Friday, January 7, 2011

Flashlights in the Closet

I woke up this morning with such a tremendous peace. My babies slept well after they settled down last night so therefore Momma slept well, too. Thank you so much for the prayers you lifted up on my behalf. I truly felt each one of them. I hope my post last night didn't paint a grim picture at the O'Leary house Truthfully, it has been an AWESOME transition time for all of us. We went from 3 kids to 5 kids overnight and that will take some work. There will be personality clashes, but God has gotten us over the main humps. :)

As I woke this morning and we got started with our day, I walked by my closet and heard giggles. I hadn't seen the two "babies" in quite some time. I opened the door and found this
They were sitting in this itty bitty closet with one flashlight and having the time of their lives. Priceless!

Another favorite moment for me today and a gentle reminder of God's goodness were these two cuddled up on the couch this morning. Pure love! Love that is only possible through His love, through the adoption of our precious little ones.

For school, we have been studying the different countries/missionaries. Not long ago, we read Nate Saint. So tonight for family movie night, we watched END OF THE SPEAR. What an incredible movie and a great picture of Jesus' love. You see, our Bible lesson this morning was from Matthew 9:9-13: As Jesus passed on from there, he saw a man called Matthew sitting at the tax booth, and he said to him, “Follow me.” And he rose and followed him. And as Jesus reclined at table in the house, behold, many tax collectors and sinners came and were reclining with Jesus and his disciples. And when the Pharisees saw this, they said to his disciples, “Why does your teacher eat with tax collectors and sinners?” But when he heard it, he said, “Those who are well have no need of a physician, but those who are sick. Go and learn what this means, ‘I desire mercy, and not sacrifice.’ For I came not to call the righteous, but sinners.”

The kids and I discussed how Jesus spent His time with the unbelievers. Well, our movie tonight was quite fitting. Nate Saint and the other 4 missionaries lived in the Ecuadoran jungle and longed to reach the Waorani people. They sacrificed everything for Jesus. They gave it all up. As Nate said goodbye to his son, Steve asked, "Dad, if they attack you, will you shoot them with your guns?" And his father answered, "Son, I cannot do that. They aren't ready for heaven, but I am." WOW! This is what life is all about. Living it to the fullest, to the extreme for our God. Am I doing this? No. Am I being thankful? Not nearly enough. I pray I will chase after Him with a new desire, that He will break my heart for what breaks His, that I will be completely obedient in each step. For right now, that means loving my kids with His love and teaching them to love others, while we build Feeding the Orphans for His kingdom. Click here for an incredible story from today. I just love the way God puts His hands over His children. Have a great weekend!!!


Deb said...

Such a sweet, sweet family. Move to Chicago, okay??? ;)

TheBowlingFamily said...

Such precious moments!!! No wonder your kids have such a heart for the lost!