This week with Fall well and truly here and Winter fast approaching, I’ve been doing a lot of thinking and just reflecting. It’s a good exercise at times, a sort of “self check”. We are still in the “waiting phase” for “Steeve’s Adoption Volume 2”. Our documents are where they need to be and for now we wait and pray. Please remember to continue to pray also.
In my ponderings this week I was thinking about how my children percieve me. What do they see when they watch me go about my daily routine? What am I modeling for them? Someone said recently. “If we don’t show our kids how to follow Jesus someone else will show them how not to.” If I’m not super excited and authentic about my relationship with Him then my children probably won’t be either. It won’t take long. The Israelites in the Old Testament had the same issues as us and we all know what happened to them. Wandering about, lost in the wilderness, giving their hearts and devotion away to any but the One true God and so on. It wasn’t a super positive outcome for the old Israelites. I don’t want that for us or for our children, any of them. This continues to be our goal. It’s a lifelong process.
This Monday past was National Adoption Day. A day set aside once a year to honour adoptees and those who adopt them. Actually, in all honesty every day in our lives is ‘adoption day.’ There is not a day goes by but I am so incredibly thankful for these beautiful people who God in His amazing love and mercy brought into our lives. I still can’t believe that they are mine! Ours! I couldn’t imagine life without them, without any of our children for that matter, grown or otherwise. It it always easy? No! but it’s most definitely worth any struggle that might come with it.
But what does is mean to be adopted? There are different kinds of adoption. It’s not just two parents adopting a child or even children. When someome asks Jesus to come into their lives as Saviour we become adopted into the family of God. We belong. This first and formost is the most important adoption. Then there is family like ours. Our big, blended family. When I met Rob (almost 20 years ago now) I adopted his children into my heart and he did the same with mine. When our adult children met and married their spouses, we adopted them too as part our family and they became our children also. As with all big families we don’t always agree, sometimes we argue, sometimes we pull away for a while but through all this we still love each other, we have each others backs and we want the best for each other. We want to build each other up and encourage each other. Our words should be always filled with grace. We should be quick to say “I’m sorry, please forgive me” when we are wrong. Not easy but necessary. We need to love each other as Jesus loves us! As I was writing this post I thought of it like this: God’s native language and nature is “LOVE”. So should ours be to everyone, not just to those in our families.
This week has been busy but fruitful. We started off last Sunday with church then had our family over to our place for a photo shoot and weiner roast. Most were able to come but the short notice didn’t work for one of our sons and his wife and 2 kids. Another son-in-law was sick so he stayed at home and a daughter was on vacation but we had a blast with the ones who were able to make it. 24 people out of 30 was really good for the 3 day notice. It was such a beautiful fall day, the weather was amazing and we were all able to be outdoors for the evening around the fire pit. Such a blessing! I love our kids!.
Then on my days off I got 3 duvet covers made so far for our new children and split and stacked some wood for the winter after this one. With Rob and Niamh’s amazing help, we canned jars and jars of homemade spaghetti & pizza sauce. We had quite the production line going:). I’ve also caught up on a couple of episodes of a British crime drama that I’ve wanted to see for a while. Getting the canning done brings a real sense of accomplishment that I’m sure many here can identify with, especially with the cooler days coming faster than I would like them to. Stubborn Irish woman that I am, (“ha ha!” says Rob- well he should know eh?) I refuse to give up wearing sandals or skirts most days until it’s way colder than this!
“But from everlasting to everlasting the Lord’s love is with those who fear Him, and His righteousness with their children’s children”. Psalm 103 v 17 (NIV)