If you have visited here before, you can probably see that I have changed the name of the blog again. I started blogging at 4URuthie to tell the story of our journey to adopt our 1st daughter. I changed it to Mountains for Maggie when we were praying for God to move mountains on behalf of our 2nd daughter. Well now it is no longer just Ruthie’s or Maggie’s stories. It is now our family's story, and the stories of those we share life with, as we Conquer Mountains together. Both ConqueringMountains.net and 4URuthie.blogspot will lead here.

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I am a pastor's wife, mother of 4 kids (2 adopted and 3 with special needs), physical therapist, and photography junky. This is where it all comes together for me. Feel free to join along as I process life out loud.

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Beyond Our Hopes and Dreams

I was listening to the radio on the way to work yesterday and they played a short segment on the family.  The minister told a story about how he and his wife made a list of all their hopes and dreams early on in their marriage and then gave that list over to Christ as a symbol that their life was in His hands.  Decades later they looked at that list again and were amazed at how a life turned over to Christ yielded much more than they could have ever hoped for or dreamed of.

I so get that!  If you would have asked me last year what I hoped for 2010, I would have NEVER thought of the things that God has given us.  I would have asked for things like a slow down in Jack's condition, but wouldn't have imagined a new diagnosis with available treatment.  I would have hoped to use my PT skills for ministry opportunities but couldn't have imagined a life changing trip to Haiti.  I would have loved some time to practice photography more but would have never fathomed a photography business and ministry.  Oh and this Weather Channel blessing- obviously would have never thought of that one either.

So yes I loved what that minister had to say because I agree that a life in God's hands is much more fulfilling than one we could have created on our own.

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