"I consider my life worth nothing to me, if only I may finish the race and complete the task the Lord Jesus has given me - the task of testifying to the gospel of God's grace." Acts 20:24

To Tell of His Grace

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

Serve Day

We went out on Saturday with our Community Group and BBQ'd with the homeless. We had a really great time! We are trying to stretch ourselves more and live more like Jesus. So often we just get stuck in our "comfort zones" and we don't step outside and love all others like He calls us to. One verse that has really convicted Brodie and I and caused us to make sure that we are really trying to love others with His love is
Luke 6:31-36:

31 Do to others as you would have them do to you. 32 If you love those who love you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners love those who love them. 33 And if you do good to those who are good to you, what credit is that to you? Even sinners do that. 34 And if you lend to those from whom you expect repayment, what credit is that to you? Even sinners lend to sinners, expecting to be repaid in full. 35 But love your enemies, do good to them, and lend to them without expecting to get anything back. Then your reward will be great, and you will be children of the Most High, because He is kind to the ungrateful and wicked.36 Be merciful, just as your Father is merciful.

We are so guilty of this! This has been a beautiful season of asking the Lord to search our hearts and show us the ways in which we need to grow in Him and surrender fully to Him. We don't want to hold on to our ways and miss His. This means stepping outside of our comfort zones and doing what He wants us to do rather than what is easy and comfortable. Brodie is so much better at this than I am...I am so glad that he is so action-oriented. For me right now, I am just obeying and asking God to fill me as I do  :)  And of course every time He does!!! I confess, I was a bit unsure about bringing the kids...I didn't know what neighborhood we'd be in, etc. But they were fine...they just jumped right in with serving plates up, picking up trash 
and of course eating all the great food!

Monday, March 26, 2012

Waiting on The Lord

"Be still before the Lord and wait patiently for Him;
those who hope in the Lord will inherit the land." Psalm 37: 7,9

The other night we were saying our bedtime prayers and we always pray for Kaylee. Kolson had such a heartfelt prayer asking God to "bring Kaylee soon because it feels like we are not even going to get a baby anymore". I so understand his prayer. Our hearts long to have her home with us, to know who she is and have a date set to go and get her. But as adults, Brodie and I can understand and even appreciate that the process and journey are so important to having her here with us. We know that God has stripped so much from us and He has so much more to strip...we have grown so much in Him these last 9 months. And He continues to remind us that 9 months ago adoption was not even on our radar...so who are we to try and rush Him now. We trust in His timing and even more than I want to know who she is and have her home right away, I want HIS Will, HIS timing, HIS Way. But for a 7 year old that is so hard to understand.

Dear Jesus, I pray that You will strengthen all of our hearts as we wait. Please continue to make us more like You and less like ourselves. I ask that You will put Your love in our hearts, Your patience, Your desires. Lord, Your Word says that we are to lay down our lives in order to find true life in You. O, how I can see that we have lived life so much for ourselves and only You can work in us to live life all for You and those that You put in front of us. I confess we need You to do this in us! So as we wait, will You please help us to consider everything a loss compared to knowing You! 
Help us to love others with Your love!!!

I came across this devotional today from CBN.com

Waiting on God Patiently

By Andrew Murray
Andrew Murray (1828-1917), was born in Cape Town, South Africa and became a revered missionary leader in the late 1800s and early 1900s, promoting and establishing missions in South Africa. His devotional writings are considered classics of the Christian faith. This devotional is taken from Murray's series of writings titled, Waiting on God.

If we truly set ourselves to wait upon God, we shall find that it is with Him we are impatient, because He does not at once, or as soon as we could wish, do our bidding. It is in waiting upon God that our eyes are opened to believe in His wise and sovereign will, and to see that the sooner and the more completely we yield absolutely to it, the more surely His blessing can come to us. 

The waiting is to teach us our absolute dependence upon God’s mighty working, and to make us in perfect patience place ourselves at His disposal. They that wait on the Lord shall inherit the land; the promised land and its blessing. The heirs must wait; they can afford to wait.It is resting in the Lord, in His will, His promise, His faithfulness, and His love, that makes patience easy. 

And the resting in Him is nothing but being silent unto Him, still before Him. Having our thoughts and wishes, our fears and hopes, hushed into calm and quiet in that great peace of God which passeth all understanding.That peace keeps the heart and mind when we are anxious for anything, because we have made our request known to Him. The rest, the silence, the stillness, and the patient waiting, all find their strength and joy in God Himself.

“Rest in the Lord, and wait patiently for Him.”

Yes, for HIM. Seek not only the help, the gift, thou needest seek: HIMSELF; wait for HIM. Give God His glory by resting in Him, by trusting him fully, by waiting patiently for Him. This patience honours Him greatly; it leaves Him, as God on the throne, to do His work; it yields self wholly into His hands. It lets God be God.

If thy waiting be for some special request, wait patiently. If thy waiting be more the exercise of the spiritual life seeking to know and have more of God, wait patiently.

Whether it be in the shorter specific periods of waiting, or as the continuous habit of the souls. Rest in the Lord, be still before the Lord, and wait patiently. “They that wait on the Lord shall inherit the land."

Thank You, Jesus, for seasons of waiting. We PRAISE YOU for we know that You are at work even when we can't see You! It is when we can't see You that our faith is put into action. We trust You to bring us our Kaylee Grace in Your perfect timing. And we trust You to work so deeply in us in this process...that we will grow stronger in You, You will grow us to "consider our lives worth nothing if only we may finish the race and complete the task that You, Jesus, have given us - the task of testifying to the Gospel of Your Grace!"(Acts 20:24) I know that at the beginning of this journey when we first felt You call us I felt You say that through this process You would bring freedom and faith through it and I trust You for that. Thank You, Jesus..."for You who call us are FAITHFUL and You will do it"!!!!! (1Thes 5:24)

Saturday, March 17, 2012

St. Patrick's Day (Celebrating Early)

The following is an exerpt from  Christianpost.com

In honor of St. Patrick's Day, here is a little backstory on Saint Patrick himself.

At the age of 16, Saint Patrick was captured by Irish raiders and taken to Ireland where he became a slave to the chieftain of Ulster. One night, after six years of slavery, Saint Patrick heard a voice, "Behold, thy ship is ready." He traveled two hundred miles on foot to a place where he knew no one and had never been. He wrote in his autobiographical account, "After this I took flight, and left the man with whom I had been six years; and I came in the strength of the Lord, who directed my way for good; and I feared nothing till I arrived at the ship. And on that same day on which I arrived, the ship moved out of its place."
Patrick made his way back to Britain, found his family, and could have lived out the rest of his life in relative comfort in the land of freedom. But in 432 AD, he had another vision.
Saint Patrick went back to Ireland as a missionary. No outside religion had penetrated Ireland in a thousand years. Saint Patrick founded more than 300 churches and baptized more than 120,000 people. His ministry was so influential that he came to be known as the one who "found Ireland all heathen and left it all Christian."

Wow! I learned this about St. Patrick a few weeks ago...I never knew all of this about him (I think because in America we make this day of honor about something entirely different).We had our yearly Irish dinner of Corned Beef and Cabbage and read this as a family! We celebrated a little early this year :)

Kolson helped decorate by making a Happy St. Patrick's Day sign!

Wednesday, March 14, 2012

R.O.C.K Youth Night ~ Reaching Out to Christ for Kids

We started something new as a family...once a month we are going to have a "Youth Night" where kids can come and grow in their FAITH! We had a blast and we were SO blessed to have our great friend, Jon Shabaglian,  come and lead worship for us and do the message! The kids loved him and totally related to his message...which was on Romans 8:38, 39...that NOTHING can separate us from the 
LOVE of God that is in Christ Jesus our LORD!!!

Truthfully, we know where we would be without Jesus in our lives and we just want these precious kids to have the opportunity to learn about God's love and just how great it is - that He sent His One and Only Son into the world to take our sin upon Himself so that "whosoever believes in Him will not perish but will have eternal life"!!!

We had a full garage of kids 
that came to learn about JESUS and how much He loves us all!

Girls and boys...

All ages!

Tuesday, March 13, 2012

I am SO inspired to SKIP!!!

I was sent these videos today through email...
so simple yet makes all the difference to those in need!
Skip something, feed a child!!!

Skip1 PSA "Restaurant" [Francis & Lisa Chan Version] from Skip1 on Vimeo.

Francis Chan "Saving for the Future" from Skip1 on Vimeo.

Francis Chan "Happy" from Skip1 on Vimeo.

Monday, March 12, 2012

Another Powerful Testimony

My friend, Ann, sent me this video...just another reminder of how much Jesus loves us. We are each so precious to Him! And as we travel this road to our daughter, I am beginning to see just how special of a place each and every orphan holds in His Heart! He is the Father to the fatherless - that is so comforting to know and be reminded of as we wait. He holds her, He cares, she belongs to Him and He has chosen her for our family. We can hardly wait!!! Although, we feel so blessed to have this time together as a family to grow together as He molds our hearts to become more like His  :) At the end of the video, the husband talks about the kind of life he wants to live here on earth...that is so how Brodie and I feel!!! We want ALL that Jesus has intended for us... OUR LIVES ARE NOT OUR OWN ...and it is so great to get fresh reminders of that  :)  I heard a godly man say this today, "Lord, here is my life. I give You all of me. Spend me however You wish." And I joyfully echo that prayer!!!

Family Fun

Two weeks ago Brodie and Kennady went to the Father/Daughter Dance at school

This weekend we had Kennady's cheer competition

Kennady is the flyer on the right hand side of the screen

And some much needed football card time for the boys!