Wednesday, February 15, 2012
We had a sweet and simple Valentine's Day. A quick view of Facebook on the 14th of February will reveal that there are many varied opinions of this day. My feelings are that any day that I can show and tell the people in my life that I love them is a good day indeed. Of course, we should do this every day, but once a year it's fun to make that love a little something special amongst the business of school, work, and activities . We always read 1Corinthians 13 on Valentine's Day. What the Bible says about love and what the world teaches about love are two very different things. The world is all about getting love. The Bible tells us we are to give love. The world tells us loves is conditional. The Bible tells us love bears all things, believes all things, hopes all things, endures all things. Love is forever. Oh, how I hope our children always keep their eyes focused on the ultimate Giver of Love. Jesus. His love is perfect.
Monday, February 13, 2012
Today at a little after 11:00 a.m our sweet son legally went from Li QingHai to Samuel Hudson Li. The Court House and it's atmosphere had a profound effect on our sweet boy. This was the first time he had been in a government building since coming home from China. The official looking and sounding people had him really, really afraid. He was trying to bury his little body into mine and every now and then he would whisper in my ear, "Mama and Sam-Sam go home?" We really think he was afraid we were going to hand him over and walk away. Ironically, it was during the moments that we were standing before the judge and promising that we would never leave him and care for him always. We promised him an inheritance and a future of love and education. I couldn't help but think how much I am like that with my relationship with God. When I find myself in a situation where I am confused and unsure of what is happening or when I don't understand my circumstances, I begin to wonder if God is there. Is He going to leave me? Is He going to hand me over and walk away? Fear sets in, and I am paralyzed to see the One who has it under control. The Word has so many precious promises of God and His faithfulness to never leave and forsake us. He knew we would have doubt and fear, and He wants nothing more than for us to cling to Him in those times. Through Jesus' death and resurrection we have been adopted into God's family. He is our Abba, Father who walks with us always. He has promised us an inheritance, and a hope, and a future. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons,[a] neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8:38- 39
Monday, February 06, 2012
We had a very fun, but busy Saturday! Several of the children had a 5k race while our son and ad some of our elder children had TKD. Our son was testing and our elder children were judging the competition. It was a little hectic as Jim had to work, but with God's grace we did it all, and didn't get lost. Although, I did spend quite a bit of time talking smack to the GPS and it's recalculating self. Am I the only one who has a love hate relationship with this little piece of technology? They all did so well!