Awesome new song by Audio Adrenaline-“Kings and Queens” Saw this the same day that I read from Isaiah 49:22-23 “This is what the Sovereign Lord says: See, I will beckon to the Gentiles, I will lift up my banner to the peoples; they will bring your sons in their arms and carry your daughters on their shoulders. Kings will be your foster fathers, and their queens your nursing mothers…..Then you will know that I am the Lord; those who hope in Me will not be disappointed.”
Worlds away…but on my heart and mind. I don’t have time for a whole post on what many Eastern European orphans are facing, but I want to post this blog post from a woman’s blog that I follow. Most orphans with disabilities will spend their first few years of life in a “baby house”..sometimes these are decent, sometimes these are awful. But when they graduate from the baby house, they are put in a mental institution with children ranging from ages 6-18, and some are put in adult mental institutions. And there, if they don’t die at a young age, they will live out their days in a crib, bedridden, or spend all their waking hours in sheds and cages. It’s incomprehensible to me that this is happening…worlds away, but right before our eyes. Another time, I will write how God has broken my heart for them and opened my eyes to a world that I didn’t know existed. But now I know. And I wrestle with how this is happening. I pray, I cry, I donate, I advocate, and I ask God how He wants me to respond. I love the tangible ways that my friend, Natalie, in the Ukraine, gives for us to love these forgotten ones. Right now she is raising money to plant 200 apple trees on the land where adult orphans live who have mental disabilities. They absolutely LOVED the apples she brought to them and that prompted her to have the idea to plant apple trees there so they will always have a supply of them. Such a simple pleasure and something that is so easy for us to give to. It is only $5-$10 dollars to donate a tree. You can find a chip-in button to donate on this woman’s blog at http://covenantbuilders.blogspot.tw/ My friend Natalie in Ukraine also blogs at http://blogging4theleastofthese.tumblr.com/.
Apples, something so simple, something we take for granted, but a treasure to these men…and something that we, worlds away, can be a part of.
The title of my blog is inspired by James 4 and the tattoo on my wrist. I got a tattoo about 2 years ago with my mom and my sisters (my mom’s idea!:)…one sister is still contemplating what tattoo to get:)). I wanted something that would be a reminder to myself not to be anxious, to depend on God. But I couldn’t put “Do not be anxious”…too long. And I didn’t want to write a Scripture reference like Philippians 4:6-7, because that wouldn’t spark any conversations with people who don’t know God..most likely people would just see it and think “Bible verse” and not care to ask what it was about. We had just attended a session at the Shine women’s conference we were at in Florida, and Christine Cain was one of the main speakers. She spoke about our lives being a mist, a vapor. And she used a bottle of hairspray to illustrate her point, spraying it each time she said something that many of us so often worry about (like what house to buy, etc). Every time she would spray it, she would say “vapor.” And that is what I decided to get as my tattoo. It encompassed everything I was trying to say and wanted to remind myself of. Our lives are a mist, here today and gone tomorrow. I want to be focused on the things unseen, the things of God, the things of eternity. I want to cast all my anxieties on Him. I want to be dependent on Him. And I want Him to continue to lift the earthly veil over my eyes little by little (can’t handle too much at one time!:)) so that I can see with His eyes, more and more clearly, and love with His love. James 4:13-15 says, “Now listen, you who says, ‘Today or tomorrow we will go to this or that city, spend a year there, carry on business and make money.’ Why, you do not even know what will happen tomorrow. What is your life? You are a mist that appears for a little while and then vanishes. Instead, you ought to say ‘If it is the Lord’s will we will live and do this or that.'” And, more than once, Clive has pointed to my tatoo or said “vapor” when I am starting to freak out about something totally not worth being anxious about. And the words “And the things of earth will grow strangely dim in the light of His glory and grace” could not be more true.
Here is the introduction video of our non-profit ministry: Pregnancy Support Center.
I have caved and decided to follow through with my desire to start a blog… it feels weird to join the blogging world after a year of enjoying reading so many others’! Over the last year He has been molding my heart and changing me more than ever before and now I can’t help but talk about His goodness, and the adventure of a life followed after Him.