My brother, Ben, forwarded this email to me today. The first thought that came to my mind is…this is the Kingdom of God. My friends Josh and Heather are quite an amazing couple. They’ve decided to do something that the large margin of people that are looking to adopt would never even consider. I’m encouraged by their faith, their compassion, their love and their deep devotion to Jesus.
Please read Heather’s email and be praying for this baby girl that is soon to be their daughter!!!
Hello loved ones,
Most of you know about our daughter that we will be adopting. For those of you who do not know the short version is that we are adopting a 4 month old girl with down syndrome who also has some serious heart and lung problems, we will be happy to fill you in with the details later. For now, we are asking all you prayer warriors to be praying your guts out for her. She is having a heart catherization tomorrow (Thursday) at 10am. Pray that all goes well with the anesthesia and procedure itself. It is an out patient procedure, pray that it stays that way for her and that she has a quick recovery. Pray that what they find is no more severe than what they already know, and even better, that it is not as bad as they thought. Pray that God will heal her heart and lungs.
I will be at the hospital all day tomorrow with the foster mother as well as the birth mom so pray for love and grace and Jesus to be known.
Thanks, more to come soon…I promise!
In Faith, Hope, and Love,
Please pray for Josh and Heather today. Also, this would make Josh and Heather happy as they are big fans of Oswald Chambers, but, check out this daily reading for yesterday in ‘My Utmost For His Highest’. Profound timing, especially as my friends walk this out. Leave a comment here on my blog and i’ll make sure they read it. Does this impact your heart like it’s impacted mine?!
Here’s what Oswald has to to say:
Nothing of the Old Life!
Our Lord never tolerates our prejudices— He is directly opposed to them and puts them to death. We tend to think that God has some special interest in our particular prejudices, and are very sure that He will never deal with us as He has to deal with others. We even say to ourselves, “God has to deal with other people in a very strict way, but of course He knows that my prejudices are all right.” But we must learn that God accepts nothing of the old life! Instead of being on the side of our prejudices, He is deliberately removing them from us. It is part of our moral education to see our prejudices put to death by His providence, and to watch how He does it. God pays no respect to anything we bring to Him. There is only one thing God wants of us, and that is our unconditional surrender.
When we are born again, the Holy Spirit begins to work His new creation in us, and there will come a time when there is nothing remaining of the old life. Our old gloomy outlook disappears, as does our old attitude toward things, and “all things are of God” (2 Corinthians 5:18 ). How are we going to get a life that has no lust, no self-interest, and is not sensitive to the ridicule of others? How will we have the type of love that “is kind . . . is not provoked, [and] thinks no evil”? ( 1 Corinthians 13:4-5 ). The only way is by allowing nothing of the old life to remain, and by having only simple, perfect trust in God— such a trust that we no longer want God’s blessings, but only want God Himself. Have we come to the point where God can withdraw His blessings from us without our trust in Him being affected? Once we truly see God at work, we will never be concerned again about the things that happen, because we are actually trusting in our Father in heaven, whom the world cannot see.