"But God, being rich in mercy, because of the great love with which he loved us, even when we were dead in our trespasses, made us alive together with Christ - by grace you have been saved - and raised us up with him and seated us with him in the heavenly places in Christ Jesus, so that in the coming ages he might show the immeasurable riches of his grace in kindness toward us in Christ Jesus." Ephesians 2:4-9
We love to look back from time to time at pictures and videos of our earlier days as a family (which, consequently, began to grow just eight years ago!). It's easy to forget what life was like those first days, weeks, and months at home. Some of you may not realize, or perhaps have forgotten like we sometimes do, that none of our children spoke English! When Eyasu (a.k.a. Joshua) arrived, he began learning English from his Ukrainian siblings who themselves spoke a broken Russian-English language with a Mississippi accent. You never knew what would come out of Joshua's mouth (still don't - ha!). Here's a favorite clip of those earlier days...
As you may be aware, there are currently delays in the adoption process in Ethiopia. Thirty families have already passed court and over 200 families are currently in the middle of their adoption process. Here are some easy action steps to advocate on behalf of the fatherless in Ethiopia and their forever families:
Here is a blog I wrote some time ago that was recently posted on the SEBTS Women's Life webpage. You can read additional posts from some others ladies here.
Tune My Heart to Sing Thy Grace: Worship as ObedienceOne of my favorite hymns is Come Thou Fount of Every Blessing. The hymn writer beautifully pens this anthem of grace and call to praise of the One whose streams of mercy are never ceasing.
Come, Thou Fount of every blessing
Tune my heart to sing Thy grace;
Streams of mercy, never ceasing,
Call for songs of loudest praise.
Teach me some melodious sonnet,
Sung by flaming tongues above.
Praise the mount! I’m fixed upon it,
Mount of Thy redeeming love.
Sadly, we often sing this hymn, and others, mindlessly. Who is this Fount of Every Blessing? Why do we need to have our hearts tuned to sing His grace?
Worship is so much more than singing songs on Sunday. Worship is a lifestyle of obedience. Paul reminds us of the work of the cross in 2 Corinthians 5:14-15, “For the love of…