Saturday, February 26, 2011

An awesome adoption story

I have been following along as my blog-world friend embarked on her own adoption journey.

They began by wanting to foster to adopt, but like with many of us, God chose a different path.

Check out the awesome way that God has worked to bring Baby Moriah home.

Thursday, February 24, 2011

My Repurposed Life: Silhouette SD Giveaway!

I don't typically enter giveaways, but this one was just too good to pass up!!

"Well, the day has finally come! I get to give one of my readers a Silhouette! I can’t tell you how excited I am to be able to share th..."

Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Blogging for Orphans

I have teamed up with Lifesong to highlight their orphan care projects.

I hope you enjoy reading about them. Please lift them up in prayer as they come to mind.

They sat in the studio with an expectant glow as they spoke about their children they had yet to meet, but who they claimed as their very own...

Josh: "As unbelievers, we are aliens.  We are strangers.  We are separated from God.  But God has come in and adopted us, through Christ, to be in His family."
Jenn: "And we're just so thrilled that our family can be a picture of that to the world!  And just like we would never question our true son-ship to God the Father, it's been an encouragement to us to think about, we really don't have to question whether these kids are our true children... cause they are!"
When Josh and Jenn Philpot felt God's nudging toward adoption they weren't sure where they would get the money.  They received a matching grant through the Orphan Care Alliance (OCA), turning the $6,000 they had raised into $10,000, and making it possible for them to bring home not just one child but two!

OCA is a multi-church alliance in the Louisville/Southern Indiana area.  Adoption funding is just one part of their ministry.  Their many outreaches include recruiting and training foster parents, mentoring local foster children, assistance for local churches in launching orphan ministries, international orphan care, and more!  They are also a part of Lifesong's Outside the Walls Network, which connects churches to serve orphans more powerfully together than they could on their own.

OCA Mission Moments from Lifesong for Orphans on Vimeo.

Thursday, February 17, 2011

Remembering Jacob

8 years ago, I was forever changed.

After such a trying pregnancy, the Lord saw fit to let my son be born alive into my arms and within hours welcome him into His.

Our son is in heaven with Jesus and for that we rejoice. But my heart aches for him and I am sure it always will.

Thursday, February 10, 2011

Created for Care 2011

Wednesday, February 9, 2011

Sitting at the foot of the cross

That is what I did for 48 hours this past weekend.

It's hard to even put it into words.

For those of you who don't know, I heard about this retreat back in the fall. We had recently began our journey towards adoption, so it seemed like a great opportunity for me. I only knew one person who was going to the retreat, didn't know how I would get there or who I would room with. But hubby and I felt strongly that God was calling me to go, so I signed up.

God worked out the details, of course. I hitched a ride, roomed with people that I didn't know and had one of the most amazing weekends of my life.

In the week leading up to the retreat, we had some major decisions about our adoption. Not quite ready to share yet, but trust me when I say, GOD IS MOVING!!!!

The retreat was like nothing I have ever experienced. Andrea is a precious adoptive mom who had a calling from God to serve and be served. She prayed that 25 women who attend this retreat. God multiplied her request and she had to cut off registration at 250!!!! I felt like my heart would burst being with 250 women who "get it." Who see the world like I see it. Who have a heart for adoption.

The weekend greatly surpassed my expectations. I thought that I would love it, but I didn't realize how much it would strengthen my relationship with the Lord. From the speakers to the worship times to my "date" with God, I could feel the presence of the Holy Spirit and I knew God was in the house!

Ladies came from all over the country to attend. My sweet roommates were from New Mexico!!

I made connections, friends and most of all rested in the presence of my father. In another post, I will try to convey some of what we learned. But for now, rest assured, I am still on the mountain.

Friday, February 4, 2011

Created for Care

My heart is rejoicing as I am heading to Created for Care, an Christian retreat for adoptive moms. This week has brought some decisions in our adoption journey, and God's timing is so perfect to offer me the joy of being with 250 moms this weekend who share my heart for adoption.

"Even the sparrow has found a home, and the swallow a nest for herself, where she may have her young--a place near your altar, O LORD Almighty, my King and my God." Psalm 84:3