Only when we are completely selfless are we able to love fully.
Only in my nothingness can He be lifted up and glorified. Only in my nothingness am I able to hear His voice so clearly. He speaks to my heart in such a way that I am changed.
This change He has brought about and will continue to bring about is not always pleasant, it's stretching, it's humbling, it's realizing apart from the vine I can do nothing. I can prosper in nothing. My joy is only surface. I desire to live so much more fully than this world can offer and I can only live in such a way if I am wholly surrendered and connected to Jesus in a way that hurts for Him. Break my heart for what breaks yours. This is my plea.
“I am the vine, you are the branches. He who abides in Me, and I in him, bears much fruit; for without Me you can do nothing.
We are in the final stages of this wait for our Tucker. We received our LoA (letter of acceptance) on April 28th from China.
The estimated wait as of now is 5 weeks or less.
I am full of joy for this long awaited moment yet I hurt for the world. I hurt for people that have not experienced the love of Jesus. I hurt for People who have not experienced the fullness of joy God has to offer and the simple direction and abundance He freely gives. The price He paid for us was death so we might have life.
As we see Jesus' life played out we see a man who was driven by love for God and for His people.
Nothing else matters period.
We were designed and created by God in His image and this is how He sees us. Oh Lord, open the eyes of the blind, open our eyes to see the way You see and then we will live a life of fullness. The path will be paved and only then will our lives bring healing to others. The desire of our hearts is to live life to its fullest and only in Christ can that happen. Only by being able to lay down our life for Christ to live through us, to love through us, to be all we've desired, to be free. We are captives, slaves to this world unless we are set free. Freedom is in Christ.
I hurt for people that are:
bound- "a limitation or restriction on feeling or action."
in solitary- "done or existing alone. lonely, companionless, unaccompanied, by oneself, on one's own, alone, friendless; antisocial, unsociable, withdrawn, reclusive, cloistered, hermitic, incommunicado, lonesome."
Bound to a life of sin and not willing to be forgiven.Bound by the lust's of the flesh and not able in their own strength to be free. Deprived of a life that can be more than a conqueror with Christ.
We can so easily be self consumed by things that are not always bad- e.i. hobbies, giftings etc.
I am the first to admit I waist time on things that have no value.
Life is too short to waste it on things of no value.
People- are of great value and worth. To help the solitary and bound you don't have to adopt. There are people in our lives who are slaves to addictions, selfishness, hurt, pain, lusts, bitterness, pride, starving for truth and freedom, for the power to overcome. People all around in bondage to self, addicted to lives that lead down a path of self, tunnel vision of self.
Yes, caring for orphans is a huge tug on my heart but to be willing to go across the world and bring a sweet boy home to his family that loves and treasures him and wants to support him through his life I have to be willing to go into my own neighborhood and be a friend to the friendless, to pray for my own family and love them unconditionally through every hurt and to share Christ with a country that has so much yet hurts so much. People that experiences loneliness in the deepest part of their being.
"God sets the solitary in families;
He brings out those who are bound into prosperity;
But the rebellious dwell in a dry land."
My heart is so touched by Psalm 68:6. After looking up solitary and bound and realizing we come in contact with people like this everyday. We have lived lives in solitary and bondage. We are only free because Christ paid the ultimate price, death so that we may have life, life more abundant, A life that is free so we can help the people around us that are hurting, that are desperate for a savior and don't even know it.
When we have freedom in Christ then we are enabled by the spirit to be light to a dark world. To bring hope.
Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall tribulation, or distress, or persecution, or famine, or nakedness, or peril, or sword? As it is written:
“For Your sake we are killed all day long;
We are accounted as sheep for the slaughter.” Yet in all these things we are more than conquerors through Him who loved us.
"Stand fast therefore in the liberty by which Christ has made us free, and do not be entangled again with a yoke of bondage."
“The Spirit of the Lord God is upon Me,
Because the Lord has anointed Me
To preach good tidings to the poor;
He has sent Me to heal the brokenhearted,
To proclaim liberty to the captives,
And the opening of the prison to those who are bound;
My little boy is across the world and though I love him with a whole heart - Tucker has no clue how drastically his life is about to change. With no expectation I will be traveling to China to bring home our son. I am taking Morris with me. Please pray for his heart, for peace, for loss as he leaves all he's ever known. These precious children are brave and while this is an exciting time, it is a time that can not be lived by feelings or emotions. It is a time that has to be separate from feelings. A time to love because Jesus first loved us. A time to love unconditionally, selflessly, no matter the response I receive or don't receive, a love that can only come from Christ. The reality in my nothingness, in all I lack I know Gods grace will be sufficient.
Please be praying as we embark on an unknown journey that by faith I know will be beautiful.
The reality is yes, it's exciting but it takes laying life down to bring life.
Please pray that God will bring in the rest of our finances.
We have payed our final agency payments and by prayer and faith we know God will bring the money for in- country expenses and airfare as we have seen Him do so graciously before with our Morris.
God is so amazing. Please let your heart be open and let God use your life. you never know how He will use you.
It will be great I promise.
‘Freely, freely, you have received,
Freely, freely give;
Go in My name, and because you believe
Others will know that I live.’
With much love,
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