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Monday, May 7, 2012

DON'T MISS IT ...

Summer is just around the corner ... I wish I could blog all the cool things God is telling me and teaching me, but the time it takes to SIT AT MY COMPUTER when there is no one hanging on me or needing help w/ homework or wanting food or needing a booboo kissed or in need of a bath or desperate for me to watch them do a flip in the pool / ride their bike in a circle or  !!!!! the list goes on ...

I think there is one big lesson that HE keeps telling me and it is -  DON'T MISS IT ... Don't miss the basketball games Jeremiah / Elijah play, Don't miss the pretend SHOWS the girls work hours on in the front yard, Don't miss the million times a day that Joseph stops me to show me how to shoot a PRETEND free-throw, Don't miss my husband preach, Don't miss Kevin's choir show, Don't miss when someone asks me to pray for them or they say they will pray for me, Don't miss that ever so SMALL yet HUGE change in my child's personality or behavior ... Don't MISS ANY OF IT ... There are so many things on our list that can wait ... Some weeks the house doesn't get clean or the laundry folded ... There are times when I have to say NO I can't have lunch and talk adoption because the MOST ENTRUSTED possessions that God has given me is my children and I must be present ...

I laugh when someone says you gotta blog more or 147 needs this or that... because honestly, I AM GIVING ABSOLUTELY EVERYTHING I HAVE RIGHT NOW AWAY ... If 147 isn't growing as fast (as the professional business man thinks it should )---... then so be it !!! I have huge responsibility in my home ... Minds and hearts to shape for the LORD ... THEY NEED ME ... Don't worry because I am always gonna advocate for the orphans and I really feel one day that 147 WILL BE HUGE IN THIS COUNTRY, but it will be because Suzanne and I (along w/ sweet Michelle and Jan) have prioritized our lives according to the Lord and not a 5 year or 10 year business plan ... GOD PROMISED ME TODAY and I am going to live in it and do the best I can because I DON'T WANT TO MISS IT thinking to far in the future ...

I adore the vision God has given us for 147 Million Orphans and 147 Million Orphans Foundation (we are currently working on a really cool event), but it all takes time and for us it usually takes extra time as we juggle it w/ doctors, therapies, basketball, church, swimming, snuggle time and lots of homework ... You should see us on work days at my kitchen table - laughing, crying, haggling out issues, sometimes arguing, praying and so much more to make decisions that help make 147 WHAT IT IS ... Summer is almost here and we will be busier than ever just being PRESENT w/ our kids and A SUPER COOL TRIP TO HAITI !!! I AM EXCITED ...

God has big plans and those are the most important  !!!










DON'T MISS BEING PRESENT IN THE LIFE GOD HAS FOR YOU !!! 












12 kind words.:

We Are Family said...

I'm with you! We are blessed! I'm not gonna miss it either :)

mrs.stinnett said...

That just rocks!!!! You go girl being obediant and walking in where He has commanded you to go!!!

mrs.stinnett said...

That just Rocks!!! You go girl walk in obediance to where he tells you to go!!!

"Are These Kids All Yours?" said...

GWEN- AMEN AND AMEN!!!!!!!! Totally behind you and want to tell you - GOD owns the ministry and your family- It is HIS JOB to deal with stuff. You just need to be present...as you have already heard HIM say :) !!!!!

Susan said...

What a beautifully written post, full of truth! Your priorities are right where they should be...and our great God will build 147 Million Orphans in His perfect time! :)

Have a blessed day!
Susan

Kim said...

Amen!

Kim Shafer said...

Thanks for the reminder. It is so easy to get bogged down with doctors, therapists,life and survival. It is so important to be present NOW for our kids. I needed to hear this today.

amy said...

I so completely resonate with this post. Family is our #1 ministry...while your ministry to orphans is an amazing one doing wonderful things, you still have to not miss out on what God's blessed you with here at home. Way to go. I commend you!

lisa kindred said...

hey girl... could not agree with you more. Life is short and we only have one life with them...... So proud of the stand you are making for your priority. So many good things to be involved in but our highest calling is Christ and our family. Love and miss you. We need to catch up. Love you all!!!! LIsa

Kara Blankenship said...

Thanks for sharing. I have been struggling with this lately in my own life and it is such an encouragement to read your post.

Leggio said...

Love it!!!!!!!! God has seasons fo us all and our kiddos are a Big Season for us as mothers. they are our built in disciples. Thank you for being so honest and sharing and speaking truth. It is a good reminder to us all when we get caught up in things. Blessings Would love to know more of your story and how god called you to adopt again and again. We just got home in March with our daughter from China. :)I already want to adopt again. :)

Mama D’s Dozen said...

LOVE it!

I have preached this for years ...

I LOVE ministry and missions, I have a PASSION to help others, BUT my most important ministry has always been, and will always be, to my FAMILY.

My husband has been unemployed for much of the past 18 months. People ask why I don't go get a job. Jobs have literally been thrown at me (jobs I would LOVE to do ... like a full-time adoption coordinator for Ghana and Ethiopia). But, after much prayer and seeking the LORD, He said, "No. Your place is at HOME. I will continue to provide for you."

147 will grow as the Lord desires it to. YOU don't have to DO it all. You must just take each little step that He calls you to, and then step back and watch HIM work.

I love to read your blog, and miss you when you are "gone", but I wish you the BEST ever summer, whether we all hear from you or not.

Hugs!

Laurel :)