Thursday, February 28, 2008

Finally! It Came!

My sponsor package for Ivan finally came in the mail yesterday. I am so excited. After ripping open the envelope, my kids and I plopped ourselves down on the living room floor so we could inspect every shred of information about him.

First, I must say, Ivan (and I'm quite positive about this) is the most beautiful boy in the bunch. His eyes are so big and beautiful (have I mentioned that he's beautiful?) and so full of inquisitiveness. I wish I had a huge spendable amount of money so I could fly over to hug him and tell him he is so very loved.

For now I'll just pray for the God who loves him more than I can think or imagine to wrap His arms around my sweet boy and keep him safe.

Hey...as a sidenote...I just want to let ya'll know that being the weirdo that I am, I do check my sitemeter. So I know that at least 4 people read this blog every once in a while. Doesn't sound like a whole lot, but that could be 4 more children being sponsored and prayed for. If you'd like to sponsor a child through Compassion International...please check out the nifty button in my sidebar. If you'd like to know more about my decision to sponsor a child, go here.

Wednesday, February 20, 2008

If You Don't Wanna Know Don't Ask (Nuggets Of Truth And Wisdom From Teen-Agers)

1. 30 is the new 'old.'

As in, "ready for the Hoveround" old.

Notable quote: "I'll settle down when I'm old, you know, like, when I'm 30." - DramaQueen (who is doomed to die at the tender age of 15 from smartaleckitis.)

2. Education is a complete and total waste of time.

Notable quote: "I'm going into the Marines, Mom. Why on earth do I need stuff like Algebra or English???" - Fuddman 13. Hubs then looks at me and says "I told you I wanted to sleep on my side of the bed that night but noooooo....somebody felt a little frisky."

Oh.

Well..I think that's enough for this week.

(Somebody please pray for me or kill me. One of the two.)

Tuesday, February 19, 2008

Hate the Phone...Love the Man

I knew from the first moment that our relationship would not be right for me. From the get go I knew there would be pain, massive amounts of frustration, and possibly some sort of physical injury. I knew this because God, in His infinite wisdom, has seen fit to bestow upon me a weird sense of clarity and foresight that usually only comes to me as I am about to screw up big time.

Unfortunately, as I heard this phrase coming out of my mouth..."I'll take it"... I realized that I have yet to learn to heed this miraculous warning system given to me by the Maker of the Universe.

*sigh*

A powerful sense of loathing came over me as my new phone and I stared each other down. I stood there with it in my hand, the tiny little led screen flashing back at me while the saleslady hastily completed the transaction, her eyes nervously darting back and forth between me and my new "little friend." I think she was afraid I would turn into Naomi Campbell.

Yep...loathing. It's a strong emotion. It comes upon you when you realize the buttons on your new phone are so small that the 7 digits you just tried to dial actually translated into a call to Tanzania.

(Can you say "roaming charges" dear internets???)

It also comes upon you as you spend 30 minutes of precious "me" time erasing the 61 photos your husband took of the inside of his pants pocket. Because the buttons on the phone are too small to be able to enable the security lock. (Ha ha...did you catch that? I just typed "to be able to enable"...ha ha ha...apparently the phone is sucking my miniscule writing talent out of my head...ha ha ha...)

And yes, I get 30 minutes of "me" time every now and again ok? 'Cause I just got it like that a'ight? Which is the reason for point #2 of this post.

I love my man ya'll. The boy is handsome. I'm just sayin'.

And if we ever manage to get the phone out of his pocket before using the camera feature, I might post a pic.

Choosing Ivan

One of the hardest things I've ever had to learn as a Christian is something I'm walking through right now. And...as with almost every issue I have it involves trust.

I had to make a choice. Actually, I had to make two choices. The first choice was to act. My second choice was Ivan.

Ivan Odembo, the newest member of my family. My Compassion child.

Just saying his name somehow fills me with love. I can't explain how I can love someone I've never met, and may quite possibly never meet. I just do.

The crazy thing about choosing Ivan was the fact that I had to choose. Which means, several hundred (possibly thousand) precious children didn't get picked.

Enter the trust issue.

As I clicked on Ivan's picture, forever making him a part of my life, I had to trust that God is sovereign and He knows the needs of all those I was not able choose. I had to trust that He will act on their behalf, and send someone to sponsor them. It's not easy to look past all those faces and pick only one. And those eyes. Heavenly Father, those eyes.

I have to trust that He is in control of their lives. Not me. And here's the difficult part...that it's ok not to be in control. To rest and relax in what tiny part He has given me to do and leave the rest to Him.

That's what I'm learning. And as I write this post I'm trusting that He will move you, dear reader, to act. To choose.

To hear more from others who have chosen to act, go here.

Thursday, February 14, 2008

Happy Valentine's Day!

I don't know who you are. I don't know your kid's names or your family history. Heck, I don't even know where you live.

But I do know one thing.

You are loved.

For all of you out there who have not heard these words today with your physical ears, or felt the warmth of a loving embrace let me encourage you.

You are loved beyond space and time, past human understanding, and without measure.

Nothing you do or don't do can increase or decrease this Love.

It is Eternal, from everlasting to everlasting.

This Love is fearless and is not ashamed of your scars.

Whoever and wherever you are, as you lay your head down tonight, I pray that today of all days, this one thought reverbates throughout your soul and takes root in your heart...

You are loved.

8 ...God is love.
9By this the love of God was manifested in us, that God has sent His only begotten Son into the world so that we might live through Him.
10In this is love, not that we loved God, but that He loved us and sent His Son to be the propitiation for our sins. (1John 4:8-10 NASB)