Thursday, January 1, 2009

2009-How will YOU HELP?

"SEEK JUSTICE! ENCOURAGE THE OPPRESSED! DEFEND THE CAUSE OF THE ORPHAN!" Isaiah 1:17

Is that clear to you? It's VERY clear to me. It's NOT an option. It simply says DEFEND... not, if you want to or if you feel like it. We MUST join together as the body of CHRIST and MAKE A DIFFERENCE! It is our duty. We are all orphans adopted by HIM when we become new creatures in CHRIST!

God expects us all to do our part when it comes to orphans. We all have different gifts & talents. I challenge you as we embark on a new year to look inside your heart and soul and begin to pray for God to lay on your heart just how you can help in 2009. There are SO MANY WAYS you can help besides adopting a child yourself.

Sponsor a child

Help a large adoptive or foster family by babysitting or taking a meal over.

Pray faithfully for a family who is in the adoption process & let them know!

Donate money to a family to help offset their adoption costs.

Have a shower for an adoptive family.

I am writing this post as a former orphan myself. God looked after me, he made sure I was taken care of just as he promises in His word. "I WILL NOT LEAVE YOU AS ORPHANS; I WILL COME TO YOU!" John 14:18

So what will you do in 2009 to make a difference for the least of these? Maybe you have a nudging from God to adopt-keep praying, He will lead the way and he will provide.

You will be truly blessed by helping an orphan-our family has seen so many rewards from God since our children have been gifted to us!

NOT ONCE did we have to worry how we would afford having 4 in diapers...GOD PROVIDED!

NOT ONCE did we have to ponder how we would feed our large brood-GOD PROVIDED!

NOT ONCE Has our family ever gone without our basic needs-GOD PROVIDED and THEN SOME!

Look into the eyes of the 7 former orphans pictured below and ask HIM...What can I DO TO HELP in 2009?

I am so excited to see how God will work in our family and bless us this year!

HAPPY NEW YEAR & MANY BLESSINGS TO YOU ALL IN 2009!

9 comments:

Amy said...

That picture just about made me cry. How beautiful, the picture of God's promise fulfilled in SEVEN people's lives.

God bless you and your family in 2009!

Happy New Year!

Mary Ellen said...

What a beautiful family. May God continue to bless you, and all adoptive families, in the new year.

creative gal said...

Beautiful! Thank you for sharing!

Mandi said...

This post speaks what's been on my heart the past few days. I was just telling Howie yesterday that I want to do a similar post on my blog to bring awareness to others. The bible is very clear about how God feels about orphans and how we as believers are commanded to do something for these precious little ones. Thanks for sharing.

Jill said...

Ok, so I'm a little emotional but that photo of you with the children has me in tears!

AMEN! AMEN! AMEN! Jennifer - we are all called to do something. It doesn't mean everyone has to adopt - but we all are called to action.

So thankful our paths crossed this year! Praising GOD!

Standing in the gap with you!

I love you - Jill

Nelly said...

Very moving Thank You!!!
Happy New Year!

His Hands His Feet Today said...

A hearty AMEN!!! and may I add to that challenge?... orphans and widows are mentioned hand in hand many times in the Bible! Not everyone knows a widow (my SIL happens to be one) but almost everyone knows a single mom ... let's step out and up for them too!
Hugs,
K

proud ky moma said...

This post speaks so to my heart! I just recently found your site and look forward to your postings. I have wanted to adopt since I was a little girl. I love children! I have 3 wonderful kids,ages 24, 22, and 21, a precious 22 mth old granddaughter, and I have raised my nephew since he was 3, he is now 12. Recently divorced, I have taken the first step, I just received information on adoption and foster parenting. All this is so new to me, prayers are welcome, as is any suggestions on where to go from here. You are a remarkable family! God Bless You and your family!

Amy said...

Amen sister! LOVE, LOVE, LOVE it! Amy