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Tuesday, December 18, 2007

Big Brother Gives In To Little Sister !!!



My Jesus Calling (by Sarah Young) today talks about in the midst of a problem that is important to not always work furiously at trying to get out of it, but use the situation as a tutor and learning possibilities are limitless at growing your faith. Once you are thankful for the situation it loses its power over you. By no means am I say my situation is a problem, but as I read the devo it spoke to me in a different way. So many people ask how things are going and I always respond, "There are good days and bad days, but I think Maggie is doing great." Most people always respond kindly ... such as "This will pass, Just give her time, or One day you will forget this difficult time." But after reading today's devo, I want to embrace the day whatever it may be, I want to never forget my sweet daughter's cries of confusion and sadness, I want to teach my kids something about the Lord as we tackle the day together, and I don't want to focus on the future when we are not promised a tomorrow ...

I know I have said this a lot, but your sweet words are overwhelming and the love does not go unused ... I have to desperately move the thought out of my head that I need to give back to you, to respond to all the amazing comments, or to make you feel as full as you make my spirit feel each day ... This is my SEASON to need others and I APPRECIATE you!!!!

27 kind words.:

Katie Jo said...

We hope you all have a very special Christmas. In the new year Sophie and I would love to stop by and play.

I loved your comment and totally agree. I think I would like to pick up the devotional you have mentioned.

Jodee Leader said...

I love this post. My family very much lives for the day too. I am so glad to hear Maggie is doing great!

mommy24treasures said...

love the picture what a sweet brother.

Cherish every moment...
love
Connie

Anonymous said...

You will probably never know what a true blessing and encouragement your family is being in many others lives, too:)

Praying that your family is wrapped in our Father's Love this Christmas....sweet Maggie's first Christmas, praising God for moving much to have you be all together for His Son's Birth!!!!

Diane

emily said...

Loved reading this morning as well, and knowing that my dear sisters were reading the same thing!

Love you!

Brenda said...

Gwen...well said :) That's a part of life isn't it...the good, confusing, unknown..looking forward to tomorrow and not forgetting :) WOW...pretty powerful what you shared :) We all live it in different areas of our lives...Thank you for inspiring that into my thought process.....BTW...note the date and note the shorts LOL...and I live in San Diego...brrrr

Kelly said...

Way to go Jeremiah--takin' one for the team :0)

Thank you for sharing all you do. You provoke so many thoughts.

Love you, and always praying for you.

nicole said...

hi gwen,

do not worry about giving back!! you already give the world the greatest gift by being a living witness of God's love through the love you pour out into your children. it is a gift to help pray you through your days as you show the love of Christ to those God has given to you.

we will have all of eternity to share in the perfect love of God!! in the meantime, know that we are all united in the body of Christ.

with love,
your friend
nicole

keelstar said...

I started following your blog when you were in China bringing Maggie home! I continue to read your blog and wanted to let you know what a blessing you are to all of us out in blogland! You are a true testament to the love of Jesus and I am praying for your family! Blessings, Keely

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

I LOVE the picture... Maggie's face is priceless.. she is looking at her brother with such love...
Great post... you ARE an amazing lady... you have given us hope in need of our adoptions and helped us in ways you would never know... I am soo glad to have met you this year...
Have a WONDERFUL Christmas... I know you will with those adorable children...
Hugs to you girly..

Leigh Ann said...

Tell Jeremiah we are very proud of him! Of all of you - Love you.

Kim Kenward said...

What a precious picture. Have a blessed Christmas with all your special kiddos.

Love,
Kim K.

Jewels of My Heart said...

Oh, Gwen, if you only knew.... Yes, you are correct, you do not need to give back to us.... but oh, how you do. With each post as you share your beautiful family, your faith, the faithfulness of Jesus and your sweet, strong, precious spirit you minister to each and every one who visits. As we lift up your precious daughter Maggie and her family in prayer we are blessed... as we see our prayers honored and answered by the Father who loves us unconditionally we are blessed... you just can't help it... you are a blessing to us. If there is anything I can ever do please know that I am here. And thank you for letting me share in this most beautiful journey of love, hope and healing in your precious Maggie's life. She has stolen my heart and I am thankful for I will never be the same....
Maggie's package is in the mail. I sent it out today. Hopefully 2-3 days. Please let me know what you and your beautiful princess thinks...
Merry Christmas dear friend.
May God's blessings continue to rain down upon you.
Love, Daleea

nikki said...

The picture is wonderful...warms my heart.
Here's to embracing EVERY moment of every day - whatever it may bring!
Love you...I am going out tomorrow to get that Devotional!

redmaryjanes said...

Do you not understand that you are giving back by being such an incredible example. I am in awe of you Gwen. I come here everyday hoping for some new light to shine on me and challenge me. I want to tell you that Maggie's adoption has changed me as a woman, I am a better person and I will be a better mother to my daughter when she comes by knowing you. So, thank you for challenging me in so many ways and helping me to grow and showing me what real courage is.

KKamholz said...

You really do give back, Gwen. You open your family to all of us in Bloggerland and share you thoughts and feelings. I can't think of a better way to give back. Don't worry about not responding on our blogs; it's not necessary. We're just glad to hear about you and your family. All of us love you and your family.

May you have a blessed Christmas and a safe and joyous New Year's.

Anna said...

It may seem that you are receiving the blessings of others, but really you are just giving out more than you will ever know...you and ur family have not only been a blessing to many, but a gift to many during this Christmas season.

During this time of year many people get presents that they think are the best ever, but just to let you know you got the greatest gift of all...Maggie...

love lots,
anna

Steffie B. said...

Oh Gwen.....I can't even tell you what an inspiration you are to us all. This journey has been amazing to be a part of.

I'm going to get the Devo on Friday. Would love to start it with you and "the girls" after the holidays!

Hugs,
S*

Kimber said...

You lead us by your example.

Kim

The Shocks said...

I love the picture. Big brother Jeremiah. We are looking forward to seeing you all tomorrow.

Chris & Lindsey Wheeler said...

Gwen,

You are incredible...you are such an example to me!! I want to be just like you and Suzanne. I am praying!! Thank you so much for praying for us too. Praying for your sweet family.

Love you,
Lindsey

anna bliss said...

i can't even believe the amazing work that God has been doing thru and with your family. its soooo amazing just to sit and read about. i makes me so happy. your attitude thru everything is so uplifting and encouraging. i love you guys!

Steffie B. said...

Have a wonderful Christmas....you know the Tribe loves you...can't wait to start our devo together and with "the girls"! ;)
XOXO.....
S*

Jewels of My Heart said...

Hi Gwen, I had hoped Maggie's package would have arrived by now... Hopefully soon.
Just wanted to tell you and your beautiful family Merry Christmas... I am so happy that Maggie is home with her family. May your day be filled with love, laughter, and the joy of Christ Jesus.
God Bless You

Fliss and Mike Adventures said...

How cute that picture is...

Isabella's Mommy & Daddy said...

Merry Christmas girly...
Miss you..
Know your day was AMAZING..
BIG HUGS to you...

Kim said...

Are you keeping a journal? If not, you might want to start one. It will be a blessing for Maggie when she gets older to see where she came from and where she is today. Who knows, maybe you might write a book about your journeys that your family has been on. =] It would definitely be a blessing and encouragement for others to read. =]
Continually praying,
Kim