy of the coming Messiah and what He would suffer.
1 My God, my God, why have you forsaken me? Why are you so far from saving me, from the words of my groaning? 2O my God, I cry by day, but you do not answer, and by night, but I find no rest.
David’s anguished cry is much like our own. We feel God is far away, sometimes just because He does not seem to be answering our prayers. (Of course, God always answers our prayers! Sometimes His answer is “wait”.) But Jesus, who spoke the exact same words really did experience abandonment of God. Incredible, isn’t it?
I am revelling today in the Savior Who not only lived a righteous life in my place, died the death I deserve, and also rose victorious to daily intercede on my behalf. He is a loving, tender, understanding High Priest for us.
Hebrews 4:14-16 14Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. 15For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. 16 Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.
Anybody Out There? October 15, 2010
It has been some time since I have written here. I wouldn’t be surprised if you have all given up on me! For awhile I was waiting to write hoping that any day I would have good news to share about Levi’s adoption.
Sometimes I am so funny.
Like I EVER get information when I am promised it. Why do I always believe them?
I really didn’t want to write another “we are still waiting for news” post. So, I guess I won’t. 🙂
School is going well. I wasn’t sure who it would be harder on to get back into our schedule, me or the girls. It has been good for all of us. I enjoy getting back into a regular schedule. It helps me to spend my days in a more worthwhile manner. I can waste a lot of time in the summer! The girls did a month long summer school specifically teaching phonics and reading skills. They both really enjoyed it and it seems like it was helpful in solidifying all the work we have done in the last two years of school on phonics.
Both of the girls are making good progress with their reading. It is so encouraging to see all the hard work start to pay off.
A fun thing the girls and I have been doing is a program offered through Sonlight Curriculum called Passport to India. It is a ten part video diary of a visit to India. It is meant to teach about the culture and people of India, but with an emphasis on what the Lord in doing to advance the gospel there. There is a mixture of sadness and hope as you watch. He is visiting desparately poor people, but there are Christians who are bringing a message of hope through the gospel to the people. There are slum churches that teach reading and writing and help women to learn to make things to sell so that they can help their families. There are Children’s Bible Clubs that invite the kids to come and learn scripture and songs and they bring what they are learning back to their families.
This has been so neat to do with the girls. Kalindi is not surprised by what she sees. In fact, she will comment on things as we watch – for instance she remembers her mother cooking over a fire similar to what we saw on the video. Kira really only remembers her life at the orphanage so she does not identify with the kids in the video as much as Kalindi does.
What they are both learning is that there are people who love Jesus in India and they are telling others about the Savior. It will take generations to change the poverty and injustice in India. But, the Lord can change one heart at a time.
You can donate to Mission India to help fund their various projects. Mission India exists to equip Indian Christians to take the gospel into their own communities through Adult Literacy Classes, Children’s Bible Clubs, and Church Planter Training. You can read more about their projects here. Any donation you make through the Sonlight link will be matched by Sonlight until November 17.