Oh goodness, my heart is so full this morning! There are so many awesome things the Lord is doing to bring children into forever families and I’m humbled that in several of these cases, I’ve had the privilege of watching Him work! I can’t wait to share them all with you this week.
But, I wanted to start with one of the neatest stories I’ve had first hand experience with: watching my children work hard to bring home sweet little Zach, a boy whom our friends are adopting. Over the summer they diligently read, day in and day out and received pledges for each page, in a program we named “Read for the Red Thread.” I was blown away by their desire to be a part of raising money and awareness for the Green Family and so humbled by the generous donations of individuals near and far, some who we may never meet this side of Heaven. We’ve been collecting the donations for months (which is why this post has been delayed), but Saturday we finally had everything we needed to complete the project. The boys had done an amazing job reading and receiving their donations, but as we made cards and slipped in the check, Eden quietly ran up to her room. She came back with the change from her piggy bank. Despite the fact that she wasn’t fully reading or able to collect donations over the summer, she still wanted to make a contribution to bring Zachhome to his forever family. As she piled her coins on the table, my mommy heart melted.
In order to commemorate this exciting achievement, we headed out for a little mini session, full of lots of love and anticipation at the thought of one day soon getting to meet sweet Zach!
The most obvious lesson in Christ’s teaching is that there is no happiness in having or getting anything, but only in giving. ~ Henry Drummond
And…. drumroll please- here’s the final count thanks to Collin and Griffin’s reading efforts, your precious donations and lots of love and prayers!
God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it,
He throws caution to the winds,
giving to the needy in reckless abandon.
His right-living, right-giving ways
never run out, never wear out.
This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.
Carrying out this social relief work involves far more than helping meet the bare needs of poor Christians. It also produces abundant and bountiful thanksgivings to God. This relief offering is a prod to live at your very best, showing your gratitude to God by being openly obedient to the plain meaning of the Message of Christ. You show your gratitude through your generous offerings to your needy brothers and sisters, and really toward everyone. Meanwhile, moved by the extravagance of God in your lives, they’ll respond by praying for you in passionate intercession for whatever you need. Thank God for this gift, his gift.
No language can praise it enough!
2 Corinthians 9:8-15; The Message