Tuesday, August 03, 2010

Orphaned Children...

For the first time recently, I truly saw myself in the context of being an orphan who has been adopted by God...

I remember one particular day while we were in Uganda and we visited a school where many orphaned children were. When we arrived at the school, the children came running up to us with excitement, surrounding us within just a few short moments. They came up with greetings, smiling and asking for water, begging to be picked up, touched, and loved. They put up their dirt covered hands in surrender and looked right in to our eyes with theirs saying “will you take care of me?...Will you love me?...Will you be my friend…my companion?”. They looked in awe at our hands and arms, reaching out to touch and feel the texture of our skin. They hung on every word that we said, even if they didn’t understand it, and just simply enjoyed being in our presence. Out of compassion, we spent time with them, and we loved on them. We even offered them snacks and cuddly little stuffed animals, things that seemed so small to us, yet were so important and big to them. And then….at the end of the day…we put the babies down, packed up our belongings and we left. We walked away leaving them in the hands of their creator…our Father.

The other day as I worshipped God, I began to thank Him for all that He has done and I looked to Him for life. I put my dirt covered hands up in surrender and asked Him for attention, to allow me to feel His presence, to sustain me, and to take care of me. I longed for His touch and was amazed when He reached His arms out to embrace me. In that moment I truly recognized that before I was a child of God…I was fatherless. I was born alone, to fend for myself…searching for someone to take care of me, to be my friend…my companion…to love me. Then, when I first truly met my God, I ran to Him, just as these children did to us. As He reached out to me, I looked at Him in awe, I was amazed at the ways He was different from anyone I had ever met and I KNEW that He could take care of me…..and so I asked Him.

The BIG difference between my encounter with these children, and my encounter with God is this……

He did not walk away and leave me for someone else to take care of. Out of compassion…He picked me up and took me home with Him!

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— to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. Ephesians 1:4-6

We are so thankful and blessed that God has called us to do the same. To pick up two children and take them home with us….to do everything that we can in this life to make sure that the 147 million orphaned children in this world are adopted by the family of God…AND…that the people that we encounter every day…the ones that are still orphaned and have not accepted their adoption as children of God…will enter in to our family and know the love of God our Father!

Tuesday, March 09, 2010


The drive:

Psalm 82:3–4

“Give justice to the poor and the orphan; uphold the rights of the oppressed and the destitute. Rescue the poor and helpless; deliver them from the grasp of evil people”.

This is the premise on which we want to base our lives on. This is our true religion!

God has called us to enter into relationship with the people around us, and all over the world. He has called us to love them…to serve them…to give of our hearts and God given abundance to them…to show them God’s love…and to adopt their orphans as our own. Our current focus?…Uganda.

You may ask…Are we doing this because we have been told we can’t have “biological” children?

The answer to this is no. We have not been told that, nor do we think that. In fact, we know and have unwavering faith that we will have “biological” children. So this decision to adopt did not come out of discouragement, nor is it second best. Being a “father to the fatherless” is part of God’s calling and purpose for our lives.

Some adoption statistics:

In the world: there are 143,000,000 orphans. Of those, 50,000,000 are “adoptable”. Of those, 250,000 are adopted annually.

60% of female orphans are lured into some form of sex trade.

70% of male orphans become hardened criminals.

Uganda has 2.5 million orphans, the highest number in the world per capita. 1.2 million of which are orphaned by HIV/AIDS!

We are all called to manifest the spirit of adoption in some way!

So please join us in prayer and support as we continue to live out God’s purpose in our lives through adoption.

There are still a lot of details to work out, but we can't wait to meet our children and hold them in our arms... God is so Good!

Here is a link to a video that reflects our heart!


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

Hurry Up and Wait

Okay...so...a lot of people have been asking what is going on with Tim. I decided that this was the second occasion in about 2 years on which I should post on our blog. That way everyone will know what is going on:)

So......Here's the story...

About two weeks ago, just prior to leaving for Baton Rouge, Tim started having some problems with his vision. A couple times a day he would start having double vision...like one of his eyes was drifting off to the side. This problem continued to progress throughout the week. By the time he arrived home on Friday he was seeing double constantly.

We immediately went that afternoon to see the eye doctor. This doctor basically said...it doesn't look good. So..he referred us immediately to an ophthalmologist. This doctor proceeded to do a few simple eye tests and concluded the same thing...It doesn't look good. He then proceeded to give us options of possible causes. These included the autoimmune disorders Multiple Sclerosis, and Myuesthenia Gravis. So....he referred us to a neurologist.

Then on to the neurologist by Tuesday...His assessments continued to include MS, and Myesthenia Gravis. However, he did give a third option.....a virus that is causing inflammation of the nerves that control his eye muscles. So...he had an MRI on Friday amd returned to the doctor today to hear the results. We expected to hear either: yes it is MS...or no it is not MS. Here is what we got:

"Tim, you have nonspecific changes in your brain that can be consistent with MS. But....they are much smaller than the lesions commonly found in MS....So, you may or may not have MS. These spots are often found in people that have problems with migraines and can also be benign.(meaning...not harmful)"

Next step...spinal tap to theoretically rule out or confirm MS and a bunch of bloodwork to check for other possible causes.

My theory...this really sucks! But...God is still God! As soon as we found out that this could be something bad...we began praying and believing for healing. Our friends and family have rallied around us in amazing prayer and faith. So.. we don't know what tomorrow holds. We do know that Christ is the center of our lives, and even in this His glory will be shown! It is our prayer that this will be used in a way that shows people how cool God really is!!!

Because....He IS pretty stinkin cool! Who knows...maybe the lesions were small because God immediately began shrinking them as we prayed and that is why they were small on the MRI...or maybe he does have MS. We will still stand firm on the promises that he has for our lives and continue striving towards His really cool plan and purpose for our lives. We will not lose vision!!!

We will keep everyone posted on what we know:)

Thanks again for all your prayers,

Monday, May 19, 2008

The Mighty Mulberry

We are planning a canoe trip to the mulberry for memorial day. Here are the details.

If you are my friend and you are reading this you are invited.

We will camp at my families cabin Sunday night and canoe the mulberry Monday.

You can check water levels and rent canoes from www.turnerbend.com

The mulberry is not a lazy river type of river, it is not recommended for beginners.

We will likely canoe from wolf pen to turner bend 15.7 miles.

Water level is decent but I am hoping for more rain.

Canoing can be an intense form of marital counseling.

There is no cell phone reception at the cabin.

Let me know if you are in.

Wednesday, April 30, 2008

Local Celebrities and funny things were said.

This past Sunday my dad and Sabrina both had choir concerts that they were in (separately). This Sunday night I was playing with our camera and happened to catch a news story inadvertently. Sort of a poor mans tivo. Here is the video.

Also tonight at couples group we played the newly wed game. Genessa and I tied with Ray and Monica for first place. During the game, many things were said that we re funny. However, my wife has asked that I not share something she said that was funny, so I am not sharing any of it(to protect the marriages of the people involved). Just know that it was funny stuff.


Friday, April 11, 2008

End of a boycott

I have decided it is time to end one of my boycotts. After 3 years of
no subway I decided it was time to forgive them. So for the last two
nights we have had subway for dinner.

I would like to thank all of my friends who have faithfully joined me
in this boycott. I know that we have made a difference in subways
bottom line. I seriously doubt that they will pull another stunt
like that again. (They lied and said I could buy 5 sandwiches and get the 6th free, when I tried to redeem the card they would not take it.)

I am still boycotting the Braums in Bentonville.