Wednesday, February 23, 2011

Sacrifice On Behalf Of Others.

When I think of sacrifice the first thing that comes to mind is Jesus. His sacrifice on the cross for me. His complete surrender to Gods plan for our redemption. Recently I've gotten this on a new level. A level that has left me weeping many, many times.

As I was talking with the Lord recently I was trying to articulate my own personal struggles as I talked with Him (sometimes whined with Him) and in that He gently reminded me of what He's doing in my life. He's redeeming me, He's molding me, He's making me more like Him. That is going to take a lot of work lemme tell ya. I love my King and while I deeply desire to live my life completely sold out for Him I have a long way to go.

Through this adoption process, fund raising, and all that goes with it God has used people to speak to my heart in ways they probably don't even know. Ways that have humbled me, brought me to my knees, and left me in a state of repentance from my own doubt, selfishness, and whining. I want to sacrifice in ways that hurt. I want to sacrifice on behalf of others. I have seen what their sacrifice has meant to me, to my children, to our family, and our daughter.

I've had people write me sharing they felt led to take back their Christmas gifts in order to give more on behalf of our daughter. People that worked their tails off to earn some extra money on behalf of our daughter. Friends that gave up their time to gather items for a yard sale, on behalf of our daughter. Kids that have given up their hard earned money, on behalf of our daughter. Watching our own children work tirelessly to help bring their sister home. We're not in this alone and that we know. We aren't working ourselves to exhaustion alone. We have people sacrificing on our behalf, working on our behalf, loving our daughter, loving us, all for the glory of our King. We get to benefit from the overflow of His great love for us demonstrated by others. Above all else there is nothing more that David and I want then for God to be glorified through our lives, our adoption, our family. This is not about us. This is about God and His glory.

We are so beyond blessed to be at this point. So close to being funded. Thank you for being a part of this journey with us.

We love because He first loved us. 1 John 4:19

In you the orphan finds mercy. Hosea 14:3


Meyerdrk said...

;-) You are loved, my friend! Our Father has it nailed already in more ways than one. Keep casting your cares on Him, knowing He cares for you!

We Are Family said...

I so understand this. I am amazed by Jesus every day! And every day I fall short. He is merciful and Oh so faithful! God Bless you my friend.

Jodi Queenan Artist copyright 2011 said...

... such a heart felt post.... ... . . .

Kelly said...

... God remains faithful!! Keep running the race!!

Andrea said...

The journey is so amazing. We are sitting on the waitlist and have already been blown away by God. He has moved mountains to get us to this point. How great is he. Great post!