Saturday, November 20, 2010

God pursues us!

I LOVE knowing that regardless of the choices I make, God is ALWAYS pursuing me. I was reminded of this when we were in China a few weeks ago visiting my sister and her family. Sol was invited by some good friends to share his personal journey with a small group of Chinese muslims of how he converted from a Muslim to a Christian.  (If you haven't heard his story, you are missing out!)  Throughout his sharing, he kept emphasizing the truth that it wasn't anything that he did but it was God pursuing him. It amazes me to think that just as God had his eyes and hands on Sol in the streets of Tehran, Iran, He has his eyes and hands on our children in Ethiopia.

This week has been an emotional week since Tuesday was the day we FINALLY completed our Dossier. I felt like we had reached another milestone in our adoption process.   My heart was pounding and tears streaming down as I drove up to Office Max with our precious documents.  I felt my hands shaking as I gave the women behind the counter my precious package. Before she threw my package on top of the other FedEx packages, I almost wanted to tell her to "PLEASE, Handle with Care!."  I walked back to my car and cried out of joy, relief and excitement.  The Lord reminded me once again that He is pursuing our children all the way in Ethiopia through us. We are just His vessels trying to fulfill what He has called us to do. What a relief to know that it's ALL in his hands.

Somewhere across the Atlantic Ocean there are 2 children waiting to come home. My heart is at rest knowing that HE knows their names, ages and their needs.

Friday, November 5, 2010

Counting our Blessings

" Give praise to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ. He has blessed us with every spiritual blessing. Those blessings come from the heavenly world. They belong to us because we belong to Christ. God chose us to belong to Christ before the world was created. He chose us to be holy and without blame in his eyes. He loved us. So he decided long ago to adopt us as his children. He did it because of what Jesus Christ has done. It pleased God to do it. All those things bring praise to his glorious grace. God freely gave us his grace because of the One he loves. "

What a BEAUTIFUL picture of God's OVERWHELMING love for us. As I was reading these verses to our 5 year old Ethan, I was blown away (again) that God decided long ago to adopt us as His children! Through our adoption in Christ, we have been BLESSED with every spiritual blessing. It just makes me want to give God a HUGE HUG and THANK HIM for this awesome and amazing gift.