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Sometimes in our quest for the future, our quest for calling, and our quest of planning and scheming; we forget to see the one, the need, in front of us. We often times pray for revival, and use words, and dare I say buy into fluffy “feel good” hype about the subject of revival, but when a need, an uncomfortable need, is placed in front of us, many of us (including myself) would rather go to the meeting; enjoy songs, maybe even receive “Holy Spirit chills” and talk about revival and the nations to ease our consciences when an orphaned world is at our door step waiting to be loved. He reconciled us to God, releasing the Spirit of adoption upon our lives thereby making us sons and daughters of the Father. Thankfully there is a man named Jesus, who paid the highest price and walked down death’s alley, so we…Continue Reading
Salsa and Guacamole Recipe by Bethany Reid
November is Adoption Awareness month, here’s a recipe with a story from my heart to yours. 7 years ago I married Jeff Reid, and instantly became Mom to his (then) 6 yr old son Elijah. And so began my journey into a new kind of step-motherhood—the journey of understanding how GOD adopts us. Early on in our marriage, after a particularly difficult bedtime routine, I turned to Romans for my daily Bible reading. And not only this, but also we ourselves, having the first fruits of the Spirit, even we ourselves groan within ourselves, waiting eagerly for our adoption as sons, the redemption of our body. Romans 8:23 My heart was wrecked by the kindness of the Lord. By extending unconditional love to this little boy I barely knew, I was living out a human reflection of what God does to us. Together we are understanding what the Spirit of Adoption is.…Continue Reading
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My story is probably similar to yours. I grew up in a small rural farm town in the middle of iowa cornfields. I have three big older brothers who are both my protectors and pests and a mom and dad who’s greatest goal is to get me to graduate from college and married. My grandparents live close and I see them on all major holidays with the rest of my aunts, uncles, and cousins. I got good grades and mostly stayed out of trouble, and when it was time, I moved away from my safe and close knit community to go to a university in the “city”. Like I said my story is similar to yours—just maybe swap out the Iowa part, because not very many people are from there. Most of my life I secretly dreaded this day—I hated the attention The only thing that might be different is…Continue Reading
Noah Adoption
Adoption is a very important concept for a Jesus follower because it defines how we join the family of God. Like many concepts that are important in life, the best way to learn them is through experience. That is how adoption was opened up to me, through my own experience. What if I canʼt love this baby like my first son Jude? My husband and I always wanted to adopt. We had a biological son first named Jude and he changed my life. I love him so much and he made me realize the biggest purpose for my life was to be his mom. I had a very difficult pregnancy and I was not prepared to go through that again. We felt it was time to consider adoption. There are many fears that I walked through to make a decision to adopt. What if I canʼt love this baby like…
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Cambodian boy by Taren Maroun
“The King of Cambodia died on Monday” The day we arrived at the Khnach Romease Village, Pastor Vanny announced this during the evening’s worship and prayer time at the orphanage we’d decided to spend our week-long Pchum Bun holiday in. Together, our outreach team of 10 and the 31 kids who live at the orphanage prayed for the country. These children offered their petitions to God with more fervor than grown men It was one of the most stirring moments I have ever witnessed or been a part of. These children offered their petitions to God with more fervor than grown men. Eyes clenched, hands raised, and swaying back ‘n’ forth as we simultaneously prayed in our own languages. When everyone else had quieted down, these two little boys (Chert and Darinth) were standing there side by side, still going strong. They were in their own little world. One could…Continue Reading
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Last week, in a crowded restaurant, Laura* leaned close to me and said, “Your face radiates the love of God your Father! I want that too. I want the love of God and I want him to be my Father.” She has never known God that way, but her heart told her this was real, true love. Laura’s deep desire for it led her to a prayer of repentance and an tearful plea for God to become her Father. God’s family is his expression of true love and belonging. Because He loves us, “His unchanging plan has always been to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. And this gave him great pleasure”(Eph. 1:5). God’s family is his expression of true love and belonging. He delights in making himself known through his family of adopted children. We are a part of his story,…
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