Thursday, October 18, 2012

The Fathers heart

Recently I had one of those moments where God just stopped me in my tracks and reminded me of His heart. You know how it is..some days life just gets so busy we default to survival mode..trying to get everything done before we run out of time. So typical of our American life. At least typical of mine sometimes. Then God so faithfully answers the prayer we have been praying.."Help us to love the things You love, God".

Here's how it happened. Ivy stopped me in the middle of my cleaning and said, "Mommy, why did you love Ivy and go get me from China?" I sat down and shared with her how God loves her and has a special plan for her life. I explained that God spoke to us and told us that there was a special little girl in China who needed a family and she needed someone to teach her about God. In typical Ivy fashion she inquired, " Did God come here and tell you or did He call you on the phone?" I proceeded to explain to the best of my ability how God speaks to us  through the Bible and through prayer. She paused and said so seriously, "But Mommy, there are lots of children in China who don't have a family." I sat down and cried. Yes, I remember their faces. I remember the smells. I could never forget. But I do forget, temporarily. Thank you, God, for another reminder of the orphans you love. Another reminder of the utter meaninglessness of so many things we pursue and spend time on. God, break my heart for the things that break yours. And once again, Thank you for our littlest daughter who continually reminds us of Your Heart. Happy Sixth Month Gotcha Day, Ivy Ruth.

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