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The Word on Wednesday-Ephesians 1:3-5

 “Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, Who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, just as He chose us in Christ before the foundation of the world to be holy and blameless before Him in love. He destined us for adoption as His children through Jesus Christ, according to the good pleasure of His will.”~Ephesians 1:3-5

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We are blessed in Christ with every spiritual blessing. Can you imagine that? Every spiritual blessing. Our God has withheld nothing from us! I think it is we who don’t grasp the blessings, but choose to dwell in darkness and sin instead of reaching for the light.

Isn’t it also amazing that God has adopted us? And that He chose us before the foundation of the world? We have always been a part of His vision for the world! Our God is not far off, but we can have a personal relationship with Him! We can call our God, “Abba,” Daddy! And He even sent Jesus Christ, His only begotten Son, to live among us as one of us. It was the good pleasure of His will that we would be adopted through Jesus Christ. He takes delight in us. 

(These 3 verses pack a lot in and whole books could probably be written on they alone! Any other thoughts?)

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Miracles of Motherhood

God likes to blow us away with miracles of motherhood. Infertility is so common in the Bible, not only a modern day trial. God performs many miracles and gives the childless a child. Not only that, but God performs a complete miracle to send His only Son to Earth! Jesus Christ is conceived by the power of the Holy Spirit!

There are many women longing for the gift of a husband and children. God’s word speaks to every generation. I believe that the miracles God performed in the Bible relating to motherhood can give hope to today’s generation. Infertility is sadly a very common cross. Additionally, women are getting married older than ever, which can cause some panic regarding the ability to attain pregnancy. Sometimes women feel they have waited too long for a spouse, and with relation to their “biological clock,” settle on the next best person to come along. Waiting on God’s best usually doesn’t come in our timing and can cause fear about the ability to have children. Take heart at the esteem that God has for motherhood, and the miracles the LORD has done for so many women in granting them their heart’s desire.       

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  • The following are just a few of the stories of God making women mothers (against the odds) in the Bible.
  • Sarah is the wife of Abraham. She was very advanced in years, well past the age of childbearing. Years earlier, the Lord had made a covenant with Abraham (then Abram), telling him that his descendants would be as numerous as the stars. Nothing seems to happen, and still Sarah and Abraham are childless. One fateful day, three visitors come to visit Abraham. One tells him that they will have a son. Sarah is hidden and listening the conversation. She laughs, thinking it impossible for her to have a child. The Lord tells Abraham: “Is anything too hard for the Lord? I will return to you at the appointed time next year, and Sarah will have a son.” (1 Gen. 18:14) Indeed, the word of God comes true, and Isaac is born. It didn’t matter that Sarah was way past childbearing years. God kept His promise.
  • Hannah is a wife of Elkanah in the first book of Samuel. Elkanah has another wife who has children. As for Hannah, the “Lord had closed her womb.” (1 Sam 1:6)  The other wife taunts Hannah about this, and Hannah herself is absolutely brokenhearted at her inability to have a child.  “In her deep anguish Hannah prayed to the Lord, weeping bitterly.” (1 Sam 1:10) The priest Eli sees Hannah, and thinks she is drunk due to her behavior! That is the extent of her sadness. The priest blesses her and tells her that God will grant her her prayer. The family goes up to worship the next day, and after that husband and wife come together. God opens the womb of Hannah, and she conceives Samuel. Hannah dedicates the child to God. Samuel goes onto become a great man of God.
  • Elizabeth is the wife of Zechariah in the New Testament. Elizabeth was unable to have children. She and Zechariah were very old. An angel appears to Zechariah letting him know that they will have a son named John. “Zechariah said to the angel, “How can I know that what you say is true? I am an old man, and my wife is old, too.” (Luke 1:18) Zechariah is rendered mute until the birth of their son due to his inability to believe. Elizabeth gives birth to John the Baptist, the forerunner of Jesus Christ. (And incidentally, also His cousin!)
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Do you think your motherhood is any less important to God than that of the women in the Bible?  Wait on God, and trust Him! Our miracles aren’t always wrapped up like we want them to be. He will work, though it may not come in the form of a positive pregnancy test. Nowadays it often comes in being led to a child (sometimes halfway across the world) who you just know that God is asking you to raise, or filling the important role of mother for the neighbor down the street without a mother figure. Spiritual motherhood is a vital role that women also fill by their prayers and teaching the Lord’s way by both word and example. (Yes, it is a very important form of motherhood in itself–one not focused on very much.) Believe His word and His promises! Be open to the ways He is working.

“Blessed is she who has believed that the Lord would fulfill his promises to her!”~Luke 1:45

Happy Mother’s Day to all mommas and all those women who are mothers at heart!

“The Drop Box”, and Life Is Precious

I saw “The Drop Box.”

A pastor and his flock  in Seoul, South Korea, began to notice abandoned children. Some people would leave children outside their door. He realized that they had to do something, or the children could die. They had heard about another country having a heated box in which parents could place their babies instead of abandoning them. On the other side of the box, nurses and doctors were available to receive the baby. Pastor Lee built one of these “baby boxes.” Since then, he and his family, as well as  church staff and volunteers, have received hundreds of children. They care for these children with great love. The first thing Pastor Lee does when he takes a child from the box is to hold them close, and pray over them.

Pastor Lee’s work of caring for these children, many with disabilities, reveals God’s love for us. God adopts us, and loves us, unconditionally.  Every life is precious to Him–no matter what. To the world, these children may be nothing. Most of them won’t go to college, or have a successful career. In fact, many of them will be cared for their entire lives. To their birthparents, they were a burden to “get rid of.” But Pastor Lee helps us to remember the value and beauty of these children. Though they will never be “normal” according to societal standards, they are loved by God. They are loved by many others, too. These children reveal to us many things about ourselves and life. You may not expect it, but often they are very happy and smiley! They have joy just because they are alive. Because truly, every life is such a gift!

There are families committing to a life of loving these children with special needs, but the finances can be quite a barrier to adoption. Thankfully, there are organizations able to help these families with the burden.

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Sweet Benji is one child who has quite a bit of money toward his adoption!

You can also help support Pastor Lee’s work, as well as a United States fund for families working to adopt domestically, through the Global Orphan Care Fund.

Please pray for Pastor Lee and his work. Pray for the children all around the world who are waiting on their forever families. Pray for parents facing difficult pregnancies, that they may have the courage to choose life. And pray that they may have the courage to place their child with a family who will love them and be able to handle their unique needs, if that is the best option.

7 Organizations to Support

Prayer, fasting, and almsgiving are three focuses of the season of Lent. Tithing and almsgiving are a focus of the Christian life in general. Are you wondering about some organizations that you could help to support this Lent and beyond? Here is a compilation of 7 organizations to start with. Praise God, there are many more beyond this one!

1. Kiva. Kiva is pretty much one of the coolest things ever. People from around the world are looking to start or expand businesses to help support their families, often in impoverished regions. Some people are hoping for money for education. You can sort through countries or types of businesses/causes and choose a person to loan money to. As long as you don’t “dedicate” the donation to someone using the option on Kiva (for example, dedicating a donation to your mom), then once the person repays their loan, you will get to use that money again to loan it to someone else! It’s a gift that keeps on giving–forever!

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(I loaned money to this guy from Kenya. His name is David and the purpose of the loan was to help him improve & expand his dairy business. Picture from the Kiva website.)

2. Live ActionLive Action seeks to expose the racism, misinformation, condoning and cover-up of sex trafficking, and other huge problems rampant within the abortion industry–notably, within Planned Parenthood. These atrocities are even paid for by American tax dollars! The brave souls with Live Action perform undercover investigations in order to get to the truth of the matter. In the process, they are saving the lives of unborn children and better preserving the futures of women (and men) who would be hurt by sex trafficking and abortion.

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(Lila Rose, the founder of the organization. She is an amazing woman, and I have been blessed to meet her!)

3. International Justice MissionHuman trafficking and slavery is unfortunately happening all over the world today. IJM rescues victims of human trafficking/slavery, and also works to improve the response of the justice system in these situations.

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(Check out their Facebook page for stories of people rescued and updates on the great work they are doing!)

4. ChaliceChalice is a Catholic program that allows you to sponsor a child for $33 a month. The money provides educational support, nutrition and medical care, as well as other possible needs of the child and family.

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(Angelica is one of the children listed on the website in need of sponsorship. She is a 10-year old girl from Philippines and lives in the slums.)

5. Iraqi Christian Relief CouncilAbout 1 million Assyrian (Iraqi) Christians have been forced to become refugees. If they do not change their religion to Islam, they are forced to pay hefty fees or risk being killed. They have been strong, paying the high price of leaving their homes and businesses and essentially becoming homeless, in order to keep their precious faith. This organization provides supplies to these families who have been forced to leave their homes, so that they may have access to food, medical care, shelter, and other basic needs.

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(Mattresses are one of the many basic needs that have been provided by donations.)

6. FlowerFundThis organization allows you to donate to different causes that further the New Evangelization. For example, a church could use it to raise money for a special project. One current project is raising money to get books into the hands of women in crisis pregnancies. Another project is raising money for a new vehicle for a family so that the father can get to work. He was hit by someone with no insurance and the family vehicle was totalled.

(The car after the accident.)

7. Reece’s Rainbow. This organization helps families adopt children with special needs–children that otherwise would likely be institutionalized for the rest of their lives. There are many families who are opening their hearts to the beauty of adoption. For many families, the only barrier is financial. This family has recently made the courageous decision to adopt, again! They have a few months to raise about $20,000. I am confident that if the Body of Christ comes together, they can reach this goal and bring sweet baby Truman home!

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(Russ is one of the children listed on the website. He needs to be adopted, pronto, by the end of the month! Otherwise he will be transferred to an institution.)

Are there any other organizations that you know of that are making a huge difference in this world? I would love to hear about them! There are so many people working to make a better world, and our circumstances don’t always allow us to be “out in the field,” so to speak. The good news is that we can pray and support these causes with our hard-earned dollars!

Mother’s Day & Mother Mary

A very happy Mother’s Day to all mothers! Please remember to pray for those women who are trying to have children but have been unable to due to infertility or failed adoptions, as well as other circumstances. Also remember those who have lost their mothers. This can be a difficult day for many.

ImageBesides the woman who gave birth to us, we have a heavenly mother. Catholics place a huge emphasis on Mary, the Mother of Jesus. She is, after all, the one whom God chose to give birth to His Son–to God Incarnate! That’s a huge deal. And Jesus gave her to the disciples, and consequently, to us, as He hung on the cross. Despite this, it can still be difficult for some of us to wrap our minds around devotion to Mary. A few months ago, I was able to view the film “Mary of Nazareth.” My devotion to Mary has been forever changed. Yes, really, the movie was that good! While I’m sure not everything was totally accurate, it really helped me to visualize the woman Mary was. I saw her deep faith against all odds, the scrutiny she faced for saying “yes” to God, resulting in pregnancy out of wedlock, and the connection and intense love and trust she had for the Lord. Her love for all others along her path was also evident, including those society detested. Mary was an absolutely amazing woman, and she loves all of us and hopes for us to know her Son. She is constantly interceding for us! Check out the film if there is a screening near you.

Holy Mary, Mother of God, pray for us sinners now and at the hour of our death. Amen.