"If you give, you will receive. Your gift will return to you in full measure, pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, and running over."
Today I received my very first Update on someone we just began sponsoring at New Day. SAMUEL
I cannot quite put my finger on why he sweeps me away, but he does. I think it is because God is so much with him. And even though we just FINALLY committed financially, our sponsorship of him in my heart really started last Fall when I first saw him as "the new guy in town" on the ND blog. (Read about my epiphany moment here) And my heart has been praying for him everyday along with my other children who were born under my heart ... whereas he was more born in it. No, he is not MY child (oh how I wish he was!) ... but what an honor, a privilege and blessing to pray for him and hope for his future no different than I do my other boys. It just blows me away when I read back on that post in October, how it reveals my heart and how it had been changed in a 180 degree turn in a surprise move by God in an answer to prayer! And I am now also amazed to be reminded about how my friend Tara had just begun actively pursing an adoption journey at the very time I wrote that post. It had long been her dream, to adopt a little girl from China. In a surprise move by God ... she just announced last week that they will be adopting a BOY! If you've read my post that I mentioned above it should not be surprising to see this coincidence in timing even beyond what we could see at the time or even now. God's heart goes beyond gender of course and it is SO cool to see God's hand moving and molding us to see beyond our wants and to see His will and how His Will is so much deeper in being what we need when we follow His lead.
If you are not sponsoring a child right now please consider doing so. There are so many wonderful organizations to partnership with. (New Day, Pearl River Outreach, Orphans Wish, just to name a few.) It is a wonderful opportunity to impact the life of a child and maybe even a family whom you will probably never meet. But to know that a child has been cared for through your prayer over them is an act that is beyond wonderful. In fact, even if you cannot financially sponsor a child, consider sponsoring them in your heart. Commit to praying for them and their hearts, for their future and that God would be preparing their forever families for them right this minute. That they would have their eyes and their hearts opened to them. To see past the hurdles and mountains and see the rewards and all that child has to give and to receive. The rewards are eternal and you will be amazed how your own heart will be molded and changed in the process.
Also, if you have not already, please check out Khloe's family's page. They are just posting her FINAL update as they will be going to receive this child that they covered in prayer, sponsored and then were called to adopt. There is a fundraiser in it's final days that you will NOT want to miss out on! Please check it out and pass it on to others. It would be INCREDIBLE to see them reach their goal before they travel.
Children are a reward from God and a treasure unlike no other!
3 Sons are a heritage from the LORD,
children a reward from him.
4 Like arrows in the hands of a warrior
are sons born in one's youth.
5 Blessed is the man
whose quiver is full of them.
They will not be put to shame
when they contend with their enemies in the gate.