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.
Wednesday, July 31, 2013
I say yes.
Here are my reasons....
Repairing my wife's heart after such an attachment is much like landing a man on Jupiter tomorrow, using only a paperclip, bedsheet, baking soda, and a script from MacGyver.
We're at the point on our insurance where we pay the same amount no matter how many kids we have: too much. What's one more?
Children weigh less than the souvenirs she would have brought home. Translation: no overage charges on the airline weight limits.
Children need homes. We have one. Even if it means my bed becomes the leaky inflatable lounger in the pool - I can tether myself to the shallow end.
One life. That's all we have. Every so often, it's good to ride on a van with no A/C and a driver who smokes like wet wood. Who needs to be comfortable when we have a Kingdom?
Tuesday, July 30, 2013
Monday, July 29, 2013
Sunday, July 28, 2013
Yesterday was rough. It was full of distractions and things to remind us of our humanness.
Pray for today that we will form good relationships with the staff. Pray that they will understand my vision for this seminar.
Pray for good access to the kids.
Pray for that we can lay down our preferences in exchange for perspective and obedience
Saturday, July 27, 2013
Friday, July 26, 2013
Tuesday, July 23, 2013
1. Pray for safe and efficient travels. There are some tight connections so please pray everyone gets where they need to be and on time.
2. Pray for health. There is a stomach-something in my house today so pray I don't get it and it stays away from my team.
3. Pray for our families at home. Trent will have 4 kids by himself so I know he could use your prayers for all kinds of things.
4. Please pray for my teaching time with the orphanage workers. I am going to be teaching them physical therapy techniques specific for their population. Pray that my translator is able to communicate the material as needed and that the nannies absorb the information and apply it to the children.
5. Pray that we are able to take pictures while at the orphanage. Several children have been placed for adoption from my Bring Me Hope trip 2 years ago and some of my pictures were used to advocate for them. Those images could help a family in the states identify and connect with their future child.
6. Pray for energy. We are going to have some long days and will need extra energy to give the kids our all.
7. Pray for connections. One regret that I have from my previous trip is that I did not allow myself to fully connect with the kids. I don't want to make that mistake again.
Thank you for praying for me and my team. I am taking 2 bags full of hats, flip flops, and baby carriers that many of you have donated. I don't know exactly how the trip is going to go but I do know that many people have already played a role in blessing those kiddos.
Sunday, July 14, 2013
For her special day, we had donuts for breakfast and then went out to celebrate with a mid morning cupcake. Needless to say, we were a bit sugared out.
5 Things about my Ruthie Mei that you might not have known:
1. She would rather play with trains than dolls any day.
2. She is the best swimmer in the family.
3. She loves shoes.
4. We have to call her dresses, "long shirts", or she won't wear them.
5. She won't eat the cupcake but just likes the icing.
Thursday, July 11, 2013
I also got to thinking how it could be said like this too, "Those who serve a big God have small tasks" - not because their tasks are truly small but because their God is so big, they see the tasks as increasingly possible. Now before you go arguing with me, I am not disrespecting those who make great sacrifices for the Gospel. Instead I am saying that what we see as impossible (like selling everything and going to the mission field) may seem huge to us but for them it is doable because their God is that big. Got it?
So let's continue...
I believe having a big God makes your problems and your tasks small for 3 reasons:
1. You lay down your plans for His plans. Think about it, when we are sailing away with our own plans, we have to work really hard to keep them afloat, but when we surrender to His will, the pieces just come together. Likewise, when we encounter problems that are outside of our motion picture of how we thought things should be, we find peace because our God is big and it is not about us. We aren't big. Our plans aren't big. He is big and He will work it out.
2. You have an eternal perspective. When I consider a line that runs from the beginning of time to all eternity, my life marked on that line is not even visible! What God calls me to and what He allows me to walk through in the here and now is like a single grain of sand in the desert. It is so small! I am going to spend eternity with Christ. So what was I worried about again?
3. You serve a Redeemer. This is my favorite part perhaps because I mess up a lot. I chase my own dreams, run hard after my motion pictures of how things should be, and sometimes get a little over dramatic when things don't go my way or on my timetable. But you know what? My God is so much bigger than all of those things that He can still redeem it for my good and His purposes. When things don't go as I thought they should, He still has it under control. When Satan comes in and throws things off, God still redeems it for His glory. A small God sends us spiraling into worry, but a big God has it all under control and is a Redeemer.
Lord may our tasks and our worries be small in light of the truth of your plans and your power.
Sunday, July 7, 2013
It doesn't stop there. Not only does he have a past that could consume him but he also has a very uncertain future. He has no idea where he will be in 6 months or whom he will call mom. He doesn't know where his meals will come from or if someone will treat him unkindly. Strangely enough, he doesn't fret on that either. Again he chooses to embrace the blessings of today. He lives for the moment. Loves without holding back. He finds joy in the here and now.
I could learn a lot from this kid.
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