Wednesday, September 18, 2013

The "F" word

I can't believe we're really doing this.  To be honest, this is the part about the adoption process that I've been dreading the most...truly.

Fundraising.

Why does that word alone conjure up so many uncomfortable feelings?  And the terrible thing is that it shouldn't.  A friend of mine has said, "It doesn't take a village to raise a child.  But it does take a village to fund an adoption."

Asking people for help in general is not my strong suit, but I honestly can't think of a time in my life until now that I've asked anyone for money.  The fact that I don't have practice doing this is a blessing to be sure, but it doesn't make this any easier.  I could use some experience and expertise right about now!

But it's a reality.  And it became more real today when our very first fundraiser was launched on Facebook just hours ago.


For her



I will continue to step outside my "box" and fight which means I'm asking for your help.  Won't you please consider bidding on some of the fun (and some random) items in our online auction.

You see her arms up in the air on that carousel?  Did you notice the "V" shape?

"V" is for victory.  Won't you help her gain victory in having a forever family?

She may just be one, but family matters to her...and she matters to us, her family.


This mama just wants to see her dance with freedom in the waves again one day.

Please check out the Sparrow Adoption Auction which will help not just our family, but three other families also pursuing EU adoptions.

Tuesday, September 17, 2013

Eagle's wings

You know how sometimes you read a Bible passage and even though you know you've read it before, oftentimes on multiple occasions, your eyes are opened to it in an entirely new way and you wonder where it's been all your life.  Today was one of those days.

He will cover you with His pinions,
And under His wings you may seek refuge;
His faithfulness is a shield and bulwark.
Psalm 91:4

The Lord has had a lot to say to me lately about His love.  His love for me, His love for those who love Him and His love for those who do not know His love.

There is no way I could recount the number of times I've heard of the Lord described as having wings like eagle's.  And honestly, that's probably why my eyes weren't completely opened until recently as to what a beautiful picture that really is.  "Eagle's wings" is kind of a common descriptor of God and, sadly, those common phrases are the ones that I need to reflect on the most.  Because I've been in Christian circles most of my life, there are words and phrases such as this that do not cause me to be in awe of the God who spoke them.  The God who describes Himself in such unique and beautiful ways.

What do these eagle's wings say about our great God?

I love John MacArthur's words on the subject in his commentary on Deuteronomy:
The Lord exercised His loving care for Israel like an eagle caring for its young, especially as they were taught to fly.  As they began to fly and had little strength, they would start to fall.  At that point, an eagle would stop their fall by spreading its wings so they could land on them; so the Lord has carried Israel and not let the nation fall.  He has been training Israel to fly on His wings of love and omnipotence.
Until recently, when I've pictured the eagle spoken of in Scripture, I've just pictured the bird itself.  I've thought nothing of it's qualities as a parent, the way it cares for it's young.  The way when they jump to learn to fly for the first time, they fall.  But they are protected by their loving parent.  They are not left to fall to the ground.  They are allowed to fall just far enough that they are reminded that their parent delights in catching them.  And so they jump again, each time gaining more strength as they continue to place their faith in their parent to be their refuge.  Until one day they can fly in freedom knowing that their parent is the one who enabled them to fly.

And so today I am thankful that God, the ultimate parent, has given me the protection that only His wings can provide...everlasting shelter.  That when things look scary it's okay because I only see a little portion of His great plan.  Never will I fall from the refuge of His mighty wings.

Like an eagle that stirs up its nest,
That hovers over its young,
He spread His wings and caught them,
He carried them on His pinions.
Deuteronomy 32:11

Never will I read a passage about eagle's wings in the same way again.  Thanking God for his continued mercy in my life, gracing me with new eyes each day when I seek Him.


Wednesday, September 11, 2013

Committed

Today it became official, at least on Reece's Rainbow, that Kate has a "committed" family.  When I clicked on the link that was emailed to me, it opened to this page...



...for the Saunders family...

She has a family.  This little girl has a family.  And it's ours.  I've been waiting so long to share our last name with this adorable face.  I realize it's still not truly official, but it's one step closer and I just love seeing her face whenever possible.

I had no idea that when I chose her face to be part of a collage I made last November...


...and began praying for these faces to find forever families...

...that one of those families would be my own.

...that she would fly halfway across the world to live with our family for a month.

...that before she even arrived, God told us to pursue her as our daughter.

...that she would stand in my kitchen and tell me, in English, how old she was when this picture was taken.

I. had. no. idea.

I still have no idea.  I have no idea how all of this has come to fruition...with much still to come.

What I do know is that I could not have orchestrated this all if I had tried.

And I'm so thankful I didn't have to.

She is His gift to us.  Just as the Reece's Rainbow page says, "Kate for the Saunders family."

Not "The Saunders family for Kate."  "Kate for the Saunders family."

And that has been our experience thus far.  She has been for us much more than what we have been for her.  She blesses us and changes us more than we could ever bless or change her.

Every good and perfect gift is from above, coming down from the Father of the heavenly lights, who does not change like shifting shadows.
James 1:17

God places the lonely in families...Kate into the Saunders family.  Just like He places us, who were once orphans, into His family.

And for the record, her name is Kate on this site simply in an effort to protect her identity.
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