We are in the midst of fall, that resplendent time of year when trees become dormant with the hope of the resurgence of life in the spring. So, too, are our brothers and sisters during seasons of loss and transition. Although our hearts are right and our intentions good, we often do not know what to do or say to promote healing.
I love children…all children! I always dreamed of having a big family. God has answered my prayers. Together with my husband Mark I have three biological children. Mark and I also adopted a daughter, Esther, who is now 17 years old. We are eager to welcome another daughter into our family soon. I love being a Mom, both to my own children and to those to whom we give our hearts.
When our son, Greg, was around four-years-old he began asking questions that were at once amusing and frustrating to us. We could be at
For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will (Ephesians 1:4-5, NIV)
Adoption is about the heart of God. God had His own son – Jesus – yet he chose to adopt us as well. God did not have to – He chose to! We may choose to adopt; it is a choice, and a hard one indeed! The question is: Is adoption for me?
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1 Corinthians 6:19-20 A new view of our bodies
Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body.
The definition of grief and loss are often equated to the death of a person or the loss of a significant relationship. Grief, however, is also the feeling of conflict that arises when we have changes in familiar patterns in our environment. Although it is natural and normal to respond to change of any kind, some may experience a sense of grief. This may occur when we lose a pet, move to a different city, start a new job, have a health change, retire, or become empty nesters.
Loss is a universal experience and grief is its expression in the human heart. Grief is not a sign of weakness or a lack of faith, but the normal response to the absence of that which was, and continues to be, deeply loved. The more significant our relationship was with what we have lost, the more intense the grief may be.
Life is a journey that often takes unexpected turns. Some of these fill us with a sense of adventure, optimism and an indomitable spirit. Other turns can leave us perplexed, challenged and even defeated. We can feel alone. It is easy to feel that no one understands us or relates to us. Facing these moments with spiritual eyes and hearts can be a challenge to us all. These are defining moments that build our lives and our characters, influencing the rest of our lives.