January 31, 2013

Created for Care Recap

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I had an amazing time at Created for Care this past weekend.  I made the trip after several weeks of feeling burnt out, exhausted and overwhelmed.

I went seeking refreshment.

Greg even sent me this note.

I am praying you will be blessed, refreshed, and energized so you can serve more effectively with greater joy!

Refreshed I was. Worshipping with friends who were very dear to me, having heartfelt conversation late into the night and in that 8 hour car ride and lots of laughter.

One of the things that I love about this group is that you can go straight into the heart of conversations. No weird awkwardness or surface talk. You introduce yourself (scream if you are meeting a bff internet friend for the first time) and then you are right in it.  I love that. I needed that.

Now..some cool things. At the retreat there was something called “A Date with God”  Danielle and I signed up for the 8am session.

We walked down stairs in the room and I saw this tent up with the sign “Tent of Refreshment” Yep. tears started.

We sat down and waiting for others to arrive and while the gal who was hosting this was talking about each station, I had tears flowing the whole time and we hadn’t even started yet!!  A station to sit at a cross and soak up the Word, a tent to sit under and be refreshed and hear from the Lord, a huge map to lay hands on a country God called you to pray for, a wall to leave sticky note prayer requests and to stand and pray for, 2 ladies to go to for intercessory prayer, a place to draw, a place to sculpt, a place to paint.

And then-- A place to go and be prayed a blessing over and to receive a scripture. Now..as I sat on my knees, I knew the lady I was to receive a blessing from. I went to her (yes, weeping as I went) and she started to pray. Just. right. what. I. needed.  She prayed I would feel His love. She prayed for the burdens I felt. She prayed that I would feel His arms and proceeded to give me a huge bear hug (yes, I was sobbing at this point)

And then.

She prayed for the child we hadn’t met yet. in earnest. WHAT??  STOP THE TAPE.  I have NO IDEA what that was about. I hugged her (there’s no talking in A Date with God) picked my Scripture (rolled up paper)  and our session was over.

and I was still going “WHAT??”  Asked my friend who also was with her if she had that in her blessing. No. Asked others the same question. No. UNLESS they had a child waiting.

Funny thing is several weeks ago Greg told me on the phone he was ready to start again. (remember..I usually pulled him into adoption with tow rope) and I laughed and told him he was crazy.

As soon as I got back to our room I sent Greg a fb message. We decided she was nuts.

I just needed to share that here because honestly-- We are open to whatever God wants. (did I just say that? on  public place?) and so if there is another child out there…I can come back and read this and see how God was working.

I then read my Scripture

Isaiah 44:3-5

For I will pour water on the thirsty land,
and streams on the dry ground;
I will pour my Spirit upon your offspring,
and my blessing on your descendants.
4They shall spring up among the grass
like willows by flowing streams.
5This one will say, 'I am the Lord's,'
another will call on the name of Jacob,
and another will write on his hand, 'The Lord's,'
and name himself by the name of Israel."

Pouring water on a thirsty and dry ground. Yes. exactly how I felt. dry. thirsty. needing refreshing.  Thanking God that He is faithful to pour that water out and bring dry bones back to life.


Some pictures from the weekend

Danielle and I took a walk in the afternoon. It was FREEZING.

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Love this group. All of these women have done older child adoption and are a source of encouragement each and every day.

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AGCI crew

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AGCI friends

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Hanging out with the Project HOPEFUL team.

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I love this girl. Too many states between us.

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January 30, 2013

Emebet’s Surgery Begins!

Today is the day!!  As we slept last night Emebet’s journey back to walking and dancing began!

Thank you to all of you who have donated to make this happen!

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The road back to walking:

Emebet needs both knee joints to be released. We will start with the right side. It might take a week or even longer to extend her joint as she has to go to the operating theatre repeatedly in order to carefully extend her joint. Once the joint has become fully extended, the wound will be skingrafted. The same procedure will then be done on the other side. I assume Emebet may need to stay about 4 weeks.

We ask that you prayer for her, her daughter, and her husband. Pray for the doctor as he operates, for Emebet’s body to heal and have no infection and for her to be strong and courageous.

This woman inspires me. I cannot wait to see her in April and hug on her!!

January 23, 2013

Women of the Bible Wednesday—Sarah

Sarah

“Chieftainnes”  “Princess”

 

Scripture Readings:

Genesis  12:1-20, 16:1-8, 17:1-22, 18:1-15, 21:1-13 

Galatians 4:22-31

Couple of things strike me with this.

#1  After losing the referral of that first little boy and we were grieving and wondering, I had a friend email me to not lose heart. That God had our “Isaac” still waiting. This comforted me so much at the time. That’s God’s promise to use would come to pass.

I try to think of Sarah and how she must have felt during all of this. Following her husband to foreign lands, the desperation of infertility, jealousy, being given to the pharaoh to protect the family, have it happen again with Abimelech and being told that the promise would come now as an ‘old woman’

and then to argue with the Lord…

Now Abraham and Sarah were old, advanced in years. The way of women had ceased to be with Sarah. 12  So Sarah laughed to herself, saying, y"After I am worn out, and  my lord is old, shall I have pleasure?" 13 The Lord said to Abraham, "Why did Sarah laugh and say, 'Shall I indeed bear a child, now that I am old?' 14  Is anything too hard  for the Lord?  At the appointed time I will return to you, about this time next year, and Sarah shall have a son." 15 But Sarah denied it, 8 saying, "I did not laugh," for she was afraid. He said, "No, but you did laugh."

How many times do I try to hurry God’s promises up…try to work out myself…make it happen the way I think it should happen.

Because, to be honest, sometimes I don’t trust God with it completely.

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I love the passage on how important names were in Biblical times (one thing I love about Ethiopia)

which reminds me of this verse:

"He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. To him who overcomes I will give some of the hidden manna to eat. And I will give him a white stone, and on the stone a new name written which no one knows except him who receives it." (Revelation 2:17)

And I loved this:

God hints at his purpose for you by planting dreams within your heart.

What are your dreams?

Odds and Ends

Life around here:

Many faces of T-man

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And we decided he was going to be a runner. He ran 80+ times around in a circle around the house. non stop.

I let Rebekah highlight my hair on Saturday because I was bored. Note to self: 50 minutes may be too long.

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Rachel was pretty stoked to take her cow skull to co-op that she drug up from the creek.  Can you say HOMESCHOOLER?

T is still learning how to drink like a toddler human

T’s singing debut. We are waiting for Adele to call for a duet.

January 13, 2013

Let our little girls be little girls

Can we chat?

This has been something that has been weighing heavy on my heart for a while from what I am seeing everywhere: schools, homeschool groups, churches, stores..etc.

The ‘growing up’ of our little girls.  The rush to push them ahead. Grow them up. Make them mini grown women.

Now..to add some disclaimers.

#1  I don’t have it all figured out. At all. Anyone who knows me knows that. So this isn’t a lecture or a judgment. Just a mom sharing her concern and her heart. So PLEASE do not take it as such.

#2  I am not talking about responsibilities or chores or maturity levels. Yes, children need those and yes, “way back when”  they had a lot more responsibilities and ‘grew up’ a lot quicker. But….I am never one to hold tightly to something just because that’s the way they did it “way back when” (we can all think of things that we are glad didn’t stay the same) and also things were different back then as well. Very different.

Now..back to our girls.

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Can we let them just have their make believe and their dolls for a little while longer?  Do we have to rush them to ‘teen world’ so soon?  Make up, body hugging clothing, texting, and boys?

Can we let them enjoy their tree houses, nature finds, and bikes for a couple more years?

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Let’s not encourage them in the boy craze where their hearts are broken and self esteem is crushed.  Instead, let’s encourage them in discovering who they are, trying new things, and developing who they are in the Lord.

Let’s make sure they know that their self esteem comes from God and who they are in Him--- a beautiful creation from His hand that He loves and cherishes.

If they need to date so early, send them on a date with Dad (or Grandpa) —let him teach them the type of guy that they should be looking for.  If there is no significant male in their life to do that--- Mom..you then teach them by setting that example yourself.

Here is my real concern.

As humans..we always want the next thing…the next game, the next fad, the next big electronic product, the next movie…

If our girls are growing up so fast and being allowed to do things so early…what will be their ‘next thing?’

Let’s not burden them with those responsibilities and temptations so early.

“And so seated next to my father in the train compartment, I suddenly asked, "Father, what is sexsin?"
He turned to look at me, as he always did when answering a question, but to my surprise he said nothing. At last he stood up, lifted his traveling case off the floor and set it on the floor.
Will you carry it off the train, Corrie?" he said.
I stood up and tugged at it. It was crammed with the watches and spare parts he had purchased that morning.
It's too heavy," I said.
Yes," he said, "and it would be a pretty poor father who would ask his little girl to carry such a load. It's the same way, Corrie, with knowledge. Some knowledge is too heavy for children. When you are older and stronger, you can bear it. For now you must trust me to carry it for you.”
Corrie ten Boom, The Hiding Place

January 11, 2013

Women of the Bible Study—Join me?

I am going to start this study and blog through it weekly.

Women of the Bible: A One-Year Devotional Study of Women in Scripture

It looks interesting and I love studying actual people from the Word and learning from their lives.

The last books I have done  have been intense on ministry and orphan care and I am needing a change of pace at the moment.

Check it out-- I plan on sharing about it on Wednesdays.

http://www.amazon.com/Women-Bible-One-Year-Devotional-Scripture/dp/0310326001/ref=sr_1_4?ie=UTF8&qid=1357927795&sr=8-4&keywords=women+of+the+bible

Want to join in?

January 7, 2013

What God has done in Awassa!

Remember this post on July 5?

http://forsuchasthese.blogspot.com/2012/07/shaky-first-step.html

We had no idea how this would work, what we would do or even what it would really look like. We decided after prayer and encouragement from others to jump off that high dive.

And God went to work. Big time. Teaming up with Project HOPEFUL and God giving a whole group of people a passion and love for those in and around Awassa, Ethiopia.

What has God done through YOU?

We have 66 children with FIG sponsorships!

Since July we have had close to $5000 donated for goats!

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We have raised the $1900 for Emebet’s surgery which will be on January 10!

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Not only did we raise funds for her..many of you sent scriptures and prayers over to encourage her!

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Greg and Bekah went over in October to meet the families and deliver goats.  Bekah made this video in response to that trip.

6 walkers were donated

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Supplies are delivered on a regular basis.

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A soccer team is formed

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The Word is shared from men of God in the community

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Children are loved and care for

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Families are given food and medical care

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Christmas celebration is had.

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Blankets are given to 20+ families

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And…one of my favorites…see that sign? Income Generation Training…so these women will be able to stand for themselves and pass that on to their children. LOVE this part.

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All of this..because of God and because of YOU.  Thank you for being a part of what He is doing in Awassa!

Join our Awassa Facebook group: Facebook.com/groups/ProjectHOPEFULAwassa

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