Being Sheep

"I am the good shepherd; I know my sheep and my sheep know me— just as the Father knows me and I know the Father—and I lay down my life for the sheep."John 10:14-15

Monday, November 30, 2009

No News

Just thought you all might like to know there is no news regarding our adoption process. :)

A (7yo) did tell us last night that he hopes we don't adopt again after this, because the wait is too long. Hmm. That was interesting, and I didn't have much of a response other than to think we probably won't tell them very early in the process next time! LOL.

And D (5yo) decided he's not going to have imaginary kids (boys) anymore, he's going to have imaginary brothers. Apparently his imaginary wife really liked to adopt kids, since every time he talked about her she was off in another country adopting a few more. He'd stay home with the 70 they already had.

Gotta love my kids. :)

We're praying and trusting for a referral in God's time!

~J

Tuesday, November 10, 2009

Why Ethiopia?

We're asked this question on a very regular basis. “Why in the world would you want to go all the way to Ethiopia to adopt a child?” Another one is, “Aren't there children available for adoption in the US?”

Of course, there are many, many children available in the US for adoption. There are, however, 143 million orphans worldwide. And there's no way that our family can save or even help all of them. We can though, love and cherish several, and hopefully in the future we can financially sponsor several more.

Our family decided to adopt from Ethiopia because that's where God led us—it's as plain and simple as that. To the non-Christian, this probably doesn't make much sense. And even to some Christians it doesn't make much sense. But we know beyond the shadow of a doubt that Ethiopia is where God wants us to go. It doesn't make much practical sense, perhaps. I mean, it's less expensive to adopt domestically. Many times a domestic adoption is even faster. But we know that God has children in Ethiopia that he wants in our family.

After all, God has adopted us as his children:

Romans 8:15-17
“For you did not receive a spirit that makes you a slave again to fear, but you received the Spirit of sonship. And by him we cry, "Abba, Father." The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs—heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory.”

Wait a minute—we are God's children?! We are co-heirs with Christ! God has taken us into his family, though we did absolutely nothing to deserve it. It's not because we're special, or because we've done something really good. It's because he loves us. It's as simple as that. How can I receive that love and not reciprocate by loving others? How can I be a part of God's family, without being willing to bring “the least of these” into mine?

Matthew 25:34-40
"Then the King will say to those on his right, 'Come, you who are blessed by my Father; take your inheritance, the kingdom prepared for you since the creation of the world. For I was hungry and you gave me something to eat, I was thirsty and you gave me something to drink, I was a stranger and you invited me in, I needed clothes and you clothed me, I was sick and you looked after me, I was in prison and you came to visit me.'
"Then the righteous will answer him, 'Lord, when did we see you hungry and feed you, or thirsty and give you something to drink? When did we see you a stranger and invite you in, or needing clothes and clothe you? When did we see you sick or in prison and go to visit you?'
"The King will reply, 'I tell you the truth, whatever you did for one of the least of these brothers of mine, you did for me.'

Whatever I do for the least of God's people, I do for Jesus. Notice that Jesus did not say “Whatever you do for the people in your country” or “Whatever you do for the people around you, as long as it's practical” or even “Whatever you do for the least of these, as long as it doesn't cost too much.” No, God says to love and care for the least of his people. I have to believe that includes caring for the child whose parents have both died of AIDS, who has no family left, who is starving.

Why anyone would argue about whether or not that's a good idea is beyond me. I'm obviously in no way perfect, nor have I followed Jesus' command like I could have. But I can only move forward and ask that God would use me, imperfect though I am.

What can I take with me into heaven? Only the people whose lives I have touched. What better way to touch someone's life than to bring them into your family, to care for them when no one else can, to love them.

If someone's offended because I'm not adopting an American child, so be it. I don't think God cares too much about the boundary lines we like to draw on his land. It's all his. All the people are his. It's our job to love them.

Monday, October 26, 2009

I Just Wanna Be A Sheep

"The man who enters by the gate is the shepherd of his sheep. The watchman opens the gate for him, and the sheep listen to his voice. He calls his own sheep by name and leads them out. When he has brought out all his own, he goes on ahead of them, and his sheep follow him because they know his voice. 5But they will never follow a stranger; in fact, they will run away from him because they do not recognize a stranger's voice."
John 10:2-5


We are called to be sheep, to recognize our Shepherd's (God's) voice, and to follow Him. We must trust Him to lead and guide us along the right path.

One of my favorite children's songs goes like this:


Just Wanna Be A Sheep

Chorus
I just wanna be a sheep
Baa, baa, baa, baa
I just wanna be a sheep
Baa, baa, baa, baa
I pray the Lord my soul to keep
I just wanna be a sheep
Baa, baa, baa, baa,

Verse 1
Don't wanna be a goat…nope
Don't wanna be a goat…nope
Haven't got any hope…nope
Don't wanna be a goat…nope

Verse 2
Don't wanna be a hypocrite
Don't wanna be a hypocrite
'Cause they're not hip to it
Don't wanna be a hypocrite

Verse 3
Don't wanna be a Pharisee
Don't wanna be a Pharisee
'Cause they're not fair you see
Don't wanna be a Pharisee

Verse 4
Don't wanna be a Sadducee
Don't wanna be a Sadducee
'Cause they're so sad you see
Don't wanna be a Sadducee

Verse 5
Just wanna be a child of God
Just wanna be a child of God
Walkin' the same path He trod
Just wanna be a child of God


I don't want to be a goat, I don't want to be a hypocrite, a http://www.biblegateway.com/passage/?search=Matthew+23:13&version=NIV, or a Saducee. I just want to be a child of God. Walking the same path He trod.

It's a never-ending struggle: will I truly follow what God has for my life? Do I really want to be like Jesus? After all, Jesus was crucified for what He said and did while on earth. Lord, use me to accomplish Your will. Give me faith in You. Let me be your child.