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Looking In A Mirror

One last look before we head out the door to make sure our hair is in the right place and a smile to double check that the lipstick is only decorating our lips. Looking in the mirror is ALWAYS revealing. In it we see a reflection...sometimes revealing beauty, other times flaws. fatherson

Our children are mirrors, as well! They reflect our mannerisms, our sayings and even our hearts. As I watch my children and see myself staring back at me, I stop and take notice.

Join me at  I Take Joy  to see why I take notice of what  my "little mirrors" reflect.

Katie

 

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Busy-ness...the Great Thief

outoforder momYearbook picture order. Clean the school room. Get a list to my sister. Reply to emails and texts that are waiting. Grocery shopping. Make a menu for the week. Do the laundry

...And that is only PART of my list today. It is the physical list I have running through my head as I am trying ever so hard to hear from my Lord. Sometimes the list too loud and drowns out His still quiet voice. My list is a Great Thief longing to steal what God has for me. I press in.

He whispers to me to "BE STILL"

I long to obey. To quiet the list. To ignore the pile...just for a little while. Just for a moment.

How can I accomplish all that needs to be accomplished today if I don't FIRST look into His face, see where He is working and join Him there? Simple...I can't.

When I intentionally quiet the distractions around me and focus on the still quiet voice that is speaking to my heart, I realize what is important. It's a perspective thing. The Lord constantly reminds me that His presence is far more important that the "to-do" list. Not only that, but spending time with my Savior changes my lists and makes them possible. You see, through Him I can do ALL things...but that ALL things is according to HIS Will.

So, this morning, I regroup. I sip my coffee and bathe in the TRUTH that HIS to-do list will be accomplished in my life. I intentionally lay my list before Him and ask, "What would you ask of me today?"

AND then I listen and Adjust.

Are you overwhelmed with your to-do list, or are you overwhelmed in the presence of your Friend and Savior? When we stay overwhelmed in His presence...He works through us to accomplish His will. He gives us Joy to endure and Strength to accomplish all He has already ordained our day to look like.

Katie

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Adoption...It's Your Story, Too

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Adoption is something I have held in my heart even before our youngest was born. My husband…well he always loved our family as it is…until one day the Lord dropped in his heart to pursue adopting two sweet girls that were already a part of our lives.

It was that sudden and that clear.

So the process began and ended in the span of a week. All the ‘t’s were crossed and ‘I’s dotted on our paperwork, home study complete, safety regulations met and finger prints taken. All we needed was the judge’s ruling, which had been delayed. From a full on sprint toward adoption to a left hand turn in the road…God was clear in his instructions.

His words were take the next steps toward adoption. Now STOP. I have another family for these little ones.

Even though I know we were in His will the whole way, we can’t explain the outcome. Through the process the Lord grew us as He opened my husband’s heart to adoption like it has never been before. Maybe this is the reason for the roller coaster…I’ll never be quite sure.

One thing I do know is that every single day I am reminded. I have all sorts of child safety gadgets in my home and every time I open a drawer I am reminded of what we were preparing for…what we ARE prepared for. And then, the Lord softly reminds me that I am HIS. That He adopted me into HIS marvelous family and made me heirs with Christ.

That, my friend, is sobering and oh, so much more real to me because of the journey we have traveled.

For ye received not the spirit of bondage again unto fear; but ye received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; Romans 8:15-17a

One of the reasons my husband was so hesitant in the past to adopt was because he really felt he might not be able to love adopted children as he loves his own. He knows now, he can.

Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value then they? Matthew 6:26

The Father loves us SO much that He gave His one and ONLY son to pay the price for our sins. He then brought us into his family and loves us…just as HIS OWN. Praise the Lord! What a beautiful picture of adoption.

So we also, when we were children, were held in bondage under the rudiments of the world: but when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, that he might redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father. So that thou art no longer a bond-servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God. Galatians 4:3-7

I am so grateful to more fully understand the depth of Jesus’s sacrifice. Not only did His life pay the price for my sin…it also gave me a Heavenly Father that loves me beyond my comprehension.

The sweet little one were given their “Forever Families” yesterday. I know that God’s hand has been on them greatly as He has been preparing their new family to receive them with arms wide open…just as Jesus did for us on the cross.

If you are a believer in Christ, you are a CHILD of the Living and True God. You have been purchased with a price and nothing can separate you from His love.

Now breathe that in…

it’s beautiful, isn’t it!

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He Wants to Do WHAT When He Grows Up?

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When we were children we dreamed big! We pretended to cure disease, save people from burning buildings, become President of the United States, heal the sick in Africa and preach to the multitude God's great love. We believed that justice prevailed and Good ALWAYS won. We dressed up to help that dream seem more like a reality. We acted out the mighty tasks at hand with zeal and valor. We were unstoppable. We were pure-hearted.  We truly believed we were having an Impact on those around us. We could see it in our mind's eye..and of course in the mirror as we donned the clothes of our pretend adventure.

So what happened???? When did we stop believing that ONE person can change the world?

So many Christians are snickered into believing that we are too insignificant to make an Impact on the world around us. I am here to tell you that, my dear friend, is a Lie with a capital L!

Satan comes only to kill, still and destroy. John 10:10

If we are fooled into believing that only a select few are "worthy" enough, or prayed up enough, or charismatic enough to make an Impact and cause a stir, then chances are...we will choose not to move and Satan's LIES win. We will choose to sit on the sidelines. We will choose to be unavailable to the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords because of what we have chosen to believe as truth...is actually a Lie that will kill, steal and destroy God's plan for our lives.

So...what difference can ONE person make?

I recently read through the book of Daniel and two truths blared out from the pages. ONE: Daniel was only ONE man, and TWO: God gave him all he needed to Impact a Nation. If you haven't read Daniel in its entirety...go grab a Bible and read it. The book of Daniel is filled with so many familiar Bible stories we are taught as children. Shadrach, Meshach and Abednego in the fiery furnace, Daniel in the Lions den, the writing on the wall and there are many more.

So what made Daniel so special? Why could a humble man, who is a prisoner in a foreign country, change the heart of the King and in turn the course of a Nation?

He loved the Lord God with all his heart and soul and mind.  He stepped out in humble faith when he was called upon. His motives were pure. He knew that he knew that there was NO other true God than the God of the Israelites.

As a parent, we want the BEST for our children. We want them to be successful. To have all the things we don't. We want them to live life as an adult fully.  Are those hopes wrong? Only if they persuade our children to move in a direction contrary to where the  Lord is leading them.

It is our privileged and our job, as parents, to raise our children, to guide them and to lead them. I challenge you to pray and seek the Lord concerning your children and their future. Ask Him to guide you as you guide your children. Ask the Lord to reveal the course He has for your child and to help you prepare them to walk it. We should never be the parents that are being used as pawns by the enemy to kill their dreams when their dreams are actually callings from the Most High God.

One of my favorite scriptures is

I have no greater joy to see that my children walk in Truth. 3 John 1:4

Truth...not the lies of society that say you need x-amount per year to be successful. Truth...walking in the calling on their lives. Truth...walking in Peace and assurity that they are exactly where God wants them, no matter what that looks like in comparison to others.

Daniel was right where the Lord wanted him...a prisoner, a foreigner, a mighty man of God that moved a nation! I pray my children will be right in the center of His will for their lives, walking in Faith every step of the way, as the Peace of God guards their heart and soul and mind in Christ Jesus. I pray that no matter what they are called to be or do for the Lord that I am will be used of God to spur them on to walk in the fullness of God's calling on their lives.

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