I know you all are busy preparing for feasts and family gatherings and have many things to do other than read our blog, but I wanted to update while this rejoicing was bubbling up and over in my heart.
This day itself is one of wonder. Just the fact that I have been redeemed by a King willing to put himself in the body of a babe…who would do all things human. This humility, this love….would seem enough. Yet there was more. He grew, taught, healed, and in the place of every murderer, adulteress, angry soul, liar, abuser, betrayer….every sinner. He took the blows that bloodied him beyond recognition, then willingly put himself upon the cross. There conquering death…so that it could no longer condemn us in our sin. He offered His blood as a covering and cloak upon the shoulders of all who would ask.
And it didn’t end there.
If He had done all this, then had taken a seat upon the Kingly throne he justly deserved, and never did anything else. It would seem enough. More than enough.
But that wasn’t all.
He beckoned us. To have an intimate, daily fellowship with Him. One that would fill us, giving us EVERY bit of HIS goodness and love. He chose not a distant Kingly status….but asked to come into the very heart of any man, woman or child who would come.
And still….He wasn’t done.
He came. He healed. He died. He filled. Then….
What astounds me the most is He chose to use those willing, earthly, vessels as HIS very hands and feet.
So he came. He healed. He died. He filled. He poured through. Then finally….
The Messiah and Creator of the Universe…the KING himself….. asks and desires to be daily involved in every nook of my heart, each moment of my day, every thought, decision, and relationship. He wants to bestow all his goodness to make the mundane daily tasks along with the great callings upon our lives….glorious!!! He wants to not only be involved, be He teaches us how to overcome by being clothed in the armor He offers.
What glory bestowed upon earthy, once broken vessels.
I sit in hushed wonder today. That He would do this for me…for my family. For our adopted children. And to think….He isn’t finished yet!!! WOW!!
Today has been a day of reflection and rejoicing over all HE is, has done, and every promise we have seen fulfilled. There were so many steps of faith, many without any feelings, taken to get us to Hudson and Wesley.
To think at any one of those moments we could’ve backed out in fear…makes me shudder. It’s what the enemy, Satan, would’ve ravished. He is a sore looser and knows that JESUS has already defeated him!! Even though we may walk through the valley of the shadow of death….we have the victory because we can rest in the love of our great Father that cannot be taken away! “I will fear NO EVIL!”
As I read the Christmas story over the last few days. I was struck by how many times during this beautiful story of life coming to earth…that humans were told “Fear NOT!” Why? I’m realizing fear chokes out the plan God is desiring to fulfill. But Oh how HIS “perfect LOVE casts OUT FEAR! “There is no fear in love; but perfect love casteth out fear: because fear hath torment. He that feareth is not made perfect in love.” I John 4:18
This fear tried to capsize our family in China, but holding onto His promises kept us steady. And today we saw the vision God gave me before even leaving for China….. come to life ….
the vision of two little boys in their Christmas pajamas…..
The Spirit of the Lord God is upon me; because the Lord hath anointed me to preach good tidings unto the meek; he hath sent me to bind up the brokenhearted, to proclaim liberty to the captives, and the opening of the prison to them that are bound; To proclaim the acceptable year of the Lord, and the day of vengeance of our God; to comfort all that mourn;
To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion, to give unto them beauty for ashes, the oil of joy for mourning, the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness; that they might be called trees of righteousness, the planting of the Lord, that he might be glorified. And they shall build the old wastes, they shall raise up the former desolations, and they shall repair the waste cities, the desolations of many generations.
For your shame ye shall have double; and for confusion they shall rejoice in their portion: therefore in their land they shall possess the double: everlasting joy shall be unto them.
I will greatly rejoice in the Lord, my soul shall be joyful in my God; for he hath clothed me with the garments of salvation, he hath covered me with the robe of righteousness, as a bridegroom decketh himself with ornaments, and as a bride adorneth herself with her jewels. For as the earth bringeth forth her bud, and as the garden causeth the things that are sown in it to spring forth; so the Lord God will cause righteousness and praise to spring forth before all the nations.
And if after all that we’ve been given wasn’t enough…
We were gifted today with an adoption video for Wesley and Hudson. My sister DeAnna and her husband worked tirelessly on our home while we were gone, and somehow my sister managed to make a video for us. I sat and cried a river as I watched it. I cannot think of a better way to sit and celebrate the promises God has fulfilled and have come to life before us..
We will treasure this Christmas gift always.
This will be a Christmas we will never forget. When God brought us home… When Satan tried to threaten to separate us with 4,000+ miles, he did not prevail and cannot over any child of God!!
What a day of rejoicing it has been!!! We pray this same joy fills your hearts and homes to overflowing today!!