Monday, November 14, 2011

Orphan Sunday

Yesterday was nationwide orphan sunday. I love the fact that there are many others out there that are in pursuit of orphans as well (or have already adopted) and that orphans are recognized in the church. We got the share in 1 of Lakeview's sunday schools about our story and what God is doing in our family.

Still trusting for about $2000 just to begin the homestudy! God is good and we know that whenever He calls and commands, He always provides. Our faith muscles continue to grow!

It's beginning to look a little like Christmas!

We started putting up the tree yesterday. The boys are having fun with it. Micah is a good helper. He "hooks" the ornament for me and hangs the low ornaments for me. Elijah was a little scared of it.

I'm praying that the boys would see through all the glitter and bows and see Jesus. That's what it's all about. Not the presents (although they are fun). As Jesus works through me, they get a glimpse of what a relationship with Jesus is all about. "Life is but a breath." Our lives are so short here on this earth. I am determined to live my life with no regrets for Jesus.

In the DR Congo, the average ANNUAL salary is ~$250. That's less than $1 per day. I cannot even imagine what life would be like. I have kept that number in mind as I do my christmas shopping.


Lies from the enemy

We have an enemy here on this earth that wants to do everything in his power to deter us from believing God's promises and doing God's work. But I'm so thankful that Jesus has defeated our enemy and we are victorious in Jesus!!! Fear is not from God. He has not given us the spirit of fear. As Micah says, "Jesus is gonna win the fight when He throws satan in the lake of fire!"

Adoption is such a battle for lost souls of children. Satan has such a stronghold in these dark places around the globe where MILLIONS of kids are orphaned.

Some lies that the enemy is trying to make me believe about adopting...
-This isn't really what God wants you to do.
-God didn't really say to take care of the Fatherless
-God will not provide for you.
-There are better ways to use your time and money.
-It doesn't matter that there are 143 million orphans in the world.
-There's no way you can do this. It's too much of a burden.
-Just take the easy road. Don't be radical for Jesus.

I will say no to his lies. The enemy is wrong. The Victor is living in me!