"i'm the creation, You're the Creator, i am imperfect, You're the Redeemer, i'm filled with questions, You are the Answer, i am a sinner, You are my Savior. You are the One for me. and i belong to You. for the record i'm a full-time failure, You know me better than i know myself." -Mandi Mapes, "You're the one for me"

Thursday, February 17, 2011

be prepared to cry

This post will require a little back story. My cousin's good friend is adopting from Ethiopia (they bring their little Addison home forever tomorrow!). I've been reading her blog, because its really exciting to see people I know going through adoption. They have a little side roll of other Ethiopian blogs, which I perused through. I found one I loved (it looked pretty), and I followed their story. These people (dunlapadoption.com) are actually people from NAshville, the father is a pastor at Green Hills. Again, really cool to see it.
I was talking to my mentor about my new obsession with these adoption blogs. I would seriously spend hours going through and reading the entire thing to hear all the stories. I said that I realize I'm not in this stage, but its cool. I've always had a heart for adoption, in a weird way. It's hard to describe, but its totally God.
So I again kept roaming around blog land. I happened upon this blog a few times, from very different blogs, kissesfromkatie.blogspot.com  I skipped over it the first few times. Today I found it again, happenstancely, and read one of her posts about adoption. However, there are some things you should know about Katie before we get any farther. Katie is 21/22 (not totally sure as of this moment) living in Uganda, and the MOTHER to 14 little girls. YEah you read that right. she's their mother. She also started a ministry providing sponsorship, education, food ect. to 400 children. She's 21. I was blown away. Talk about someone who is listening to the Lord, and completely following through. THere are some incredible stories I've read from her, but what truly broke me was this video:

Did you watch it. both of them? did you cry? Because i surely did. bawled my eyes out sitting in my dorm room in the dark. 

There are still lots of thoughts about this, but the statement, "If you believe all in the Bible, what does your life show about it?" has been hitting me over and over again since I first heard it at Passion. Jesus calls us to care for the widowed and orphaned (James 1:27). He's demanded it of us. But do we do it? I know I don't. I
m too young, too poor, what can i really do. This 21 year old follower has listened to God, and her obedience is saving lives. God is incredible. 

I hope that one day I can adopt, but right now I can do other things. go on mission trips (16 days!). sponsor a child. you'll find the money. God will provide for his people. 

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