If you make $50,000 a year, you are more financially "rich" than 99% of the world?
I have been reading a book that our church read recently called "The Hole in our Gospel" by Rich Stearns, who is the president of World Vision.
We have been sponsoring a child from Sri Lanka through World Vision for many years. She was 3 when we started, and she is now about 14. It has been fun to see her grow up.
This book is a must read for every christian. For me, it was so exciting to see our church go through this book. For some others, they had issues. I have been processing this for weeks now. I will talk more about this later, but for now I am still trying to sort out the way I feel about those that had issues about this. I know all christians are on different levels with their faith. I know some people grow at a faster pace than others, and others fall into a slower pace of spiritual growth, however, I don't believe it is right to stay there, but to look to scripture as a way to guide each aspect of our lives. If we don't like something the Bible says, or something a book says that comes from scripture, we need to ask ourselves why, and find out what is blocking us from the fullness of God's will in our lives, and ask how we can surrender to it.
I want more of God each day. Life is not easy. with God, life is so incredibly exciting, and He gives me hope and help in times that I need it. I would be lost without Him.
What is it that God is asking of me now? I pondered this the other day. There is so much more I could and should be doing. I have more financially than 99% of the world. That is heavy, and to whom much is given, much is expected. That would mean most of us. I look at my foster babies, and although I do look at it as a ministry, and a way to follow God's mandate to care for orphans in this country, I have been exceedingly and abundantly blessed through it. I've been to russia on a mission. I've adopted an orphan there. The thousands of orphans there still haunt me. I've been to China, I've adopted an orphan there, and my heart aches for every one left behind in both of these countries. Orphan care is something all christians should be a part of, so why are they ignoring them? If you have touched them, and have seen the emptiness and extreme sadness in their eyes, as I have, you could not turn away. I want to embrace them all, but I am only one. I know there is more I need to do...I will be on my knees, praying, fasting and asking the Lord what that is.
We are a christian adoptive family! God has pieced together our family in a way that is more beautiful than anything I could have imagined! We have adopted internationally, as well as through the US foster care system, but most importantly we have all been adopted by God! Ephesians 1:5 says "God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ".
We live on a small hobby farm, and homeschool our six children. Life is full!
My first miracle born in 2001. After giving birth to her, I realized that being a mother was the best job out there, and children are a miracle and precious gift from God. She is a true country girl at heart. Horses are her passion. She is an amazing big sister to her 5 little siblings!
Adopted from China in 2007.
Her sweet spirit fills our home with beauty and love. She is our little dancer, and introduced me to the world of recitals, dance practices, tutu's and ballet! Most of all, her love for Jesus shines bright, and even at her young age, she has a passion for orphan care and missions. These are subjects she talks and prays about on a daily basis! Can't wait to see where the Lord takes this girl!
Adopted from U.S. foster care, July 2013.
God's surprises never cease to amaze me. He is Laney's full sibling who came to live with us in Nov. 2011. Our son since the day he arrived. This is the sweetest boy you will ever meet.
Adopted from U.S. foster care November 2011.
Words cannot describe the joy this precious pumpkin brings to our lives! Another sweet miracle fromt the Lord. She was our first foster baby, arriving at the age of 7 weeks. We were blessed to adopt her in November of 2011. She refers to herself as a princess, and is also a lover of kittens, books, and dancing. I guess many more dance practices and recitals are in our future, lol!
Adopted from U.S. foster care, July 2013.
She was our second foster child who came home from the hospital at one week old. She livens up our days with her endless energy and strong will! It has been such a joy to see her and Austin have the chance to be together as brother and sister, and they definately have a bond that makes my heart smile!
Adopted from U.S. foster care July 2013. What a surprise it was to see that the little boy I pictured in my mind, who only the Lord would know, was actually in need of a forever family! Another miraculous gift from the Lord. He arrived at 4 mos. of age in Oct. 2011. Cute as can be with a contagious laugh and smile.