Saturday, August 8, 2015

Why do I care for orphans? #showhopebloggers

I don't remember when I first heard about adoption or orphans.  Probably very young since my family has members who are adopted.  But it seemed amazing to me.  That love would bind you so to another human being.

We went to an Andrew Peterson "Behold the Lamb of God" concert a few years ago.  And he shared about the cause of orphans.  And he shared how not everyone is called to adopt, but everyone is called to do something, to help.

So as a Christian, I care for orphans because I am to be Jesus' hands and feet in the promise He made that He does not leave us alone or abandoned.  We are called to be a part of fulfilling that promise.  There are many ways to do that.

Here are a few.

1) Bring In Love is this crazy amazing organization that creates families from widows and orphans.  A direct fulfillment of James 1:27.

2) Show Hope is a place that creates grants for families trying to bring home an orphan.  ministry.

They also have special needs care centers where they care for orphans with special needs.  This is an amazing

3) Find a family who is trying to adopt and ask them how to help.

4) Do you know a family who has adopted?  Ask them how to support them. Just because an orphan is now in a family doesn't mean the journey is over.

I care for orphans because I am bound to them by love.  The love of Jesus and the love for a child who deserves to be in a have a love so brilliant it binds them into a forever home.

Sunday, August 2, 2015

What does it mean to be a child of God? #showhopeblogger

It was in high school, sophomore year when I clung to God as my Father.  Before then I had never really given it much thought that God was called "Father" in the Bible.  My Bible teacher gave us a handout with different names of God and said to mark the ones that spoke to us. "Father" was on there.  I remember wanting to call Him something personal in my devotional journalings so I called Him "Papa."  My own version of "Abba."  

To be a child of God is to have love.  Unconditional love.  To have support and strength that is not my own.  It is to have a safe haven.  To be accepted beyond my action but because I am His own child.

This month is Adoption Aid month.  I encourage you to find a way to bring home children to families.  That the human family would be an example of the heavenly family we all have.