Wednesday, April 28, 2010
Now, her heart breaks for her brother and sister in Ghana. And it breaks for a one year old girl she has never met. And it breaks for the orphans living all over the world who do not have a home. In light of this, we are posing a challenge for everyone. The Rice Challenge. Here are the details. Instead of eating a "real" meal, eat rice and drink water one night. This in itself is a reminder to what the poor will be eating, IF they are eating. Put the money in a jar that you would have otherwise spent on your meal. If you feel led, send us the money you would have spent. We will be traveling to Ghana soon to bring our children home. We are going to deliver food to the different foster homes while we are there. This is one way you can help feed children in Africa. Feel free to pass this "challenge" along to anyone you know. The more people involved the better.
They are here, our t-shirt design. We are so excited about these. We are so burdened with the orphan crisis throughout the world, but God has delicately placed our hearts in Africa. I love the way He does that! Some people are drawn to Ukraine or China or South Korea or Ghana. Together we make a complete body for Christ.
Details on the shirts:
child sizes - xsmall, small, medium, large, xlarge
adult sizes - small, medium, large, xlarge, etc.
$20 each or buy 4, get 1 free
Proceeds will go to help us and the Beebes, beebebits.blogspot.com (our friends awaiting their referral from Ghana) pay for our adoptions. We will also use this money to buy supplies for the foster homes while we are in Ghana. Please pass this along to anyone you think might be interested.
Monday, April 26, 2010
1 Thessalonians 5:17 Pray without ceasing
1 Peter 3:12 - For the eyes of the Lord are on the righteous, and His ears are open to their prayer. But the face of the Lord is against those who do evil.
Thursday, April 22, 2010
Tuesday, April 20, 2010
Wednesday, April 14, 2010
I forgot to tell you they told us they NEVER bill people for vaccines, but they gave us our typhoid and billed us! God was certainly in control of that appointment. Just another confirmation to us that we are following His plan!
I lift up my eyes to the hills. From where does my help come? My help comes from the Lord, who made heaven and earth. Psalm 121:1-2 He is my Helper, my Comforter, my Supporter! I need to put Him first and ask for His guidance.
Please continue to pray for our family and our sweet children in Africa. And I thank God for sweet friends who will pray for me and with me. Friends who will drop everything when I need something and for a husband who walked in the door tonight as I walked out just so I could be rejuvenated!
Monday, April 12, 2010
(I have been trying to upload this video, but each time I am almost there my computer kicks off. So frustrated! Go to youtube and search for Amos Story-Aaron Ivey. It will be worth your time.)
As angels hold you tight, may you sleep in peace tonight, my little ones
Saturday, April 10, 2010
Today has been a difficult day for me. We have a houseful of kids, which we love, but even more today I realize my two children are missing. My sweet boy is in Africa and I'm here. You see, I am missing him even more today than usual because there is a little boy spending the weekend with us who is his age and his size (almost exactly). Everytime I look at this little boy, I see my sweet son and cannot wait for him to be here. It has been so precious to watch Aiden ride his power wheels tractor with him. I realize before long it will be his brother sitting beside him. I know everything is in God's timing and I'm praying for peace today. I am so thankful for this song, though, because it is such a reminder to me. God is always right beside me, holding me up. He will never leave us.
Wednesday, April 7, 2010
Monday, April 5, 2010
Update on our approval from USCIS is we're still waiting. I contacted the Memphis office and our caseworker was on vacation for several days, so our file is FINALLY on her desk. We should have it soon! Keep praying!
Other than that, we are enjoying the time we have with 3 children. Very soon, we will be a family of 7!
Saturday, April 3, 2010
In a greenhouse, a seed is planted.It is nurtured under the right temperature.It's given the correct amount of light, until a seed cover pops off and a tiny plant emerges....Healthy, strong and growing under the influence of the house it is in.The only problem is the greenhouse has not prepared the plant for adversity.In our community I see so many kids, my own included, that are raised in the greenhouse conditions.Perfect amount of schooling. Perfect amount of socializing. Perfect amount of church. Perfect amount of friends and only "like minded friends".We pay for our kids to go to the best violin teachers, voice teachers, piano teachers.Then they will, Lord willing, get married to someone who has been raised in a greenhouse right down the road under the same perfect conditions.They start their own greenhouse and are happy.Of course, they're happy. Their whole life has been about being comfortable in their greenhouse.My heart breaks when I think about all the trouble we go through raising our kids in the right conditions, teaching them Bible verses, making sure they know all the right truths. BUT...They never feel inclined to make a difference in the world.Sometimes it is lack of passion.Sometimes it is lack of knowledge that there is a lost and dying world right outside their greenhouse. But more often, it is our fault as parents. We are passing down our laziness. We struggle to LIVE out our faith so our kids will struggle. Yes, they will thrive in our greenhouse and most of them will pass on a great greenhouse life to their children, but we have to pass on a love for ALL of God's people. We have to be willing to stand with our children and help a lost world. We have to pass down a passion for the orphans of this world, the homeless and the widows.Yes, we have to grow strong plants for the next generation but we cannot forget the passion of Christ. Teaching our children to love and be keepers of the home is what I am about, but I also want them to be about the orphans and the needy that are NOT growing in a greenhouse. I can only teach that when I come out of the greenhouse and go with my children into the battlefield. It is all in vain if we raise up an army and our army is never sent to the battlefield but only to the greenhouse next door.