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Monday, May 17, 2010

Remembering Back ...


I will never forget the day I walked into a government building in Changsha, China to see a room of 11 baby girls ... My eyes were instantly drawn to my sweet Emily ... I had fallen in love w/ her before I had ever even met her, but that day I feel deeply in love with my Heavenly Father ... I saw Him for the first time in a real tangible way ... I am telling any of you out there if you HAVE EVER felt adoption on your heart DON'T wait ... There are 147 Million Orphans waiting for you to decided to come love them, give them a home, and make them part of a family ... They want to belong !!! DON'T WE ALL  ... What is worth more than a life ??? A college fund ??? A second home ??? Going out to eat twice a week ??? A new car ???  Not wanting to have another responsibility ??? Desiring to retire ???  What ???

I can honestly tell you that nothing has more value here on earth than to give a child a home and give God the honor and glory of serving His kingdom !!!

After all IT IS ALL ABOUT HIM !!! 

13 kind words.:

Lynn said...

Thank you Gwen for this post. We are struggling with how we can afford another adoption. Thanks for the reminder:)

xoxo,

Lynn

Andrea said...

I would give my right arm to adopt again, but hubby isn't ready.
So I continue praying for those that still need homes and try to get the word out for others.
While fevently praying for hubby's heart to soften. :o)
Thank you for posting this.
Blessings
Andrea

Goodness and Mercy Mom said...

Amen!

Oh, what sweet first photos with Emily! I hope that soon you'll be on your way to bring Joseph and Daisy home.

Much Love,
Kathie

emily said...

Great post girl! Sweet Em, she was so little..and beautiful.

KT said...

oh gwen, I don't think I have seen these pics or at least not in a while.
just seeing her eyes...
love you Emily. You make me smile .

JoeyandStacia2010 said...

Thanks Gwen
I struggle with that. I really struggle with fear. At times, my life is characterized by fear, and I don't want that to be true of me. God doesn't desire that for me either. he enemy is doing a really good job of putting that front and center in my mind. Making me question our sanity. Making me question my God.

His laugh is almost audible. Where is the money going to come from? The father of lies mocks. What are people saying? How dare you ask for people to gift you with money. This is your decision - you need to back it up. He sneers. How will you bring up a black child in a small white community? Everyone is laughing at you guys. Your decisions look foolish to others. Even those you love don't understand why you are doing this. This will never work. What if this child you adopt grows up wishing he or she were never a part of your family? What if Gianna grow up resenting this child? He jeers. You will never measure up as a mom.

My emotions were all over the place late this morning. I am not sure what set me off. It doesn't really matter, I suppose. The whisperings were almost more than I could take. Where was that Voice of Truth? All I could taste was fear. I ried out to God while clinging to my Bible, sobbing and shaking with the turmoil of fear raging in my mind. I poured through my Bible desperate to read everything I could about overcoming fear. I copied verse after verse into my journal and prayed through the verses I found. The one that I am clinging to the most still now as I sit here, a bit calmer, with a gentler beating heart and my mug of strawberry tea is Romans 8:15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as [children], by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

Carla said...

AMEN!!! Been there 6 times already!!

Mom23Boys said...

You are so lucky to have a husband that agrees with the points you made here! I strongly feel God calling me to adopt, but sadly, my husband is completely focused on the financial burden it would place on our family. I completely agree with you that a LIFE is more important!! I only wish that my husband felt the same...it is heartbreaking for me!

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

YES & AMEN!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Worth ANYTHING we have ever "thought" we were giving up. Blessings beyond our wildest imagination! AMAZING STORIES OF HIS FAITHFULNESS! My heart overflows!!!

*Given Much Mom* said...

Amen times infinity!!! Been there 5 times now... blessed beyond measure!

Roger Bachman said...

Hello Gwen,

Pray for me on this. I am asking the Lord if He is calling me to adopt. I have a special love for the Chinese, but I don't know if now is the best time with me being single. I also don't know if I will ever be married, so I NEED to hear from our heavenly Father if this is what He is asking of me. Much appreciated. In Him, Roger

Kristi J said...

awesome...amen...loved it and can't wait to start again :) kj

Jewels of My Heart said...

Love these pictures of mother and daughter.... we are oh, so blessed...
I couldn't agree more with your words.....
God's speed to the little ones who have been orphaned... to the little ones whose hearts cry out for their mommies....
Praying for your little ones to come home soon and for your precious Maggie tomorrow.