Archives for May 2013

Heart for Adoption

Adoption has been on my mind a lot lately.  Some of my dearest friends have recently brought home sweet little children from across the ocean.  I also have close friends who are clinging to the picture they have of their precious child they haven’t yet met, but yearning to hold them in their arms.  Others are waiting to be matched with a birthmother here in the states.  It has been a season of celebrating children uniting with their forever families and dropping to our knees as we beg for healing of a little one who is sick far away or for paperwork to go through.

Below are friends of ours who recently adopted their youngest daughter and are waiting to travel to get another little girl!  Love them!

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I also watched the live webcast of the 10 year anniversary celebration of Show Hope. Steven Curtis Chapman and his wife Mary Beth started it to help families with their adoption expenses.  It was so encouraging to see the work they have done for orphans in China.  They have given over 4,000 grants to families who are adopting…so amazing!  (check them out at showhope.org)

And to top it off, I got this in the mail this week.  It’s a t-shirt designed by a family in Ohio who is raising money to adopt a girl from China (check out their blog here:  http://feet2ourfaith.blogspot.com).

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Adoption isn’t easy.  I know it firsthand and know it by watching others.  When a friend confides in me that they feel the call to adopt I feel joyous because of the wonder and miracle of adoption…but I also know for most, they are about to enter one of the most challenging times of their lives.

We adopted our son Cole from Vietnam.  God is so gracious and kind to allow us to share in Cole’s life.  He is a huge blessing and a testimony of God’s faithfulness to our family.  Our journey to adopt Cole definitely had its hurdles…there were times of great stress and disappointment…but it was all totally worth it!  (This was from our first family photo shoot…Cole was so little!)

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A year after we adopted Cole, we completed paperwork and sent it off to Vietnam in order to adopt a second child.  Then Vietnam adoptions were suspended.  We have prayed daily for many years for God to open the doors once again to adopt from Vietnam, but they continue to remain closed.

Last June on our 15th wedding anniversary, my husband Ray and I felt that after years of waiting for Vietnam to reopen, God was calling us to adopt from China.  Since then, we have completed our paperwork and it is logged in China.   We are doing the special needs program and are waiting to be matched with our child.  Again, I am learning to be patient and wait on God’s timing knowing that He already knows who our child is.  I cannot wait to see the child we have been praying and yearning for for so many years!  I also know that once we see the picture of our child, the journey gets a lot harder!

Here’s a pic with my sister who is also expecting her second child!

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One of our greatest blessings in moving to California has been our church family.  Our church has a heart for adoption.  The leadership and congregation just get it.  You see children running around from all different nationalities which is an amazing blessing.  Even those who don’t adopt are still supporting and helping families through the process.

In a couple weeks our church will be hosting an Orphan Care Night.  This is the 3rd year in a row and every year it gets bigger.  It’s not just about adoption…there are many other ways to help orphans .  If you are local, I strongly urge you to come check it out…anyone is welcome to join!  There will be many different orphan ministries represented as well as adoption agencies.  You can meet families who have recently adopted as well as those who are in the process.  There will also be a silent auction benefiting our orphan ministry of our church.  (I have heard that there are a ton of great items!)  Also, Throne of Grace will have a table set up with sales helping benefit our church’s orphan care fund.  It will be an amazing night!

In June we celebrate Cole’s adoption day.  I am so thankful for God allowing Ray and I to experience adoption.  It has taught us so much about how God adopted us as His children and how He gives us the rights and benefits of a true son or daughter.

“In love He predestined us to adoption as sons through Jesus Christ to Himself, according to the kind intention of His will, to the praise of the glory of His grace…”   Ephesians 1: 5-6

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How have you been involved in orphan care?  What lessons have you learned in reaching out to these precious children?  Let us know if you are in the process of adoption…I would love to pray for you and hear your story!

***Faith Bible Church invites you to join us for Orphan Care Night on Sunday, June 9th from 6:30-9:00 p.m. The event will be held at Reverence Bible Church (22081 Hidalgo, Mission Viejo, CA).  ***

Love,deb

Spring Giveaway Winner Announced!

Exciting news, Friends! We have a giveaway winner in our Photo “Journal”ism contest!

Drum roll please…

And the winning photo is…

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Congratulations to Anne, our winning photo “journal”ist! Anne has enjoyed filling the pages of her Legacy Prayer Journal and was hoping to gift a new journal to her sister-in-law. Here is what Anne wrote: “My brother in law recently got married and he and his new wife moved several states away from where she is from. With her family so far away and adjusting to so many new situations, I think a prayer journal would be helpful to her as she can use it to regularly pray for those at home she misses as well as her new husband and other new friends she meets.”

Don’t you love her photo? The two kids in the background are priceless! Anne, we will be in contact to give you an opportunity to select a new Legacy Prayer Journal for your sister-in-law!

If you entered our Spring Giveaway and were hoping for a new Legacy Prayer Journal but did not win…I’ve got good news! TODAY ONLY, all Legacy Prayer Journals are 15% off! Type “IMAWINNER” in the “Message to Seller” box at checkout and the 15% discount will be credited back to you after purchase. Sale ends at midnight, PST, on Tuesday, May 28th!

Blessings,

The Throne of Grace Team

 

Prayer & Praise Monday – Memorial Day, 2013

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Good morning, Prayer Warriors!

In honor of Memorial Day, the day that honors our military heroes who give up their freedom so we can have ours, I’d like to lead you in a special time of prayer. Today our prayers will be focused on the men, women, and families who have sacrificed and served in our U.S. Armed Forces. These special people are in need of our prayers – and praying for them is just about THE best way we can repay the debt we owe!

Please join me in praying these 5 prayers over our American military today:

1. Pray that God will give them eyes to see their circumstances from an eternal perspective.

“Therefore we do not lose heart. Even though our outward man is perishing, yet the inward man is being renewed day by day. For our light affliction, which is but for a moment, is working for us a far more exceeding and eternal weight of glory, while we do not look at the things which are seen, but at the things which are not seen. For the things which are seen are temporary, but the things which are not seen are eternal.” (2 Corinthians 4:16-18 NKJV)

2. Pray that both their needs and the needs of their families will be faithfully met.

“And my God will meet all your needs according to his glorious riches in Christ Jesus.” (Philippians 4:19 NIV)

3. Pray that they will rely daily on the Lord’s strength, wisdom, and power instead of their own.

“He gives power to the weak, and to those who have no might He increases strength. But those who wait on the LORD shall renew their strength; They shall mount up with wings like eagles, they shall run and not be weary, they shall walk and not faint.” (Isaiah 40:29,31 NKJV)

4. Pray God will put a hedge of protection around them and guard them spiritually, physically, and emotionally.

“Fear not, for I have redeemed you; I have summoned you by name; you are mine. When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and when you pass through the rivers, they will not sweep over you. When you walk through the fire, you will not be burned; the flames will not set you ablaze.” (Isaiah 43:1b-2 NIV)

5. Pray that they will be surrounded by godly people who will encourage them with the truth of Christ in word and in deed.

“Let us hold unswervingly to the hope we profess, for he who promised is faithful. And let us consider how we may spur one another on toward love and good deeds. Let us not give up meeting together, as some are in the habit of doing, but let us encourage one another—and all the more as you see the Day approaching.” (Hebrews 10:23-25 NIV)

There are many, many more prayers we can and should be praying for our heroes in the Air Force, Army, Marines, and Navy! If you have a prayer and/or verse to add, please do so by leaving a comment below!

If you’ve been around here for awhile, then hopefully by now you know the heart behind Throne of Grace. And you will also know that we mean no shameless self-promotion when we say that we have some wonderful tools to help you bless our military heroes and their families with prayer! We have prayer card sets for every branch of the military – “How to Pray for Our Military” and “God’s Word for Military Hearts”.

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In honor of our armed services, today through Friday, May 31st, we are offering 15% off of all our military sets! You can find them in our Throne of Grace Shop HERE. Simply type “MILITARY” in the “Message to Seller” box at checkout and 15% off your military sets will be credited back to you after purchase.

Be sure to give the military heroes in your life an extra squeeze and thank you!

By His Grace and for His Glory,molly