Sacrificial Love

Many people in my life put me in awe of God’s goodness to us. He has blessed my family abundantly with amazing family, friends and neighbors. They go above and beyond, loving us extraordinarily well. Their kind hearts encourage me to go out and love big and to give generously in my own spheres.

Recently, we welcomed a new little bundle. As we approached our home with this freshly baked muffin, I noticed our front porch covered with items for this adventure. Bags chalked full of beautiful clothing, diapers and wipes stacked, a lovely swing and a treasured note that I will hold dear forever. A dear girlfriend did this for us.

John 15:13 says,

“Greater love has no one than this, that one lay down his life for his friends.”

You see, not only did she love us so well but she was sacrificing herself while doing so. As her friend, I know that this sweet woman has been dealing with a lot lately. In a moment when it is natural to be inwardly focused, she was giving herself away for us.

This mirrors what Jesus did! He sacrificed Himself, He suffered for our greater good.

I want to thank her especially and for the others that bless us continually with their sacrificial love. You are an encouragement, a treasured blessing and a reminder to our family to lay down our lives for our friends. Just like Jesus.

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I Will Never Go Back

You could say that I am a bit crazy about Jesus. Though, I have not always been this way. Over the years of pursuing Him, I have seen how incredibly faithful and real He is! I will never go back.

Countless times I have prayed so specifically and then it happens, but with an above and beyond addition of God’s kind of whipped cream and cherry on top! Your jaw drops because you know that you know, He showed up in an absolutely incredible and awesome goose-bumpy way. “There is no doubt,” you say, “God did that!”

He loves to knock our socks off with His love for us. This whole Jesus thing, may sound kind of crazy if you do not believe. The faithfulness of God is like nothing in this world, so sometimes it is hard to trust His love for us until you just decide to.

•He never lets me down– like so many things or people in my life do or will.

•He has been my only constant in a world full of chaos, pain, stress and anxiety.

•Though my heart may wander from Him, His never does from me.

•Nothing, no one, no other pursuit has been quite so fulfilling, like loving Him.

•Understanding that in Him my soul finds rest and fulfillment of joy is everything to me, which has not always been so, because now I know it.

“He will cover you with his feathers, and under his wings you will find refuge; his faithfulness will be your shield and rampart.” (Psalm 91:4)

So today, I am thankful! My life has turned for the better because I chose Jesus. Once you taste and see how incredible it is to love and accept Him- you, like me, will never want to go back. His faithfulness is so good.

A Hard Season of Wait

So often waiting feels like a trial, like a piece of us is suffering a loss of what we believe is already ours. I have learned among a long season of delay, how much I would have missed if the results were microwaved instead of slowly cooked.

I would have missed some major character shaping that God has done in me. I would have missed the awe-inspiring testimonies that only God could write because of the wait, and now I have these precious jewels to share with others for forever. Oh how the gems gained are *always worth the dig to get them out!

“Consider it all joy, my brethren, when you encounter various trials,

knowing that the testing of your faith produces endurance.

And let endurance have its perfect result, so that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing.”

(James 1:2-4)

It Surely is Impossible! Or is it?

“It is totally impossible. There is no chance this would ever happen,” she said. Have you ever had similar thoughts, where logic tells you there is no way?

I just said these words a few weeks ago while talking to a dear friend at a concert. I am thankful that God so quickly reminded the two of us, that these words are not truth. They are not who He is. He has no limits.

“‘Ah, Lord God! It is you who have made the heavens and the earth by your great power and by your outstretched arm! Nothing is too hard for you.” (Jeremiah 32:17)

Within just a few seconds of voicing my doubt, Sidewalk Prophets was ready to play their music. They said, “Do you ever think something is impossible? There is nothing impossible with God!” We laughed at the Lord’s perfect timing.

All throughout the Bible, God defies the odds. He has no restrictions.

Jesus not only brought others back from the dead, He brought Himself back. He conquered even death, proving to mankind that He is God. Nothing holds God back.

So of course, if He can conquer death, He surely can conquer anything that appears impossible!

Pursuing Happiness and Coming Out Empty

Oh the pursuit of happiness, always leaving us empty. Maybe, just maybe, the next thing will fulfill. More money, less body fat, extra education, a new job or relationship, we wonder if ________ is the answer to the yearning.

Attaining these things will never satisfy that unrelenting void we hope to fill. Our bodies, formed by a Creator, were woven with a longing for the worship of Him who created us.

When we accept God’s gift of His Son, Jesus,

“Then sings my soul, my Saviour God, to Thee How great Thou art, how great Thou art”

Then we have found the pursuit of happiness. It is Jesus, your soul praising Jesus. Freedom envelopes you in an unexplainable way, for eternity.

This is what we are searching for. I know because, I have found it.

“For he who finds me finds life and obtains favor from the Lord.” (Proverbs 8:35)

When Your Heart is Stuck in Wait

For the last twelve weeks, we have been waiting for our home study to be written so we can become licensed foster parents. I never realized how hard all the delays are for parents in orphan care.

When I get antsy, I have learned to recount all that God has done for us in our past. Remembering who God is and the blessings He has bestowed on us before, snuffs out any current unsteadiness in my spirit and renews me with peace.

“Let us hold fast the confession of our hope without wavering, for he who promised is faithful.” (Hebrews 10:23)

God sees, knows and will never let us down. His faithfulness always comes through. Remembering this by keeping my eyes fixed on Jesus and the promises in the Bible, make the crazy ride not so crazy.

“Yet this I call to mind and therefore I have hope: Because of the Lord’s great love we are not consumed, for his compassions never fail. They are new every morning; great is your faithfulness.” (Lamentations 3:21-23)