Monthly Archives: November 2009

Playing house. . .

I think every parent gets a peak through the window per se into their parenting when their children “play house.”  This is a rather recent playing past time for Fikadu and Tigist and its been wonderful to see it unfold. 

This morning I loved hearing them tell “their children” about God.   Their “daughter” (doll Lisa) had broken her arm and she was scared, and George their “son” (the monkey) was afraid his mommy would die.  The conversation to their children went something along the lines of:

“We are your mommy and daddy and God is very kind to you.  Did you know he is a good shepherd?  He sent Jesus to die on the cross for your sins and rescue you!  You don’t have to be scared anymore.  You can pray and God will help you!  Lets pray and ask God to help us today.”

I still keep thinking what their lives looked like 11 months ago.  I am so blessed.  Many times I think people get it wrong in thinking Joshua and I did some “great thing” in giving a home and family to orphaned children.  The truth is, I think we’ve changed more because of it.  When I think of the most sanctifying seasons on my life this past 11 months has to top all.  You see, I like to “play house” too.  Thinking I control my own little world when in reality I need to remember that God is my “Good Shepherd” and that I can turn to him with all things in prayer.  Perhaps you too need to pray and ask God to help you today, with the faith of a little child.  I’m certainly glad for the reminder.

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What Orphans Need

I loved reading this post from Together for Adoption this morning. . .

What Orphans Need

When Christians are unsure of their Father’s delight in them, real Christian joy is absent and passionate Christian living is lacking. It is almost impossible (if not entirely impossible) to mobilize Christians who doubt that they are objects of God’s affection to care for orphans over the long haul, or at least to mobilize Christians who will serve orphans with unflappable confidence and joy.

When Jesus was about to go public with the mission of God, his Father declared over him, “This is My beloved Son, with whom I am well pleased” (Matthew 3:17). As Scripture makes clear, Jesus had been sent to fulfill the Father’s mission to redeem humanity and renew creation—which includes, by the way, the removal of the word “orphan” from the human vocabulary. The Gospel writers tell us that God’s Son went forward with the mission of his Father in the strength and knowledge of his Father’s delight (Matthew 3:17; Mark 1:11; Luke 3:22).

Dr. C.F.W. Walther, a pastor who lived in the 1800’s, wrote: “Every Christian may apply to himself the declaration of God: ‘This is My beloved Son, in whom I am well pleased.’” As God’s children, not only do we have the privilege of participating in His mission to redeem and renew creation, we also do so in the strength and knowledge of our Father’s delight.

What orphans need are churches that are full of people who wake up each morning hearing these amazing words declared over them. “You are my beloved child, in whom I am well pleased. Yes, you were once without hope and without God in this world, but I have brought you near, embraced you, by the blood of Jesus. Live in my love as you move out in mission.”

If you are a Christian, God declares these amazing words over you. He doesn’t speak them over you because you have earned them. You could never do enough to earn these words of love. God speaks these words over you because of who Jesus is for you.

As I’ve already mentioned, when God the Father spoke these words over His Son (Matthew 3:17), it was the day that Jesus launched his public messianic ministry. As our Messiah, Jesus was the faithful Son who always did the will of his Father. Never once did he disobey or disappoint Him. All of his living, from his birth in the manger to his death on the cross, was perfect in thought, word, deed, and motive. His missional life was perfectly lived, and he lived it as our Messiah. This means, among many other things, that the words that were spoken over him on that wonderful day are also spoken over us today.

Living as Christians in mission—in other words, being the church—involves learning to live each day knowing that God the Father delights in us even as He delights in Jesus. Those who learn to live in the reality of God’s loving pleasure will find that circumstances no longer control them. They find that they are able to deal with the difficulties of a missional life with confidence and humility. To be adopted by God is to enter into a family relationship where all of God’s children are treated even as He treats His Beloved Son. If we are confident that we are being loved by God like this, we will not only desire to love others like we are loved, we will also be empowered to do so.

Imagine the impact that churches would have upon the global orphan crisis if they were filled with people who moved forward in mission in the strength and knowledge of their Father’s delight. Just imagine.

What orphans need are communities of missional Christians (churches) who live in the joy of their Father’s delight.

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My favorite highlights:

” Live in my love as you move out in mission.”  I like how Dan Cruver moves us to not just “live in the love” ourselves but allow this transforming love of God and delight to “move out in mission!”  This is what orphans need.  They need the church that not only “lives in the love” in their comfy multi-million dollar churches, but as Christ transforms them allow that tranformation to extend in missional living.

“To be adopted by God is to enter into a family relationship where all of God’s children are treated even as He treats His Beloved Son. If we are confident that we are being loved by God like this, we will not only desire to love others like we are loved, we will also be empowered to do so.”  The empowerment that comes when we recognizes the love and delight of God in his children (us as true believers) allows us to live in a sacrificial way with GREAT JOY as we realize that even the forgotten orphan and widow are partakers in God’s delight  and love and that as our brothers and sisters we need not push them out of sight and out of mind, but embrace them whole-heartedly!

Are you the type of Christian the orphan needs?

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A year ago

Tigist was recently invited to a tea party hosted by one of her friends at church.  The night before we sat down and painted our nails and talked about how fun it was going to be to dress up fancy and drink tea from beautiful dishes. 

After I put her to bed, I couldn’t help but tear up at the thought that only a year ago she was still living in an orphanage in Ethiopia.  Alone, with no mother or father.  There were no special dresses or parties to go to.   It made me ponder again the beauty of adoption and the difference it can make.  Having Fikadu and Tigist in our family has brought such incredible joy this past 10 months.  I can’t help but think about which children are currently in an orphanage right now that may be gathering around our dinner table a year or so from now. 

I also want to ask a question for those who haven’t given to caring for orphans or adopted.  What were you and your children doing a year ago?  Perhaps you were preparing for the holidays?  Filling out wish lists?  While silent children slept alone in orphanages across the world.  Its so easy to not think about when its not in front of you everyday.

November is National Adoption Month and I want to encourage you to think about what role you might be able to play in either caring for, or providing a home to one of the 143,000,000 orphans in the world.  Who knows, maybe one or two of them could be enjoying tea parties this time next year!

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Time to get real. . .

Today I missed him.  Worship was phenomenal with prophecy and a spontaneous song.  The preaching of the word convicted me of an area of sin and gave me hope for change.  I was reminded of God’s faithfulness as the service closed with the baptism of 6 believers.  And then walking out to my car, children in tow, I missed Jesus.  Jesus visited our church and not only did I miss him, I was embarrassed of him and dismissed him.

As I was walking to the car a lady approached me in the parking lot of our church (which happens to be in one of the top 5 wealthiest counties in the USA) she had written on a piece of paper – Mother of 7 children, need money for rent.  Please help.  God Bless you.  She didn’t speak much English.  As soon as I saw her sign I got uncomfortable, I hastened my step and mumbled, no I’m sorry I can’t help you as I pulled my daughter behind me.  My daughter wanted to know what was happening and I mumbled “she wanted us to give her money.”  I felt a twinge of regret and a thought of hey maybe you should go back there and see if you can help her, but my schedule and plans didn’t have time for that.

Matthew 25:44-45  Then they also will answer, saying, “Lord, when did we see you hungry or thirsty or a stranger or naked or sick or in prison, and did not minister to you?  Then he will answer them, saying, “Truly, I say to you, as you did not do it to one of the least of these, you did not do it to me.”

How far I fall short!!!  My heart is grieved.  I weep for the orphan, I attempt to ease my conscience by bringing a delivery of groceries to a local food pantry and yet miss Jesus right in front of me.  I’m thankful for the conviction of my sin and can’t help but wonder, “How many people met Jesus at my church today?  And how many people (like me) turned him away?  Did that lady find any of the help she was looking for?  In a church of all places?”  I can only pray that someone else showed her the love of Christ in a very real and tangible way, and repent of my pride and arrogance and seek to change and honor God by caring for the least of these.   Oh God forgive me and change my heart!

 

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Orphan Sunday

This video is well worth the minute it takes to watch.

Orphan Sunday from Christian Alliance for Orphans on Vimeo.

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Round Two

We have some really exciting news to share. . . We are preparing to adopt again!  While we must wait until January (1 year home with our kiddos) to officially begin again with our agency we are starting to fund raise now.  We have an excellent opportunity for you to get some Christmas shopping done while helping us raise some of the money we need to cover our adoption expenses.  We have partnered with Just Love Coffee to sell bags of coffee.  For EVERY bag we sell they will send us $5!!!  You can sign up on our site for a once or twice a month shipment, or just purchase one bag.  They also have travel mugs and t-shirts to purchase.  Our coffee website is

just love coffee

http://justlovecoffee.com/taylorfamilyadoption

Please feel free to pass our link around to everyone you know!  And we’ll be sure to keep you updated as things progress with round two in the Taylor Family Adoption Journey!  God Bless!

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