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This is one of my best friends’ babies. In her hands is a custom order from someone who’s friend lost her son to suicide last week. A son who was this age once. A son who was fiercely loved and valued and squeezed tight. A son who will always be their baby. My heart cannot fathom the overwhelming grief. Our only hope? To lift our eyes to the One who is our help in every season and situation. Jesus, come quickly.
It seems the Lord is teaching me a deeper (more experiential) meaning of what Paul talks about when he describes servants of God as “sorrowful, yet always rejoicing” (2 Corinthians 6:10a). • You see, there is so much good happening. So much joy, provision, and depth of community. So many doors opening. So many opportunities to minister and be ministered to. So much love and humility and grace and kindness and care that it has made me—quite literally—cry into a plate of chicken and waffles from the mercy of it all. • These scattered beams can only be explained by the Lord, who is dropping joy bombs and grace explosions all around. • But it’s not all chicken and waffles. • (Link to blog post in profile ❤️)
“All in all, it was a never-to-be forgotten summer—one of those summers which comes seldom into any life, but leave a rich heritage of beautiful memories in their going—one of those summers which, in a fortunate combination of delightful weather, delightful friends, and delightful doings, come as near to perfection as anything can come in this world.” -L.M. Montgomery
“[It is] as if [David] had said, Separated from God I am nothing, and all that I attempt to do ends in nothing; but when I come to Him, I find an abundant supply of strength. It is highly necessary for us to consider what we are without God; for no man will cast himself wholly upon God, but he who feels himself in a fainting condition, and who despairs of the sufficiency of his own powers. We will seek nothing from God but what we are conscious of wanting in ourselves. ...the reason why God is represented as a portion is, because He alone is abundantly sufficient for us, and because in Him the perfection of our happiness consists.” -John Calvin, on Psalm 73:26

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Adoption Love

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If you’re around me for more than five minutes, chances are the topic of adoption will come up.

I love adoption.

I want to adopt.

I want to support all the adoptions of the world.

I want other people to love adoption.

You get the picture.

I remember sitting with my sweet friends Brian and Lauren after dinner one night talking about adoption when they said (probably at the same time), “Have you read Adopted for Life?! If you’re thinking about adopting, you have to read that book.”

Unfortunately, my answer is the same as it was then: no, in fact, I have not read Russell Moore’s book on adoption. (It’s still on my list.)

BUT. I have listened to the most amazing podcast with Dr. Moore as he shares about the book, the theology of adoption and stories from adopting his two boys from Russia.

“Not every believer is to adopt or foster but every believer is to care for widows and orphans.” -Russell Moore

IT IS SO GOOD. I’m using all caps because it’s that great. It’s 24 minutes. I listened to it four times in two days. The Gospel is so clearly seen in the picture of adoption, and the way Dr. Moore shares everything explodes my heart in worship and adoration of this amazing God who adopted me into His family.

So. If you love adoption, listen to this. If you’re on the fence about adoption, listen to it. If you don’t see the point, listen to it. If you don’t care, listen to it. If you are a human, listen to it.

“But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons.” -Galatians 4:4-5 

 

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