I Am Not Colorblind


This week, I have asked the Lord to show me what I am to do with—how I am to feel about—the situations in our country right now.  I asked Him to show me what He wanted me to see.  I can’t say that I got a clear word on that, but I have gotten glimpses.

First of all, I have realized that I am not colorblind.  And I believe that is okay.  I do notice the color of people’s skin.  It makes them who they are.  It is how God created them.  It is okay to notice.  It is okay to not be colorblind.  What a different—lesser—place the world would be if we were all colorblind.  We would miss the uniqueness, the variety, the joy of being different.  A colorblind world would be very mundane.  So, how do we notice the differences without making automatic assumptions?  I think it has to do with relationships.  It has to do with a smile, a kind word, a question asked which conveys that another’s opinion matters.

I have a nephew who is Black.  Yes, I notice the color of his skin.  It is beautiful.  An ebony color that makes his face so very handsome.  And the contrast of that dark skin against his white teeth.  Wow.  Yes, I notice the color of his skin.  But that is not a bad thing.  I know him.  I have a relationship with him.  When I think of him, yes, I think of the color of his skin.  But I also think of his courage, his perseverance, his intelligence, and his sense of humor.

I have two children who are Asian.  Yes, I notice the color of their skin.  It is smooth and dark with the perfect hint of yellow.  I love their skin.  Sometimes I just stare at their arms and legs, amazed at that perfect skin.  Yes, I notice that their skin and eyes and hair are very different than mine.  And I love that difference.  I would not want them to look any other way.  Because that is how God created them, that is what makes them, them.  My relationship with them allows me to see them—and all their differences—and love them.  They are mine.  I don’t love them in spite of their differences.  I love their differences.

I have dear friends who are Hispanic.  I love their culture.  They are strong and hard working and kind. After I got through the initial hesitant smiles as they endured my low-level Spanish, I found true friends.  I have been invited to their weddings and birthday parties and get-togethers with hot tamales and arroz con pollo, and I have loved each event.  They celebrate differently than I do.  They look different than me.  They are different than me.  But I love who they are.  If they were more like me, they would not be them.  It is my relationship with them that allows me to love and accept all the ways we are different.  And I believe they feel the same about me.

The rest of my family are Caucasian.  Some have olive skin that tans well and of which I am often envious. They have dark brown eyes that shine when they smile.  The rest of us are spotted with freckles and have lighter hair and lighter eyes, which also shine when we smile.  It is who we are.  I am white woman whose roots are can be traced to England and Scotland.  I love Downtown Abbey and Jane Austin novels.  It is who I am.  I don’t want to be different—not because I am better than someone else, but because it is me—it is how God created me.

I think the problem is not a Black/White problem.  The problem is a relationship problem.  If we take the time and make the effort to begin relationships with those who are different, our views will become different—softened, more understanding, accepting.

I believe all groups of people deal with the hurt and bitterness of assumptions.  We assume all blacks are law breakers, we assume all police are profilers, we assume all whites are racists, we assume all Asians are smart (well, that one may be true!).  But all people in any particular race are not all alike, each one is unique, each one is different from the others.  We must work on our relationships around us.  We must reach out in relationship, even if it is a temporary comradery for a small moment in time.

My point is, let’s make the effort to get to know each other.  Let’s don’t make assumptions about each other.  Yes, sometimes our story involves memories that make it hard to not make assumptions.  We have been wronged and we have wronged.  We all have.  But can we forgive?  Can we pull up the roots of bitterness and keep trying?  I believe we can.  I believe we must.

Leading Relationally

Hey, Friends!  For the past two Sundays, I have been honored to share at two different churches (The Orchard in Tupelo, MS, and The Orchard Northside in Baldwin, MS) on the topic of Biblical Womanhood:  Leading Relationally.  I spoke along with three other awesome women,  who also happen to be dear friends.  I have to admit that it is very intimidating to speak on the topic of being a godly woman.  Why?  Because I know myself.  I know all the ways I am not a godly woman.  I wanted to spend most of the time giving disclaimers, citing examples of how I don’t live up to the standard.  But I only had 8 minutes to talk, so if I spent all my time talking about the truth about myself, I would not have had time to talk about the truth about Him—which is really the only truth that matters.  So, here is my talk in case you are interested!  Blessings, my friends!

Hi, I’m Sara Berry.  I am wife to Mont and Mother to seven great kids:  Katie, Ellie, Joseph, Troy, Joshua, Sally, and Charlie.  My topic is Leading through Relationship. I recently read about The Harvard Study of Adult Development, which may well be the longest study of adult life that’s ever been done. For 75 years, researchers tracked the lives of 724 men, year after year, asking about their work, their home lives, and their health. Over these 75 years, the study showed that the people who fared the best–physically, mentally, and emotionally–were the ones who leaned into relationships, with family, with friends, and with community.  Women and men alike are born with an innate need for connection.

Now, obviously, with such a large household, I am constantly dealing with relationships. I don’t have it all together, nor do I have it all figured out.  But I do value my relationships, just as I am sure most of you do.  And I have learned a few things along the way. If you hear nothing else from me today, I want you to hear and remember this:  Living a godly life, the type life we were created for, can be obtained by following two commandments.  Jesus said they were the greatest commandments.

Matthew 22:37-40New Living Translation (NLT)

37 Jesus replied, “‘You must love the Lord your God with all your heart, all your soul, and all your mind.’[a] 38 This is the first and greatest commandment. 39 A second is equally important: ‘Love your neighbor as yourself.’[b] 40 The entire law and all the demands of the prophets are based on these two commandments.”

Love God, love others.  It really is quite simple and it can be applied to every relationship we have:  spouses, children, friends, parents, co-workers … apply these two commandments and your relationships will improve.  Slowly, healing will come, the crooked places will be made straight, the mountains will be leveled.  I am not trying to be trite.  I am not implying a Pollyanna-type theology.  Relationships can be hard and complicated and painful.  But all relationships can improve by applying these two commandments.  Love God.  Love others.

There is one catch, though.  We cannot reverse the order of the commandments.  We can’t love others, then maybe get around to loving God.  That is a recipe for dysfunction.   That is a path of making idols of our loved ones.  That is when expectations are never met, needs are never fulfilled, mistakes are never forgiven.  And why is that?

Because on our own, we are incapable of loving others unconditionally.  We are incapable of truly serving, completely forgiving.  We are incapable of always be present to meet needs, always understanding, always being the person others need us to be.  When we love others in our own strength, we will let them down.  And they will let us down.

However, when we love God first, the love of Christ fills us with the power of the Holy Spirit to love well, to forgive completely.  We must let go of our expectations of ourselves.  We can’t be God to someone else.  We must point them to God, who will never disappoint.  We also can’t expect others to fill the needs of our soul that only God can fill.  They are incapable of doing so and it is unfair to expect them to.  We will be disappointed every time.

To have truly healthy relationships, we must first connect with God.  We must love Him above all.  We must wrestle through the disappointments and pain of dealing with others, and realize that HE is enough.  When we have first connected with God, then we are equipped to connect with others.

Yes, all of us are born with an innate need for connection.  Mont and I have found that to be true as we have navigated through the waters of adoption.  When we adopted Sally and then Charlie, we knew that we must be intentional in developing a relationship with them.  We couldn’t take for granted that they would bond with us.  We had to work at it.  It took a long time for them to trust us.  Sally used to keep food in the roof of her mouth for hours.  We had to teach her to let it go on down her throat—that we would not let her go hungry.  Charlie used to panic when Mont or I left the house.  We had to teach him that we would not abandon him.  You see, even after they became a part of our family, they still occasionally acted like orphans.  And so do I.  The Bible tells us that we are all orphans until we are adopted into the forever family of God.  But even after we are adopted by our Heavenly Father, we still have to develop our trust in Him.  We have to cultivate relationship with Him in order to really believe He will never leave us nor forsake us.  Through our adoption journey, we were reminded of something along the way. This intentional development of relationship was not just the best approach for our adopted kids, but also for the kids I gave birth to.  And it was best for our marital relationship with each other, our relationships with extended family, with friends …. I bet you get the point.  We all have a sphere of influence, a place of leadership, and we will find that our leadership abilities will be much more effective and enjoyable if we take the time to develop relationship first.  Love God, then love others.

Some of my favorite women in the Bible wrestled with relationships, fought through the pain and disappointments only to discover that God alone could really meet their needs.

For example, Hannah had a deep longing for a child.  Even though her husband kindly tried to fill that relationship void, Hannah remained miserable.  When she finally surrendered to God, He fulfilled her longing with a son—Samuel.  But she had to give him back to the Lord. Because she had fully surrendered to God, she was then able to surrender her son to the Lord’s perfect plan.

Ruth had experienced much grief.  She lost her dearest love—her husband.  She is known for surrendering to God by remaining with her widowed mother-in-law.  She said, “Your people will be my people, your God, my God.”  Because of this surrender, God selected her to become part of the lineage of the Savior.

Leah was the ugly duckling, the forgotten wife.  She longed for relationship with her husband, Jacob, but his heart was set on another.  With each son born, her misery was revealed by the meaning of their names—each one symbolizing her desire for love of her husband.  Until her fourth child. When he was born, she surrendered to God.  This fourth child was named Judah, which meant, “this time I will praise the Lord.”  Period.  She surrendered her circumstances to God without trying to manipulate them, trusting God to bring about good in the midst of her pain.  And oh how He did bring about good!  Jesus came from the lineage of Judah.

Each of these examples shows an innate desire for relationship.  We long for relationship with others—husbands, children, parents, friends.  And that is a God-given desire.  But those relationships can never fulfill our deepest longings.  No, our deepest longings are only fulfilled when we surrender to God and begin a relationship with the King of Kings and the Lord of Lords.  All other relationships fall into line under the headship of our relationship with Jesus. Love God, then love others.

Over the years, I have learned the most valuable lesson.  God is enough.  I must love Him more than Mont, more than my kids, more than my work, more than my friends.  I must love Him more, so that I am equipped to love others better.

To end, let me reiterate to you this truth:  God is enough.  Love Him more.  Love Him first, then go love others better.


Walking and Leaping and Praising God

Before we went to China to get my sweet Charlie, I felt the Lord whispering to me.  I kept thinking of the story of the crippled man who was healed through the Name of Jesus Christ.  We find that he immediately went “walking and leaping and praising God.”  The whispers that I heard about my Charlie was this:  “Walking and leaping and praising God—that is Charlie’s story.”  I didn’t know what that meant or what that would look like specifically.  We knew that he could not walk due to a birth defect.  Would God heal him?  Would he walk physically?  Or would he simply “walk with God”, as it was said of Noah?  You probably know by now that God did miraculously heal him.  He walks (and runs!) and leaps!  We are so thankful.  But what about the praising part?  I want to tell you about my little Charlie and his heart for praising God.

The first time we took him to church we kept him in the service with us.  We were late (as usual) and the worship music had already begun.  We found seats and began to sing along.  Though our church is contemporary, there was no one around us raising their hands in praise, nor was any one in my family—except Charlie.  He immediately raised his right hand high in the air and kept it raised high through the song.  And the next song. And the next.  Do I need to remind you that he came from China?  He had never heard worship music, he had never been to church, he had only recently even heard of Jesus, after we had adopted him.  God has placed in his heart a spirit of praise.  And it inspires me to praise.

When we had been home for a few months, Charlie had learned a few songs which he asked for over and over throughout the day.  Which ones did he want?  Worship songs.  His favorite was 10,000 Reasons.  And though his English was still lacking, he could loudly sing along:

Bless the Lord oh my soul

Oh my soul

Worship His Holy name

Sing like never before

Oh my soul

I’ll worship Your Holy name


Now, I admit that his taste in music has expanded and he loves a good country tune (which is a bit fun to watch—cute Asian boy singing a country song!)  But if I play a worship song, he will stop what he is doing and come sit quietly beside me.  God has placed in his heart a spirit of worship. And it inspires me to worship.

A few months ago, Sally (age 5 and also adopted from China), Charlie (age 3), and I were all sitting on the floor working on a craft project.  As we worked we listened to music.  When In Christ Alone began, I stopped what I was doing and began to sing along, eyes closed, hands raised.

In Christ alone my hope is found,

 He is my light, my strength, my song;

This Cornerstone, this solid Ground,

Firm through the fiercest drought and storm.

What heights of love, what depths of peace,

When fears are stilled, when strivings cease!

My Comforter, my All in All,

Here in the love of Christ I stand.

          It was a holy moment.  I felt Charlie crawl in my lap and when I looked down, he was crying.  I stopped singing to ask, “Charlie, what’s wrong?”  He just leaned his head against me and wiped his tears.  Sally, the older and wiser big sis, immediately said, “Don’t worry, Mom.  It’s just happy tears.”  God has placed in his heart a spirit of understanding.  He may not understand it all, but he understands enough to know that God is good and we should be moved by that.  Charlie inspires me to remember and be moved.

So, do I still think that “walking, leaping, and praising God” is his story?  Absolutely.  And I am beyond grateful.

A Book Review

A few weeks back I read a wonderful book I want to tell you about.

Jennifer Phillips wrote her amazing story in Bringing Lucy Home.  The synopsis is this:

An orphan, abandoned and alone. A family, comfortable and secure. A shaky step of faith. An unprecedented complication. A heartbreaking separation. An unyielding quest. A love story that is every Christian’s story. Bringing Lucy Home shares the compelling drama of one family’s relentless pursuit to bring hope into the life of an orphaned baby girl.

I would have enjoyed this book even if it wasn’t the well-written, engaging, draws-you-in-and-holds-you-to-the-end type book, simply because of my own stories of adoption.  But the fact that it IS the well-written, engaging, draws-you-in-and-holds-you-to-the-end type book is why I feel good about telling my friends about it.  You see, Jennifer’s story is not just an adoption story.  It is a story of God’s faithfulness even when prayers are not answered in quick, easy storylines wrapped up neatly with a bow.  God’s faithfulness is even more evident when the answers to our prayers are no or wait.  But we must walk by faith not by sight in order to know that.  If you are into adoption, you will love this book.  If you don’t know much about adoption, you will still love this book.  Because it is a book that encourages you to step out in faith and in calling even if it is hard—even if you have to wait awhile for the rescue to come.  It is about trusting God.  Here is a link in case you want to check it out:


Announcing New Book Release!

Hey, Friends!

I am excited to announce a new book I have recently released.  A Broken Mirror is a novel based on an amazing, true story.  It is a story of abuse and adoption, tragedy and triumph, redemption and restoration.  My dear friend, Kelly Williams, lived it, I wrote it, but God did it!  If you are interested in ordering before Christmas, you may want to act soon!


Blessing to you!


PS Take a look at the a brief summary of the book:


Abundant Life–Gifts of the Good Shepherd, Day 28

I believe everyone longs to know their calling. The Purpose Driven Life by Rick Warren was such a phenomenal and inspiring read and was embraced by millions of people. Why? Because deep down we all want to believe that we were born for a reason.

That we will leave this earth having made a difference.

That we will leave a mark on others, which will cause them to remember us.

We long for meaning in our lives and many times we waste a lot of time, money, energy, and relationships trying to find that meaning.

As Christians, we refer to this as the Call of God.

Sounds really formal doesn’t it? But it’s not really.

Think about your mother’s voice calling you in to dinner when you were a child.

Or a call from a dear friend with whom you haven’t spoken in a while.

Or what about the call of your child in the middle of the night, wanting to just be reassured that you are still close by.

These calls are familiar and dear to us, as should be the call of God to our souls.

Sometimes the call of God is a reproof—a call to attention. When Adam and Eve ate the apple, God called to them saying, “Where are you?” God, of course, knew where they were, but they needed to be aware of where they had ended up.

The Lord Himself made clothes for them to cover their shame. This was foreshadowing of the ultimate covering that would come … the covering of the Blood of Jesus. It is because of that covering we can be called and used by God.

Do you realize that no matter what ordinary wrappings you have, God sees you as a chosen one?

You did not choose me, I chose you and appointed you to go and bear fruit—

fruit that will last.

John 15:16

 He chose you for a special appointment, just as he chose Moses for his special appointment.

Will you accept the appointment?

Will you choose your “chosen-ness”?

And then God says, “Go…Go and bear fruit”. Go bear the fruit of the Spirit: love, joy, peace, patience, kindness, goodness, gentleness, faithfulness and self-control.

And only with the power and anointing of the Holy Spirit, will it be healthy fruit that will last. Yes, people can do good things—things that help our society. Humanitarian and social efforts can produce good changes. But true, lasting fruit can only be produced when someone starts to realize and act like a chosen one who has accepted an appointment. With that first step, with that surrender of our own will and feeble efforts, God is pleased. And when God is pleased, great things begin to happen! We step aside, and He steps in. He uses our ordinary status, and brings about His extraordinary work.

What is your calling from God at this particular time in your life? Ask Him. He will gladly show you! And then, you will experience a fuller measure of His abundant life. Praying for you today!


Abundant Life–Gifts of the Good Shepherd, Day 27

To experience all of the abundant life God has for us, we must surrender completely to Him and His will. Isaiah came to that moment of surrender in the year that King Uzziah died.

Isaiah 6:1–In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord…

You see, all our earthly “kings” must die before we see Him clearly in all His majesty. Our earthly “kings” cloud our vision, obstruct our view, deafen His call on our lives. What “kings” have you set up in your heart? What rules? Let those things die so you may see the Lord in all His glory.

Isaiah 6:1-4– In the year that King Uzziah died, I saw the Lord, high and exalted, seated on a throne; and the train of his robe filled the temple. 2 Above him were seraphim, each with six wings: With two wings they covered their faces, with two they covered their feet, and with two they were flying. 3 And they were calling to one another:

“Holy, holy, holy is the Lord Almighty;

    the whole earth is full of his glory.”

4 At the sound of their voices the doorposts and thresholds shook and the temple was filled with smoke.

When Isaiah saw this majestic and awesome sight, his reaction was not “Wow!” but it was “Woe!”

Isaiah 6:5–  “Woe to me!” I cried. “I am ruined! For I am a man of unclean lips, and I live among a people of unclean lips, and my eyes have seen the King, the Lord Almighty.”

When we see God, really see Him, we can really see ourselves. And it is not a pretty picture. Even the best and purest among us, apart from the redemptive work of Christ, is as a filthy rag, unable to be used for anything eternally good. Seeing God in all His glory brings us to repentance.

Repentance is a solemn turning around–going in the opposite direction.

It means ceasing all comparison (i.e. Well, at least I am not like her…).

It means ceasing all excuses (i.e. Well, if that person had not done that thing, then I would not have…).

It means surrendering your whole life. (i.e. Lord, I am worse than I even imagined. But if you will have me, I am yours…)

And after repentance comes cleansing.

Isaiah 6:6-8– 6 Then one of the seraphim flew to me with a live coal in his hand, which he had taken with tongs from the altar. 7 With it he touched my mouth and said, “See, this has touched your lips; your guilt is taken away and your sin atoned for.”

And after cleansing comes the abundance and privilege of being used of God.

When Isaiah saw God in His glory, he couldn’t help but surrender his whole life, now cleansed and ready to serve.

Isaiah 6: 8–I heard the voice of the Lord saying, “Whom shall I send? And who will go for us?” Then I said, “Here am I! Send me.”

Oswald Chambers had this to say about this passage.

God did not direct His call to Isaiah—Isaiah overheard God saying, “… who will go for Us?” The call of God is not just for a select few but for everyone. Whether I hear God’s call or not depends on the condition of my ears, and exactly what I hear depends upon my spiritual attitude. 

 What is the condition of your ears? We are all called by God. We are called to obey, to go, to speak, to be still and know that He is God. We are all called to sacrifice. We are called to take up our cross and follow Him. That sounds a bit frightening doesn’t it? But remember, as we die to self, as we accept covenantal sacrifice, we can also expect covenant blessings.

In the abundant life offered to us by our Good Shepherd, we are offered the great adventure of “going.” Think of this adventure as traveling with Jesus to unknown places of beauty and awe and wonder. We can go abundantly—equipped for every good work. And through this we receive abundance—rare and beautiful treasures found only in trusting Him and surrendering to Him.

We can go to others, offering the truth of abundant life, energized by the abundance He has provided for us each and every day as we walk closely with our Good Shepherd. We can go with our presence, go by supporting and sending others, or go by sending our resources.  With current technology, we can “go” to the ends of the earth without ever leaving our living room. It is my personal conviction that we must go strategically.

It doesn’t matter if you are male or female, young or old. Joshua was 80 years old when he led the people into the Promise Land. I can tell you that you will receive far more than you could ever give. Ask the Lord where He wants you to go. This adventure is abundant life.  Praying for you today!



Abundant Life–Gifts of the Good Shepherd, Day 26

Abundant life yields rescue and redemption. We receive freedom in our own rescue and then we receive joy in being used of God in the rescue of others. Sometimes I hesitate to write about our adoptions. I never want anyone to think we have done something great. We haven’t. God has taken our lives and given us such abundant blessing through these adopted children, as well as our adored birth children. I often hesitate talking about our calling of adoption, because I don’t really like to tell others what to do. I don’t like the responsibility of encouraging others to step out in faith, though I know in my own experience this is the epitome of abundant living.

However, this whole idea of caring for orphans is not our idea—it is God’s. We are not here to put a guilt trip on anyone. But listen what the scripture teaches:

James 1:27– Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world.

Helping orphans does not necessarily mean adoption. But we must all do something. Why? Because we were once orphans, too.

Romans 8:14-16– For all who are being led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you have not received a spirit of slavery [a]leading to fear again, but you have received [b]a spirit of adoption as sons by which we cry out, “Abba! Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are children of God, 

I will ask the Father, and He will give you another Helper, that He may be with you forever; that is the Spirit of truth, whom the world cannot receive, because it does not see Him or know Him, but you know Him because He abides with you and will be in you. “I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you…”

One of the things adoption has taught me is that it is a reflective representation of God’s love.  When you are in the midst of an adoption, especially a foreign  adoption, you love a child who has no idea who you are.  You would gladly sacrifice time, money, and invasion of your life in order to know this child.

That is a picture to me of what God has done for us. He knew me way before I ever knew Him. He gave the ultimate sacrifice, so that now I can be a part of His greater family. And while His family is so much greater than my earthly family, our family is complete because of what He has done in us and through us.

So my friends, I urge you to ask the Lord how He wants you to step out in faith. Whatever that looks like, just do it. And you will find a deeper measure of abundant life. Praying for you today.


Abundant Life–Gifts of the Good Shepherd, Day 25

Abundant life yields rescue and redemption. We receive freedom in our own rescue and then we receive joy in being used of God in the rescue of others. Our adopted children, Sally and Charlie, have had miraculously smooth transitions. And we are very thankful for that. But in some ways it took a while for them to understand that they are not orphans anymore. In some ways they still acted like orphans even after they had been adopted into our family.

Sally would hide food in the roof of her mouth for hours. We had to teach her that it was okay to let that last bite to go on down, there was more where that came from. We would not let her go hungry. She was no longer an orphan.

Charlie still has to be reassured that we are not leaving him. And when we do have to leave for a short amount of time, we have to assure him that we will be back soon. Whenever we walk back in the house, he comes running shouting, “You’re home!” as if it is a great surprise to him. Lately, though, he has started something new, which I believe shows progress. If he goes in the car with one of us, when he returns he runs in the house shouting, “I’m home!” He is learning that he is no longer an orphan.

Sometimes, even long after we are adopted into the family of God, we still act like orphans. We still are not confident that God will supply all of our needs. We still are worried that He will leave us stranded and forsake us. But what we need to know is the truth found in the Bible. God loves us as a Father loves his children.

Philippians 4:19– And my God will supply all your needs according to His riches in glory in Christ Jesus.

Deuteronomy 31:6– Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; he will never leave you nor forsake you.”

My friends, are you still acting like orphans? If you are a Christian, you are no longer an orphan; you are a beloved child of the King of Kings. He adores you, He rejoices over you with singing, He will meet your every need out of His abundant riches. Indeed, He will give you abundant life. Trust Him today. I am praying for you!


Abundant Life–Gifts of the Good Shepherd, Day 24

A while back, I was following a blog of a woman who was in China picking up her adopted son.  Two days after the Gotcha Day, they traveled to the exact spot where her son was abandoned, on a busy street in front of a convenience store.  I started to cry when I pulled up the picture, because that is similar to my own children’s story.  Discarded, abandoned, left in a random, dangerous place as newborns unable to do anything about it.  But as I continued to read the blog, I noticed that she did not call this spot his “abandonment spot”, she called it his “finding spot”.

I wept long and hard when I read that.  Think about it, that place of being abandoned was really that place of being found.  And we were all orphans before being adopted into the family of God.  I once was lost, but now I am found!  In the same way, our lost spots are really found spots, our sad spots are our spots of comfort, our weak spots are really spots of His strength being revealed.  First Peter 2:9 tells us that we are adopted by God as heirs:  We did not receive a spirit of fear but of Sonship and by that we cry Abba Father—Daddy!  We are chosen not abandoned.  How fitting for there to be an adopted foreigner in the lineage of Jesus!

We, too, had the opportunity to go to our Charlie’s Finding Spot.  It was a very profound moment.  Along a busy highway there was a path of beautiful blooming flowers. I believe it was God’s good providence that his birth parents chose this beautiful spot to relinquish him. For God had a beautiful redemptive plan for this beautiful little boy. And the seeds of faith that are now growing in his heart will grow into a fruitful garden of faith. This I believe with all my heart.

I have written about this before and I am sure I will write about it again, but for now I will give you a picture.  It is a picture of redemption.  It is a picture of reclaiming hope when the world thought you had no hope.  It is a picture of love and calling and joy and answered prayers.  This is our Finding Spot.  Praise God from Whom all blessings flow!

Finding Spot

Today, if you are feeling as if your life is filled with spots of trials, abandonments, and crippling heartache, hold fast to the hope and the truth that these are truly the spots where God finds you and rescues you. Praying for you today.