Daily Verse

"How can a young man keep his way pure? By guarding it according to your word. With my whole heart I seek you; let me not wander from you commandments! I have stored up your word in my heart, that I might not sin against you." Psalm 119:9-11

Why do we try to conform God to our will? Live in His word and know true joy.

"Make me to know your ways, O LORD, teach me your paths. Lead me in your truth and teach me, for you are the God of my salvation; for you I wait all the day long. Remember your mercy, O LORD, and your steadfast love, for they have been from of old."
Psalm 25:4-6

God reveals the truth of our time and all time to us through Scripture.

"The law of the LORD is perfect, reviving the soul; the tstimony of the LORD is sure, making wise the simple: the precepts of the LORD are right, rejoicing the heart; the commandment of the LORD is pure, enlightening the eyes; the fear of the LORD is clean, enduring forever; the rules of the LORD are true, and righteous altogether. More to be desired are they than gold, even much fine gold; sweeter also than honey and drippings of the honeycomb."
Psalm 19:7-10

All the laws in all the books in all the libraries of the world are but a footnote to the law of God.

"Trust in the LORD with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways ackowledge him, and he will make straight your paths."
Proverbs 3:5-6

To know and understand God comes not through our intellect, but through the wisdom given to us by the grace of God.

"My son, do not forget my teaching, but let your heart keep my commandments, for length of days and years of life and peace they will add to you. Let not steadfast love and faithfulness forsake you; bind them around your neck; write them on the tablet of your heart."
Proverbs 3:1-3

Don't measure success by society's standards. Use Christ as your measuring stick.

"The the LORD answered Job our of the whirlwind and said: 'Where were you when I laid the foundation of the earth? Tell me, if you have understanding, Who determined its measurements - surely you know! Or who stretched the line upon it? Or who laid its cornerstond...?'"
Job 38:1, 4-6

When we measure God by our limited standards, we attempt to measure the elephant by weighing one strand of its hair.

"Philip said to him, 'Lord, show us the Father, and it is enough for us.' Jesus said to him, 'Have I been with you so lon, and you still do not know me, Philip? Whoever has seen me has seen the Father. How can you say, Show us the Father?'"
John 14:8-9

Christ is God made flesh. If you want to know God, you must draw closer to Jesus.








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Tuesday, March 30, 2010

A Special Day...

March 30th 2007 will always be a very special day, one we celebrate yearly around our is the day our first adoption was finalized!  Our Princess became ours, "as if she was naturally birthed to you" I believe the His Honor said!  It was an amazing day!  Just six short months after she quickly entered into our lives she was ours and no one could ever change that.

I have been throwing around in my head over the last 48 hours what today's post would one point I even considered not posting today, but that just wouldn't be right.  So many things have changed since that day...while she has been a spunky little one since the very beginning one could never know just who she would become.  As best as you can tell in her 3 1/2 years of life it seems she is going to be a natural Mommy, she is caring and sweet to the little ones.  She is going to be like me in some ways, not let any one push her around and stand her ground when she believes in something (not a bad trait to have.)  But the Mothering is what catches my eyes and is on my mind much of the time right now...she is smart, and she pays attention to every little detail of interaction between people.  She is tender.  If you watch her for even a little while she will be around any baby in the room and if there isn't a real baby to be talking to and making sure they are well cared for she is finding something to be her baby.  I have seen stuffed rabbits, to rubber ducks, to her dolls and ever her brother once in a while that are her 'babies.'  Just last week she told me that when she is 4 she will get her ears pierced, when she is sixteen she will get more (I have my ears  pierced 3 times in one ear and twice in the other), when she is 19 she will find her husband and she will have a white and purple wedding, then they will have 7 kids...some will grow in her tummy and some will grow in her heart, just like she did in mine!  What three year old plans her life like that, and those that do, how many of them have such thought into it!  Her care amazes me, there is a girl at church that can often be seen by herself and while our church is meeting in a school and we do not allow our children to run around and play (they must stay by us or by one of the few other 'okay' adults) she always asks me if I think so and so is okay.  The other day her and BooBear were watching a video, about 45 minutes of it anyway, and the entire time she stood holding this stuffed rabbit bouncing with it and saying the Mommy "shhhhhshhhhhshhh" while patting it's bottom and occassionally throwing in a "it's gonna be alright, Babe!"  I only wish she was as careing and thoughtful with EVERYTHING in life, but hey...she is only 3 1/2 and she is already boy crazy!

Anyway, I say all that to bring us to this: About a year ago she began asking if she would have any more brothers or a sister and so my Handsome and I decided to choose a boy name and a girl name and then we could pray each day for the children by name and so our Princess and BooBear could see Gods hand in answering those prayers one day.  So on Valentines day we agreed on two names boy (O.O.H) and girl (E.D.H) and we have been praying for them since.  They are talked about as if they are real people that exsist somewhere in the world (maybe the do already?) and we already have a pair of green Johnny Deere boots for O and an adorable Gym.boree polk-a-dotted raincoat with matching sunglasses for E.  I also carry in my purse a baggie with one of BooBears baby socks and one of the Princess' baby socks to remind myself to pray for O & E to come home one day!  Anyway, when chatting with Princess yesterday about how today was such a special day I asked her what could make it more special and she responded with "if E & O could come home!"  How tender, while I was fulling expecting to hear about the Princess & the Frog purse at the store or her purple bike with a seat for baby George (one of her dolls) she came out with real, tender, raw emotion. 

I do not see the likeliness of bringing E or O home today, stranger things have happened...but I do know one thing.  I thank God for putting this wonderful, precious, lovely, little lady into our lives.  She is full of life and reminds me often of myself...but I cannot even remember what life was like without her...of course we have the same feelings for BooBear, but his post doesn't come until August 1st!  I just know that God blessed us the day that she entered our lives.  I know that she is going to keep us on her toes and if the prayers of a 3 year old get heard and answered the likliness of E & O coming home are very probable...but maybe I should ask her to start praying for a way to 'find the money' for E or O's adoptions! 

I found this poem on the internet today and read it through tears....all I found for an Author was "Estelle" which ironically is in the running if we end up having more than one more little girl!  (This particular E doesn't stand for Estelle...)  But this poem really reaches down into my heart in how I feel about not only Princess, but BooBear...and I am sure any other children God chooses to bless us with!

Mother to Child

Conceived in my heart I earnestly prayed,

But never imagined you'd come so arrayed.

Not flesh of my flesh, nor bone of my bone,

Not under my heart, but oh, so deep in it sown.

I knew from the start since the moment we met,

When my eyes gazed upon you, destiny was set,

To enter but a short journey as mother and child,

With joy and sorrows, memories to be compiled,

A mosaic of beauty with many colors entwined,

The fabric so strong, with my Savior combined.

I love you sweet child, and in time you will see,

You're much more than chosen, but precious to me,

For God planted this yearning in me long ago,

To bring Him forth fruit, that together we grow!
The years of prayer and tears shed before Princess joined our family were many!  And while I am not perfect mother and the 3 1/2 years of her life have not been full of only joy...I know she was sent by God as an answer to prayers that had been prayed for so long!  I know many a person who have prayed and wept and wondered if children would ever be a part of their lives...I read many blogs that are still praying and wondering, and I know that it really is a blessing to have the children that I do. 
Princess:  Your Mommy and Daddy love you so much and know that you are our perfect first born that God chose to be in our family.  Each day that you wake up and stumble from your bed searching for my lap to snuggle...but not too a memory I cherish.  I love that you get things, I love that you love.  Your love for life in general is what makes me want to get up each morning and make each day special for you.  You will never know how perfect you are for our family and how much we love you completely...but one thing is for sure...we are thankful for you and the fact that with you God our family grew!  Lots of love to you today Princess!