Wednesday, January 20, 2010

Has Haiti caused you to think about adoption?

If you have felt your heart being led to adopt because of this tragedy in Haiti, you may want to consider presenting before God to see if His call is for you to adopt a child- period. Perhaps this situation is being used to bring you to a place of consideration. If you feel led to adopt a child from Haiti because you want to save a child, there are many ministries and organizations in Haiti that are working on the orphans behalf, and you may want to see about partnering with them in some way. Heartline Ministries is one.

I have been more encouraged in this last week to see the body of Christ rise up for the orphan and now I pray it doesn't stop in the days to come when there is gradually less and less media coverage and discussion on Haiti. God bless all of you who behind the scenes are interceding and advocating for the orphan. I will never be the same after hearing an orphan kept in an institution where he would not be able to be adopted say to me- Will you remember me? Will you come back? These are words that whisper in my ear again and again.

If you have a passion for the orphan but you know you are not supposed to adopt, would you please consider sowing into our Grace Haven adoption grant fund so we can help a child be placed in a home filled with God's love? Those words whispered in my ear that day were not just for me- they were meant to be shared with the world. These children pray for a family and we want to be an answer to that prayer. We want to say confidently- YES- we will remember you and YES- we will come back for you! WE LOVE YOU!

I will not leave you as orphans- I will come to you!

Sunday, January 17, 2010

Burning Heart

Last Friday, Randy and I had called a group of people together to worship at our home and to share with them some things the Lord has been speaking to us about in regards to Grace Haven. As a friend led us in worship, the Holy Spirit began to impress upon my heart a pain so deep I later described it as a burning feeling. Accompanying this ache were the words "I am hovering over this earth looking for those hearts so undone and filled with mercy." Tears pouring down my face, I no longer felt like moving forward with our meeting, I just wanted to stay in this place of hearing the Lord's heart.

Later as I prayed that evening on my own this feeling only intensified, going into intercession automatically everytime I closed my eyes and tried to sleep. All weekend this continued and then this morning I picked up a book next to my bed called Tortured for Christ and flipped to page 58. Amazed I was to read the following excerpt, "Now I will show you how I love you. At once, I felt a flame in my heart which burned like the coronal steamers of the sun." This seemed to describe perfectly what I was experiencing. I was reminded of the disciples who met up with Jesus on the road to Emmaus and how they later spoke these words, "Were not our hearts burning within us while he talked with us on the road and opened the Scriptures to us?" Luke 24:32 This is what it is with me now....the Lord has spoke to my heart so clearly and with burning I feel a greater measure of the intense love he has for his children. He would leave the 99 sheep to go after the one lost sheep.

I have had prayed over me on two occasions over the last year that I might increase in measure with the Father's compassion and mercy in my heart. Is this what I am experiencing now? I believe so. His love so strong it conquers all. His love is power. He is calling us now and he is looking closely down amongst his children and finding those who are poured out for the orphan and lost, those who will allow themselves to be used by him to go after that one of 99 sheep. He grieves for that one!

I'm reminded of the words Loren Cunningham once shared- "I pray for affliction to the comfortable, and comfort to the afflicted." My heart is "afflicted" with groanings of orphans, of those alone and afraid and weak. But I don't want comfort- I want opportunity to do something about it. I want to be used. I want to see chained iron gates busted open by the flood waters of holy love. Lord use your people now, place burning aches for justice in them and empower them in ways only you can. Breathe life where there is death and hope where there is hopelessness.

Sunday, January 3, 2010

You Can't Save them All

I can't recall how many times I have been told, "You can't save all of the orphans of the world," but I know it's been many times over the years. Usually it's accompanied with, "I don't want to sound discouraging," or "We understand what you want to do." I've never understood the point of telling me that and I've never had a great comeback either. Inside, I knew that no, they really didn't understand or they wouldn't make that statement, but I haven't had the words to say it nicely. So my response is usually a small smile followed by, "but it certainly matters to the one you save." I felt unfulfilled in expressing my passion for the orphan mandate in those moments.

I began thinking about Heavenly Father's heart and this is where I found what was missing. God never gave us the job title of life saver. Father simply said "Defend the cause of the weak and the fatherless." How or in what way is between us and him. But I can't imagine him ever saying to us, "You better put a limit on how hard you care for the orphan- after all there are millions of them." Oh I just imagine how His heart hurts when he hears callous remarks towards his most precious. A father to the fatherless is the Lord in his holy indwelling.

What if we had a faith that believed for every orphan? What if we had radical and outrageous faith that every orphan would be cared for, protected and transformed? It is his word! In the same way, your Father in heaven is not willing that any of these little ones should be lost. Matthew 18:14

As I type I sit looking at the photo of a 17 year old boy next to my computer. The size of a toddler, he has laid in a mental institution since he was 4 because of epilepsy. Nothing but bones, he is given just enough food to not die. I can't say he's given enough food to live because he doesn't really live. He lays there moaning in pain and in all reality the chances he is still alive today is slim. I took his picture when I met him in 2006. I vowed to him that I would never forget him and so I have kept his picture next to my computer to remind me daily what the Lord has shown me- that I might be found faithful in my vow to him and to God. One day shortly after I put the photo up, Holden saw it and said, "Mom, I can't stand to see that boy, please take it down!" I understood that being a child, why he would feel that way, but I told him, "It's because we can't stand to look at him, that we need to keep it up." We tend to push these things out of our mind, but I don't want to. I don't ever want to become unmoved at the plight of the orphan. I pray our hearts break with unstoppable intercession that rattles the heavens. I pray that our pleadings would rain mercy and release chains!

On my watch, did a Moses perish in an asylum? Did an Esther die along the road? Did a David take his last breath alone in an orphanage?

"You can't save them all" is not an option. It's not permission to look away. You can't save them all is for people who have faith in self. My faith is in Jesus Christ who died for you and me. My Jesus reigns on the mercy seat and my Father speaks and makes life! GOD CAN SAVE THEM ALL!