Sunday, November 4, 2012

Orphan Sunday...

Today, November 4, is Orphan Sunday. I find "Orphan Sunday" hard to say, because in God's economy every day is Orphan Day! James 1:27, "Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this; to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world."

I understand that Orphan Sunday is a day of recognition, and not the only day we celebrate, or remember, but is it? There are 147 million orphans in the world. 10,000 just in my home state, Arizona. Are we remembering? Are we celebrating with all the children that are forever home? My hearts cry is that every day we remember, every day we celebrate! Every day we should advocate, every day we should ask God, "How do you want to use me?" 

All over Gods word He tells us how we should care for orphans and widows. These words are not mere suggestions, they are commands. This command has no contingencies, based on finances, space in your home, economic times,  politics, tax deductions, age, gender, location, time, or .......

This command is direct, unchanging, inexcusable, there are no conditions to it. We are to care for orphans in their distress. The only consideration there is, is choosing if we will obey or disobey. 

Five years ago, God interrupted our lives with two beautiful girls, one from Russia and one from China. And then just two years later, 3 more from Ethiopia, 1 girl and 2 boys. We didn't know all He had in store for us and I am thankful that he changed the path we were on, to His path. It has been quite a journey. I have not for one second regretted our YES decision. We have planned, stepped out in blind faith, rejoiced, cried, celebrated, labored, but most importantly we have LOVED and been LOVED. 

"I will not leave you as orphans, I will come to you." John 14:18

My heart aches for the other 149 million children who don't know the love of a mother and father, who are alone, fending for themselves. The children who need touch, unconditional love, food, shelter, Jesus. It aches for the suffering, the uncomforted, the tears left unwiped, cries unheard, prayers unsaid.

147 million, minus 5 more, Cailee, Cyilea, Meske, Eyob, Sami...

What will you do with the words of God:

"Whoever receives on such child in my name receives me..." ~ Matthew 18:5

"But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of His Son into our hearts, crying, "Abba! Father!" So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God." ~ Galatians 4:4-6

"Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in His holy habitation. God settles the lonely in families, He leads out the prisoners to prosperity, but the rebellious dwell in a parched land." ~ Psalm 68: 5-6




My babies, representing 4 Nations

Forever Family

Bubby and Cyilea


The Thiele Clan





3 comments:

Leanne Marie said...

Hi, I just came across your blog, and im glad I did you have a lovely blog and by the sound of It and look of it a great family.
I use to use blogger all the time but now I have a new laptop I thought it was time to start a new blog in this new stage of my life.
Keep Smiling, Take Care
x

Jody Owens said...

Hello, I have been following your blog for a while now since having to set up one of my own through a class I was taking. I am intrigued by your love of God and how you inspire those around you. You are a true woman of God and the things that you do are simply amazing. You are a wonderful inspiration to those around you, I am sure. As I read about your adoptions of your children and some of things you have had to overcome, it gives me strength to know that there is nothing we can't accomplish if we believe. Thank you so much for sharing your life with us.

Jody Owens said...

Hello, I have been following your blob for a while now. You are such an inspiration to others and by reading your stories and the trials you have overcome, sends out such relief in knowing that through the blood of Jesus, we can do anything. Hope God continues to bless you and your family. My prayers are with you all!

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