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Caring for an orphan is at the very heart of God. It is about being a part of his plan by being obedient to him. So with great joy we are honored to be a part of of his great plan. So please join us as our Lord and Savior leads us into the arms of our precious daughter Isabella.

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Tuesday, May 26, 2009

Who says getting old can't be fun

Grandma & Grandpa, go ahead and rock the house !

Wednesday, April 08, 2009

Sharing the Gospel

(Tina Blessitt, a freelance writer, lives with her husband and four children in Kentucky .)

Last fall my 9-year-old son, Austin, had his tonsils removed. Before the surgery, Austin 's anesthesiologist came to start an IV. He was wearing a cool surgical cap covered in colorful frogs. Austin loved that 'frog hat.' The doctor explained that he had two choices. He could either try to start the IV, or he could wait until Austin was up in the operating room. In the OR the doctor would give Austin some 'goofy' gas, and start the IV when he was more relaxed. So, Austin ,' he asked, 'which do you want?' Austin replied, 'I'll take the gas.' But when the doctor started to leave, Austin called, 'Hey, wait.' The doctor turned. Yeah, buddy, what do you need?

Do you go to church? No, the doctor admitted. 'I know I probably should, but I don't. Austin then asked, Well, are you saved? Chuckling nervously, the doctor said, 'Nope. But after talking to you, maybe it's something I should consider. Pleased with his response, Austin answered, 'Well, you should, 'cause Jesus is great!' I'm sure He is, little guy, the doctor said, and quickly made his exit.

After that a nurse took me to the waiting room. Someone would come and get me when Austin 's surgery was done. After about 45 minutes, the anesthesiologist came into the waiting room. He told me the surgery went well and then said, Mrs. Blessitt, I don't usually come down and talk to the parents after a surgery, but I just had to tell you what your son did. Oh boy, I thought. What did that little rascal do now?

The doctor explained that he'd just put the mask on Austin when my son signaled that he needed to say something. When the doctor removed the mask, Austin blurted, Wait a minute, we have to pray! The doctor told him to go ahead, and Austin prayed,

Dear Lord, please let all the doctors and nurses have a good day. And Jesus, please let the doctor with the frog hat get saved and start going to church. Amen.

The doctor admitted this touched him. I was so sure he would pray that his surgery went well, he explained. 'He didn't even mention his surgery. He prayed for me! Mrs Blessitt, I had to come down and let you know what a great little guy you have.

A few minutes later a nurse came to take me to post-op. She had a big smile on her face as we walked to the elevator. Mrs. Blessitt, I couldn't wait to tell you something exciting that your son did. With a smile, I told her that the doctor already mentioned Austin 's prayer.

But there's something you don't know, she said. Some of the other nurses and I have been witnessing to and praying for that doctor for a long time. After your son's surgery, he tracked a few of us down to tell us about Austin 's prayer. He said, 'Well girls, you got me. If that little boy could pray for me when he was about to have surgery, then I think maybe I need his Jesus too.

She then recounted how they joined the doctor as he prayed to receive Christ right there in the hospital. Wow! Austin had played a small part in something wonderful. But then, so did the nurses who prayed and witnessed.

I thought about John's words in his Gospel, One sows and the other reaps (John 4:37).

Austin's experience taught me that, although we never know which role we may be called to play, in the end it doesn't matter. What's important is that we remain faithful in sharing the gospel.

Don't tell God how big your troubles are--tell your trouble HOW BIG YOUR GOD IS!

Thursday, March 19, 2009

a message for kai from shu=shu

A message for Kai Kai

Monday, March 09, 2009

A Story From A Friend.

God's desperation

I was praying a few months back that God would begin to break my heart with what breaks His. I felt so far removed from that burden because truthfully, I was apathetic to the thoughts and ways of God. I asked Him for the ability to love the unloved, the broken, the unsuspecting, and the doubting. He pointed inward, straight at myself. Use your doubts, fears, and failures to begin to know how to love others, Liz. I had to start from the inside.

What would God love and value about me? It meant changing my belief system. It meant changing the lies and exchanging it for beautiful truth with every thought that ran through my head. Scripture tells us to take EVERY thought captive and to think on what is good, pleasing, and perfect. It is SO hard to do those things; but, I don't regret any of this time of purifying. It hurts. It aches. And it is raw and beautiful.I asked God to give me a heart from the homeless. I don't know why that word was placed so deeply ingrained within my heart but it was. I had a vision of people so broken and cast aside...of men and women whose names I do not know but their eyes questioning and pleading for Truth that saves haunts me.

I asked God for the ability to love the homeless, to remove my prejudices that lay dormant. He showed me a man in my town named Reggie with beautiful eyes that sparkle with a hope that I did not yet know. His hands are scarred. His flannel shirt is faded. His southern accent speaks music to the heart of God because he knows what it is to want, fear, and need to hide in the cleft of the rock. Jesus is HIS Rock. Reggie and I shared a meal of a peanut butter and jelly sandwich and talked about love, faith, and the fact that we're both broken. I gave Reggie what I had in my wallet, but he gave me something so much deeper and more intimate. I hugged him and felt his shoulders shake. He said, "You're just a little girl. You don't know what I've done and you don't know how long it's been since I've had a hug." Tears poured down my face when he said that. "You're just a little girl and your heart is beautiful."Gently, I put my hand on his face, and said, "Reggie, I'm the little girl that Jesus commanded to arise from that room of death. You're the man outside of the gate called Beautiful, rise up and walk, friend."

I haven't seen Reggie again after our last peanut butter and jelly meal. But he changed my heart and my life. I feel like I met an angel who dared me to wrestle with him. Not to wrestle in the physical sense, but in the cultural and emotional realms where I've been taught to avoid the eyes of those I do not know, to judge immediately, to cast blame and suspicion. I walked away with a limp. I realized my blindness. He is beautiful and so very loved.

If I do nothing significant for the rest of my life career-wise, I want to hug people.That said, on May 28th, I am moving to Denver to intern at the Denver Rescue Mission. This mission feeds, clothes, loves, and educates the people of Denver. But they also take the time to look at the hearts of those so desperately hurt and desire to see them transformed with the love and power of God. Only God can produce heart-change, not man.

Is that not just an amazing story told by a young girl just totally annointed by the Holy Spirit. I asked Liz for permission to post her story on my blog because it is so evident that she has been blessed. Thank You Jesus for allowing us to be your hands and feet.

What is Happening in Our World?

This is a great article I came across. How inspirational when you have Jesus working behind the scenes for you. "When God is with you, who can be against you"? I love that scripture.

What Is Happening in Our World?
by Barbara Rainey

Since the U.S. economy started its sharp slide last fall, I've done a lot of thinking about what this all means to me, to my family, and to our nation and world. While watching this downturn, my thoughts have gone from, "This is interesting" to "This is perplexing." If it keeps falling, the prevailing emotions could inch nearer to frightening.

For now, the word "perplexing" accurately describes my vantage point. My family has been affected in several ways. My husband, Dennis, is working harder than ever here at FamilyLife, putting in 50-hour weeks trying to find ways to cut expenses and increase revenue. I just talked to one of our sons who said they are living hand to mouth, barely making ends meet. And I know it's true. Their pantry was bare when we visited last month. Another son and our son-in-law are both doing the same, working harder than ever trying to keep their families fed and their payments made.

These are not "business as usual" days. What our country is experiencing clearly isn't a brief downturn where things will return to normal in a few months.
What complicates it even further is that the American economy is a global issue. This leads to the question, What is God up to?

While I do not have the answer, I think it's good that we ask questions like this. We who claim to belong to God must be measuring our experience against the truth. We know that God is not passive. He is not sitting idly by just watching. That is not His character. Instead, God is intricately and intimately involved in the rise and fall of nations and in the comings and goings of all people.

Yesterday in my Bible study class I heard a verse that I do not think I've ever noticed before. It was as if lights flashed around it, dramatically grabbing my attention. This one short phrase fits this season of our American life perfectly: "And He will be the stability of your times" (Isaiah 33:6). That's the bottom line. No matter what God is up to in the world today, no matter what course the current economic crisis takes, no matter what the political leaders in Washington do, God is the stability of our times.

It reminds me of the first line of an old hymn: "My hope is built on nothing less than Jesus' blood and righteousness." Our hope cannot be in money, a job, our house, our friends or family, and certainly our hope cannot be in Washington, D.C. All of those will disappoint.

Our hope must be in Christ alone for only there will we find true stability as individuals, in our marriages and in our families. In Christ alone, and in the power of His Word, we can find the strength we need to face the challenges of today.

I remain perplexed at our current state. And at the same time I am cautiously optimistic and even hesitantly excited at what God might be doing. Could this be part of the end times? It's possible. Will our businesses and families be better for this pruning and winnowing work of God? If we cooperate with Him in this there is no question we will be better for having been pruned.
Paul writes in 2 Corinthians 4:8 that he was "perplexed, but not despairing" when he was in the midst of trials and troubles. I have found great comfort in recent seasons of suffering in that short phrase. It is okay to be confused, baffled, and even mystified at the circumstances of my life. I can be perplexed and still be found having faith. Only when I move to despair, which means hopelessness, am I not living in faith.

We cannot know what tomorrow will bring but we know the One who will bring it. And that alone can keep us from despair as He brings stability to our times.

Friday, February 13, 2009

An Internation Abduction

This is a story about a mother who took her son to Brazil supposedly on vacation for two weeks and never returned home to her husband. It turned out to be an International abduction. The father of this 4-year old has not seen his son in four years. The little boy is now eight years old and with the help of the secretary of state and congress, they were able to re-unite this father with his son.

In watching the video and reading this story, I can't help but think of the love that God the father has for his son Jesus.

Click hear to follow the story and see the video.

Monday, January 26, 2009

Out of sight - out of mind

What is this country becoming when we are allowing for man to KILL GOD'S CHILDREN. Below is a very graphic and violent video of Abortion.

I post this on my blog so when you come across someone that says they are pro-choice, then may your heart be filled with enough passion to speak for the unborn, especially after watching a video like this.


Thursday, January 22, 2009

He Set the Course for Victory

Today's Scripture

"He holds victory in store for the upright, He is a shield to those whose walk is blameless, for He guards the course of the just and protects the way of His faithful ones" (Proverbs 2:7-8, NIV).

Today's Word

Are you facing a challenge or difficulty that seems overwhelming? When you stand strong and remain faithful to God, He promises to set your course for victory! And victory doesn´t necessarily mean everything is going to go our way all the time or work out the way we planned.The Bible says that the real battle we face isn´t in our circumstances, it´s in our minds. The enemy is after your thoughts. He´s after your peace and joy. He knows that when you have peace, it´s a sign that you are connected to the Father. When you hold on to your peace and choose to be joyful, you are walking in victory, and it´s just a matter of time before your circumstances line up!Remember, God knew every person who would wrong you, and He´s already laid out your vindication. God knew every disappointment, and He´s already laid out new opportunities. God knew everything that would be stolen, and He has already laid out your restoration. Rejoice today knowing that He has set your course for victory in every area of your life!

A Prayer for Today

Father in heaven, thank You for the victory You have in store for me. I choose to be faithful; I choose to walk humbly before You. I stand in faith knowing You are working all things together for my good because You love me. In Jesus´ Name. Amen.