Monday, August 22, 2016

Happy 1st birthday Abraham

You know how sometimes God asks you to do the very thing that scares you the most?  You know how we sometimes say stuff like, "I want to let God be in control, really I do. 
 But what if God makes me do this or that?"
Then realizing what we've done, we look up to the sky or wherever it is we think God is listening and we say, " Just kidding, God," because we know the minute we tell God what we don't want to do, it's as if God takes special note of that and somehow works it into our lifetime schedule of events.
We talk about God sized dreams a lot in our family and sometimes I get lost in the dreamy prospects of the thing.  But if I'm honest, I have to tell you that a God sized dream will push you to the very edge of your comfort zone.  And it won't always stop there.

Here's the thing about the terrifying parts of following God and those God sized dreams.  Even though you're so afraid, you think you might pass out or even throw up at the same time, right where you stand, God is good , and God is in control.  
God has a plan, and God invites us to join him on the journey of seeing that plan come to pass.  God wants us to be part of making that happen.  I think, sometimes, it's as if God is jumping on a trampoline.  He's having so much fun, he wants to share the joy, so God reaches out a hand and says, "come join me."

Some of us climb up next to god right away, others calculate the risk and hang back a little.  Then there are some of us who have to be pushed up onto the trampoline from behind-our friends cheering us on as we take unsteady steps across the trampoline's bouncy bed.  No matter how we get there, there comes a point where passing out and throwing up seem to be the only options. 

That's how I felt when we got the call about Abraham. Really?  Us?  This has been something he put on our hearts 6 years ago?  Now?  We have no money and a ton of medical debt and we have a few hours to give you an answer?  

All I can tell you with absolute clarity that God is faithful.  What God begins, God will see through to the end.  God's dreams and invitations are spectacular.  They catapult you beyond your wildest imagination and leave you trying to catch your breath.
You might want to pass out, run, or throw up.  You might find yourself looking for a way out.  But hang in there.  Keep pressing on.  God isn't finished, yet. 


This has been one wild journey but so worth it in every way.

Little Abraham joining our family. 

God has moved mountains and dug some deep trenches.
The mercies of God cannot and will not fail and his faithfulness is unwavering.

Every sunrise proves the burn of his passionate heart.
 God is completely amazing!
When we are weak, our God is strong.
He makes beautiful things out of us.
During those difficult times we grow.
 Each new challenge builds strength and character.
These are the moments that make it all worth it.  These are the moments that I hold on to.


 All of you being a part of Abraham's journey.
Undone thinking about the beauty that is this little life that we live each and every day.


 Thank you for all the prayers, donations, gifts and love you've given him and for being part of his journey!
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