This blog is a chance for us to tell our story and shine the light on the God who wrote it.

It is also a place for me to bring into the spotlight the millions of orphans around the world who are waiting for the Body of Christ to fulfill God's command to "care for orphans and widows in their distress" (James 1:27)

Soli deo Gloria... (All Glory to God Alone).

12.17.2011

Advent


“Advent is about awakening again to the inner miracle: God with us. “
(Ann Voskamp)




So thankful that Mei is with us. Just with us. And my heart dances with wonder and joy as I recognize His grace that she would come now. Right now in this season of Advent with our hearts all slowed down and waiting and remembering the Gift. “Emmanuel”- God with us. Mei has always been a gift- that gift of 'chara' joy she's brought to our family as we've learned to trust Jesus to bring this all to fruition.

And here as we walk out this miracle of adoption, we are awakened again to the nearness of God. Somehow... now two adoptions later it is still a mystery to me... Somehow God takes what was broken and bereft of hope and breathes new life into it. He takes a child- alone and sick and scared- and a family on the other side of the planet who knows that they are not yet complete... and makes a new family. He redeems that which seems lost. Because that is what He does. And it is all just grace that we get to be a part.


Jesus, awaken my heart to see you this season. Amidst all the things that we have made Christmas to be- all the “magic” we must create to bring "joy" to the season... As if you were not enough.
O Lord, let me not be blind to the miracle... Love come down.
You came. You came into our mess, our brokenness. You came!
Jesus, I just want you to know that is enough for me. You are enough. Always enough.




All the longing
All the waiting
And now- here she is
The gift... the child


In all our longing
And all our waiting
May we never miss
The Gift... the Child

3 comments:

  1. CONGRATULATIONS on your newest addition. She is precious!
    I love this advent post and wondered if you'd be willing to let us feature it on We Are Grafted In (WAGI). I know you've contributed in the past, so we already have your bio and pic (unless you'd like to update them). So, I'd just need your permission. Just let me know!
    Enjoy the rest of your trip!
    Stephanie smurphy 28 @ juno . com
    co-administrator of WAGT

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  2. Your words make my heart smile. "He takes a child- alone and sick and scared- and a family on the other side of the planet who knows that they are not yet complete... and makes a new family. He redeems that which seems lost. Because that is what He does. And it is all just grace that we get to be a part."

    Wow - I'm just speechless.

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  3. kindra-
    funny thing is that those words seem so inadequate for what God does... who He is. it is so frustrating sometimes to want so much to put into words what He has done for us so all the world will know that He still redeems, still works miracles... but the words, well, they always come up short.
    i guess, in the end, my response is the same as yours- to 'stand in awe of God'. i suppose we should so often be 'speechless' when we consider Him.
    "... many words are meaningless. therefore, stand in awe of God." Ecc. 5:7

    love you guys and thankful for your encouragement and all that helped us get to this place!
    h

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