Our Story

Our Story
We witness a miracle every time a child enters into life. But those who make their journey home across time and miles, growing within the hearts of those who wait to love them, are carried on the wings of destiny and placed among us by God's very own hands.
~ Kristi Larson ~

Not flesh of my flesh, Nor bone of my bone, But still miraculously my own. Never forget for a single minute, You didn't grow under my heart - but in it!
~ Fleur Conkling Heylinger ~
Adoption is not the call to have the perfect, rosy family. It is the CALL to Give LOVE, MERCY, and PATIENCE.

Monday, July 13, 2015

Crumbs in Your Sheets

Do you ever have a long and exhausting day and you cannot wait for your head to hit your pillow???  As you tuck the kids in and say bedtime prayers you can almost feel the relaxation and calm of nestling up for some much needed sleep.  The time finally comes and you crawl into bed.....to find your child has, at some point in the day, eaten a cookie in your domain and left crumbs on your nice haven of rest.  So - instead of relaxation and peace you are irritated with each little move you make as mini crumbs poke and prod your body no matter how many times you sweep them away - there's always one more crumb that finds its way to you as you roll over an hour later.

Well - - Satan is a little bit like crumbs in your sheets.  Sometime he shows up big and in your face - but more often than not he shows up as little irritations of every day living.  He likes to steal our joy and replace it with frustration and annoyance.  He likes to keep our mind occupied on things that distract us from peace and rest.  The last few weeks I feel like Satan has my number and is enjoying watching me squirm in my sheets full of crumbs.  There haven't been a lot of big in your face moments - but subtle maneuvers to steal my joy and peace.  I feel him in my head planting seeds of doubt and frustration.  He has fed that frustration with physical limitations and setbacks.  He keeps me feeling overwhelmed and anxious which steals my joy.

I don't know about you but I'm fed up with crumbs in my sheets!  I am sick of Satan thinking he has a foothold on my life and in my family.  I don't know about you but I think Satan is attacking me - the mom - the glue - the clockwork!  Do you know what else??  I think he is attacking me because he is scared of my family!  Because I think my family is pretty awesome - I think they are doing BIG things for God's Kingdom!  They love God and His people - 4 of the kids pledged their faith by getting baptized in the last few months.  I think the fact that we have pretty awesome kids and a rock star marriage had Satan worried already - - but now that we are being obedient and stepping out in faith to add some more kids to the mix -- I think it had Satan at the drawing board trying to scheme a way to muddle it all up.  I've got news for him - - if Satan thinks he can get to my family through me....he's got another thing coming!

God is my comfort and my strength and I will not believe the lies any longer.  God's direction and path are where we seek to keep our family and we will not second guess that.  My physical limitations are well within God's hand as the Great Physician.  To put it in simple terms - - HE'S GOT THIS!!!  He's got ALL of this!  He can handle my renovated messy house and make something organized and beautiful out of it - and help build sweet memories along the way.  He can handle my mind wandering and wondering and questioning and second guessing for every home study that goes out - - every no we get in return - every second of waiting to hear something (anything) on the rest - - every minute spent searching-wondering if I'm looking at a picture of my children or not.  He can handle my body - every infection and headache and every ounce of pain.  He can handle my children - and my husband - and me!

I'm sick of the crumbs and the irritations that Satan is throwing my way!  God can handle it ALL if we let Him!  So today - I choose GOD's PEACE over Satan's crumbs!!  Will you let Him handle your life - your family - your crumbs?