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 10, 2015

3 years ago yesterday...

March 9th 2012, our love bug was just 6 months old...and we were able to go to court and legally adopt her.  There was never any question that we would be able to do that, but it is always a wonderful feeling to be able to not have to carry those papers around when traveling, when doctoring, or whatever proving you have the right to make decisions for this child that doesn't have your last name!!

Fast forward to yesterday...our precious LoveBug is growing and amazing.  She has some physical difficulties but her determination to accomplish life far overcomes them.  She has figured out a way where there didn't seem to be one!  So proud of her. 
I was raised in a home where special days are a big celebrate....period.  Well we have triple the number of children in our family than in my home where I grew up...and most of those children have more than one special day....SO, we do not celebrate as big as I would like for each occasion...but yesterday after work and supper we celebrated with ice cream, the traditional 'Happy Adoption Day' way to celebrate in our home.  Every year on March 9, March 30 and August 1 you can find us out for ice cream at some point in the day.  This is how we celebrate. 
Our LoveBug was having a good afternoon, so it was very fun to be able to celebrate her yesterday.  She talked (she isn't always able to) and carried on in her silly ways.  She brings so much joy and laughter into our home and heart.
This little girl, our Love Bug.  We did not know what we were saying 'yes' to when we received the phone call about a little baby girl who needed an adoptive home.  This little baby girl whom we knew was being born addicted to cocaine.  We had no idea what her life was going to look like or what our role as parents would fully be for her.  While there have been trials, there have been struggles (and there are many more to come)...she can make me smile on the darkest of days.  She can make you laugh when you want to cry.  She has a silly way about her and she enjoys having people laugh.  Sometimes I wonder if other peoples laughter is her medicine that helps take her pain away. 
I am so thankful to God that He chose us to be her forever family.  He decided we were who she needed for life.  I am so thankful for the opportunity to parent her.
Happy Adoption Day Love Bug!!