One of the benefits of the LOOOOOOOOONG adoption wait is the ability to take our time in getting ready for the new little person to enter our lives. We decided to spread out all the purchasing so our accounts aren’t hit all at once but getting what we need for the nursery so it’s ready should that call come.
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We all struggle with our sin nature. Paul put it beautifully:
For I do not understand my own actions. For I do not do what I want, but I do the very thing I hate. Now if I do what I do not want, I agree with the law, that it is good. So now it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. For I know that nothing good dwells in me, that is, in my flesh. For I have the desire to do what is right, but not the ability to carry it out. For I do not do the good I want, but the evil I do not want is what I keep on doing. Now if I do what I do not want, it is no longer I who do it, but sin that dwells within me. (Romans 7:15-20)
A lofty goal. One that I cannot do on my own. But I can keep trying. I can keep moving forward. I can choose a life of accountability.
I love systems. I love seeing a need and creating the system to meet that need so it succeeds.
This doesn’t replace the need for human one-on-one accountability. We all need people in our lives who will honestly tell us like it is, or it should be. We need community.
This is simply a way to enhance that personal accountability.
Each week I have a Sabbath, usually on Friday because of work and ministry requirements on Sunday, but sometimes it changes depending on the week. During part of that time, I prayerfully consider my coming week and develop a fluid plan of what I hope to accomplish.
I’m adding another component to that time: accountability.
Did I Obey Jesus…
- In my Abiding
- In my Personal Life
- In my Food Choices
- In my Time
- In my Spending
- In my Marriage
- In my Personal Growth
- In my Work
- In my Attitude
- In my Thanksgiving
- In my Trust
Then, each quarter I will share a blog post reporting on my progress with obeying Jesus completely
In this way,
I hope you have a wonderful Christmas full of the wonder of Jesus.
I pray the Lord will open your eyes to see how he is blessing you every day.
I hope you sense the love of Jesus.
Happy New Year
I pray you see the coming year in peace and hope.
I hope you see the faithfulness of God.
I pray you have a blessed New Year full of the presence of Jesus.
How are you focusing on Jesus this Christmas?
In 2017 I Resolve
To obey Jesus completely.
That’s it. That’s my resolution.
And yet this resolution encompasses so much:
- Obeying Jesus in my food choices
- Obeying Jesus in being thankful
- Obeying Jesus in sharing his truth
- Obeying Jesus in my attitude
- Obeying Jesus in my time
- Obeying Jesus in abiding in him
- Obeying Jesus in my worship
- Obeying Jesus in prayer
- Obeying Jesus in changing to be like him
- Obeying Jesus in everything
What is your resolution for 2017?
It can be mundane. Laundry and cleaning and cooking and emails and paying bills. That is the stuff of a normal life.
And yet deep within us is a desire for more, for the extraordinary, for the miraculous.
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I’ve lived in the Middle East for about 12 years. There I find myself spending a lot of time with Muslims. However, in the last year, I have found myself living in middle America while we pursue adoption. Apparently, social workers aren’t favorable to life in the Middle East…
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I am not a fan of waiting. At all.
And yet here I find myself 10 months into the adoption wait for a child. In all actuality, we’ve been waiting for 4 years for God to grant us the desire of our heart. This wait puts us on hold in our ministry. This wait is seemingly unending. This wait just hangs over us.
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Recently, we had a life-altering week. A week wrought with tears and questions. A week where every area of our life had some major disappointment or issue: car, house, ministry, adoption. A week where we asked God again, “What is going on?” A week where we found ourselves on our knees asking God for direction, help, and peace. A week where the disappointment was ready to crush me.
And the Lord turned me to Psalm 27.
I will choose not to fear.
The Lord is my light and my salvation;
whom shall I fear?
The Lord is the stronghold of my life;
of whom shall I be afraid?
When evildoers assail me
to eat up my flesh,
my adversaries and foes,
it is they who stumble and fall.
Though an army encamp against me,
my heart shall not fear;
though war arise against me,
yet I will be confident. (Psalm 27:1-3)
I will choose to abide in Jesus.
One thing have I asked of the Lord,
that will I seek after:
that I may dwell in the house of the Lord
all the days of my life,
to gaze upon the beauty of the Lord
and to inquire in his temple.
For he will hide me in his shelter
in the day of trouble;
he will conceal me under the cover of his tent;
he will lift me high upon a rock. (Psalm 27:4-5)
I will choose to praise.
And now my head shall be lifted up
above my enemies all around me,
and I will offer in his tent
sacrifices with shouts of joy;
I will sing and make melody to the Lord.
Hear, O Lord, when I cry aloud;
be gracious to me and answer me! (Psalm 27:6-7)
I will choose to seek the Lord.
You have said, “Seek my face.”
My heart says to you,
“Your face, Lord, do I seek.” (Psalm 27:8)
I will choose to trust the Lord.
Hide not your face from me.
Turn not your servant away in anger,
O you who have been my help.
Cast me not off; forsake me not,
O God of my salvation!
For my father and my mother have forsaken me,
but the Lord will take me in. (Psalm 27:9-10)
I will choose to learn, even if it’s painful.
Teach me your way, O Lord,
and lead me on a level path
because of my enemies.
Give me not up to the will of my adversaries;
for false witnesses have risen against me,
and they breathe out violence. (Psalm 27:11-12)
I will choose to believe.
I believe that I shall look upon the goodness of the Lord
in the land of the living! (Psalm 27:13)
I choose to wait in expectation.
Wait for the Lord;
be strong, and let your heart take courage;
wait for the Lord! (Psalm 27:14)
Recently I had to get some blood drawn. It was routine and the lady taking my blood wasn’t at all impressed that this is not a normal part of my life. I’m not a fan of blood in general and I like mine to stay on the inside of me.
This experience reminded me of another day I had to get blood drawn.
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