Friday, October 30, 2009
Does anyone know what this says?? Come on all you Spanish speakers. There's got to be somebody out there...
Okay I'll give you a hint. It's my FAVORITE verse.
In Spanish, there's 2 verbs that mean to know. The first is conocer. Conocer means to be familiar with, or acquainted with. For example, you would use it in the sentence: I know of an excellent Italian restaurant. The second verb is saber. Saber means to know facts, information, or data. You would never use it to say that you know a person, or you "might" know how to crochet. Nope. Saber is when you REALLY know something for sure.
So, in the translation for Jeremiah 29:11, they use the verb saber. For I know the plans I have for you. Except in Spanish they say "Porque yo sé muy bien los planes que tengo para ustedes."
Muy bien means very well. For I know very well the plans I have for you.
God knows very well, for a fact, set in stone, without a doubt, the plans He has for us. I loved studying the translation of that and I love how they emphasize just how secure His plans are. It brought me such peace to rest in the fact that my life is in His hands.
So much of my future is out of my control right now. On college admissions desks in 3 different states. My heart so burdened to GO somewhere and serve, yet knowing I am a student right now and that is not where He's leading me. Trying to take control of these plans God has for me is futile. It only creates stress and discontentment.
How much better to rest in His arms, lean my head upon His shoulder and saber, know, that His plans for me are good and perfect. For He knows very well what He has for me.
Sunday, October 18, 2009
Does anyone else think maybe God put "wait for the Lord" in there twice for a reason?!
I think He knew we might just need it.
I could probably use that written a 100 times in a row.
But then again... it probably wouldn't completely demolish my impatience.
I'd gotten onto BibleGateway today to look up some Scripture references for another blog post on This Next Generation and I nearly laughed out loud when I saw this Scripture smack dab in the middle of the webpage. Sometimes God has a sense of humor and He likes to wave it in front of our eyes. :)
So I'm trying to wait on the Lord. Wait for His perfect timing. Wait for Him to show me what road to take.
"For I can do all things through Christ who strengthens me." Philippians 3:14. I can be strong, take heart and wait on the Lord, through Christ who strengthens me.
Saturday, October 10, 2009
I get so excited whenever I watch these videos or find new adoption blogs.
I just can't help it.
It makes me so excited to see God calling families to this journey of adoption. And seeing them follow.
It makes me so excited for the day God ordains to be the Gotcha day for my child(ren) :)
It makes me so thankful that there are people doing what I am not yet able to do.
I am thankful that I am able to do something while I wait for that day to come when I can adopt children myself. God will provide a way to minister to the orphans to each and every person. All you have to do is ask what He's calling you to. And each and every call is IMPORTANT. It could be praying. That is just as important as bringing home a child. There is no such thing as a unimportant aspect of ministry. ANY type of service is productive, necessary, and crucial to furthering the kingdom.
I'm excited to see what God is doing and what He's going to do as the Church follows His call to the orphans.
"Seek justice, encourage the opporessed, defend the cause of the fatherless, plead the case of the widow."
Lord, you are beautiful. Your glory is displayed in all of creation. You make me stand in awe of all that You are and I praise You, Jesus.
Friday, October 9, 2009
If you need a reason to consider adoption, particularly to adopt older children, I submit the following two stories that are brought to you courtesy of Feromsa:
1. Out of the blue Feromsa began to discuss being at Kids Care Orphanage. In this discussion he made this comment, "In Kids Care I pray, 'Please give me nice mommy and nice daddy' and now I have nice Mommy and nice Daddy!"
2. In another discussion about being in Kids Care Feromsa offered this observation, "The big kids know that people don't want them. They want the little kids. I was scared I too big."I don't think any commentary is necessary.
Wednesday, October 7, 2009
Tuesday, October 6, 2009
Sunday, October 4, 2009
My dad's birthday is on Wednesday and we also celebrated his birthday too. I framed a picture of us and a poem that I wrote.