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Our Faithful Potter

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If we do not guard our hearts, wanting a child can easily become an idol. Sometimes this happens very subtly, so subtly you don't even notice. When impatience, envy, or anxious thoughts are present, it's possible that the root cause is an idol that has entered the heart. God is SO loving and merciful when we falter. He made us and He understands how frail we are...that we are merely dust (Psalm 103:14). The LORD convicted me of many things this morning...he revealed idols in my heart and graciously brought the gift of repentance. I feel so renewed after spending time in His presence and making confession. How great is His wisdom and knowledge and His faithfulness to us! Like a father has compassion on His children, God has compassion on us and knows how to perform operations on our soul. But we must yield to the blade. It's sharp and it cuts. There is pain. But after the pain, we experience renewal, cleansing, refreshment, worship... If you are struggling with impatience

Waiting

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  We aren't traveling to see family this year due to the pandemic so I am really missing my niece and nephew. This is a picture from last year with them at Christmas time. We are keeping in touch through video chats right now. They are so loving to each other and they will be wonderful cousins for a child. Another baby was born to my brother and sister-in-law on Thanksgiving Day. Hopefully, she will be very close in age to the child we adopt! There are three more sweet cousins on Jeff's side of the family. Whoever we adopt will be so blessed with a loving, supportive extended family. We are trusting the Lord and waiting on His timing for our adoption, but I'm really hoping for a Christmas miracle match. We are on a waiting list with our adoption agency and I am also doing some networking with social media. Praying for the Lord to arrange the right match that He has for us. "God makes everything happen at the right time." (Ecclesiastes 3:11, CEV) Merry Christmas!

After Coronavirus Delay, Moving Forward with Adoption!

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(Photo credit: Richard Bedey) I really debated about whether to post this photo. Even though I really loved the shirt when I first saw it (and that's why I bought it), after we had the picture taken I realized the words "no bump, still pumped, adoption in progress" could subtly imply a lie that adoption is second best. I just want to loudly state that's a lie! We are proceeding with adoption in faith that God is leading us in this path toward building our family! There are many ways that God leads in our lives and many different ways that families are formed. Before we started trying to have kids, we were both very drawn to adoption, but then we decided to try for biological children first. Then, as many of you know, I went through numerous crushing disappointments in that journey. But God has brought healing to my heart and given me peace as we pursue HIS plan for our lives. His plans are never second best!!! He does ALL things well! Anyone who implies that adoption

Steadfast Love and Faithfulness

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My fertile sisters in Christ sometimes have a hard time understanding the particular challenges of my journey toward having a family. We can try to imagine ourselves in someone else's shoes and we might think that we would view things differently or take different actions, but it's really hard to know unless you have walked in their shoes. From speaking with others who share my same boat, I know there can be a particular struggle when it comes to transitioning from fertility treatments to the path of adoption. For someone who has not been given a conclusive "no" from the Lord, there is an enormous amount of wrestling to try to determine how the Lord is leading in the situation. There are so many scriptures that speak to the value of waiting on the Lord and his timing. Added to that, there are numerous miraculous conception stories both in the Bible and testimonies from Christian friends who have walked this path. There are also godly friends who were never able

Finding Hope in the Midst of Trials

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This blog has been quiet for several months as the coronavirus has significantly impacted our lives and I have been involved in other writing projects during this time. This week I went to get a Covid-19 test as I was having some mild symptoms. While I wait for the results and self-isolate, I decided this would be a good time to update you on some Bible passages I have been dwelling on over the past few months. The  principles from these scriptures have greatly helped me to maintain an eternal perspective and to anchor my hope in the Lord. I trust they will encourage you in whatever trials you are facing today. Suffering is normal. We are often shocked and confused when trials appear. If we have wrong expectations in this area, we will be set up for great disappointment.  Paul says that believers have been subjected to the sufferings of this present life by the will of God¹ (Rom. 8:20, 23). We know God has all power and could end our sufferings at any time, but he allows us

Three Ways God Uses Our Trials for Good

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"For as we share abundantly in Christ’s sufferings, so through Christ we share abundantly in comfort too."   (2 Corinthians 1:5, ESV) So far this blog has focused a lot on suffering and lament and attempting to tackle the false teachings that can make our earthly trials that much worse. Focusing on these important topics has been extremely therapeutic for me personally, but the sad aspects of our trials only reflect part of the picture. We cannot neglect shouting about the many ways that God uses our trials for His glory and our good. Hopefully, if you are going through a trial, these meditations will spark your own musings as you recount all the ways that God has been good to you. 1) God uses our trials to make us into conduits of his comfort.   When you really stop and ponder this concept, it's mind blowing! The high and holy God, creator of heaven and earth and of all things that live and breathe, gives us unworthy, created mortals the privilege of b

The Root of False Teaching Regarding Physical Healing

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I recently published an article here on the topic of physical healing and, in particular, the teaching that it is always God's will to heal. I see that hundreds of people are linking to my blog from that article so I wanted to write a couple of follow up posts on that topic. I already wrote one at this link here . Generally, whenever you see Bible teachers promising that God wants to heal you right now in this life, they often use this language describing the atonement: "purchased your healing," or "bore stripes in His body," or "made payment" for your healing. For example, see this link . What a lot of people never ask is "What verse in scripture are they basing this on?" A friend of mine, Mike Sasso, who pastors Calvary Chapel Eagle sent these notes to me this week after seeing the article I posted on this topic. As he points out, a misinterpretation of Isaiah 53:5 is really at the root of a lot of this false teaching regarding he