A friend shared an image today of a tree which has grown through a huge rock.
I immediately thought of the quickly arriving new school year and those who would be planting seeds of instruction and education in young minds this fall.
The tree reminded me how teachers have significant opportunities to use words and influence which will plant the seed of either success or failure in the mind of another life.
The point is this: whoever sows sparingly will also reap sparingly, and whoever sows bountifully will also reap bountifully. 2 Corinthians 9:6
Whether you are a homeschool teacher, public educator, bible school teacher, college professor, a parent (FYI, you ARE a full-time teacher in Every Way) or an instructor/teacher of any kind remember this;
“A tiny seed of truth or wisdom might seem that it has fallen on inhospitable or unreachable ground, but have faith, once a seed has been planted it has the potential to break through any barrier” Christina Calk
My husband Nick and I adopted our first daughter from India in November 2016. In November 2017, we started the process to adopt our second daughter. Little did we know that God had been weaving our sweet girl into our lives long before we even knew it…
A couple years ago when we were just starting our first daughter’s adoption process, before we even knew who she was, I had a dream about someone with only one arm. After that dream I believed that our daughter would have a limb difference…so much so that I made sure that our social worker specifically added arm/limb difference to the “special needs” that we were open to in our home study. When we were matched with our first daughter June, I just decided that I was wrong and my vision of this person meant nothing. Then when we got a video of June with her caretaker we noticed that her caretaker was missing an arm. I thought that must be it! And on we went with our lives… Until November 12, 2017, Orphan Sunday- a day where families and churches advocate for orphans. A friend made a post advocating for a little girl in India. I took one look at her photo and my heart started pounding…there she was! I just KNEW. At this same time, my husband was between services at church looking at the same photo of this sweet girl and he was struck as well. We just KNEW.
At the same time, in different places, we saw her and KNEW! Nick went to our Pastor, Troy right away, with tears and told him how we just know we are supposed to adopt this child, but we don’t have the money it takes. She’s been waiting YEARS for a family in a really hard orphanage…surviving and WAITING. We needed to get her out NOW…she couldn’t wait until we had $40,000 saved! He told Pastor Troy about her and that she was born with 1 arm. Immediately when Nick told Pastor Troy that she is missing an arm, he said “I’ll pay for it. I’ll get you the money. Don’t worry.” What?!!! Nick called me sobbing and told me that we didn’t have to worry about the money. We both just sobbed! He told me that Pastor Troy knew immediately that they were called to help when he heard she has 1 arm.
He told Nick that they have this statue of Jesus with a child reaching up, holding His hand. At some point, the statue was broken and the little girl’s arm broke off. He said that he and his wife decided that this meant they would one day help a little girl with a missing arm. That little girl was meant to be our daughter! Our pastor made the need for adoption funding known and within a weeks period, our church body donated the amount needed to begin this adoption process, a miracle was taking place.
To whom much is given, much is required – Luke 12:4
So many moments, all lined up perfectly, to meet in this perfect moment! ONLY GOD. God led us to this city, this church, THIS MOMENT, to lead us to our daughter! Each decision, each turn…even the ones that felt like a wrong turn…they never were. God blessed the broken road that led us straight to YOU. Today, we are nearing the end of the adoption process, and praying every day for the moment she is finally in our arms forever.
Our faith can move mountains- Matthew 17:20
Hope does not disappoint- Romans 5:5
These verses have carried us through the hardest parts of this entire process.
“Lift up your eyes and see who has created these stars, The One who brings forth the celestial host by number, He calls each one by name; by the greatness of His might and the strength of His power, not one of them is missing.” Isaiah 40:26
When we look up at the night sky, it is almost incomprehensible to imagine an infinite number of stars that have been placed in the heavens by The creator, Our creator, God. The radiant beauty of the luminous celestial lights has distinguishing characteristics and attributes which man cannot help but call beautiful and brilliant. God took an unknown substance, gave them qualities so that He recognizes them and even calls them by name. Their beauty is exquisite, causing many people to love to look at the stars, study the night sky and even seek further meaning as to how, why, where and when stars form. What comes to mind is that throughout time man has also been calling stars by name as people discover them, undoubtedly this thought was inspired by God.
“You alone are the LORD You have made the heavens, The highest of heavens with all their host, The earth and all that is on it, The seas and all that is in them You give life to all of them And the heavenly host bows down before You. ” Nehemiah 9:6
As the stars are God’s creation, so we are. He knows each of us by name; He even knows the number of hairs on our head, He knows our thoughts and our heart. God see’s us as His beautiful creation, no two of us are the same, each of us has distinguishing characteristics and attributes which He cannot help but call beautiful and brilliant.
“Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” Psalm 139:13
Though God dearly loves us, we often forget to acknowledge the supremacy of His glory and power. In life, when we are overwhelmed, we need to remember that nothing is too great for the creator of heaven, the universe, earth, and mankind to handle on our behalf.
“Ah Lord GOD! Behold, You have made the heavens and the earth by Your great power and by Your outstretched arm! Nothing is too difficult for You.” Jeremiah 32:17
When you look up to the beautiful night sky remember who hung each light in the heavens, as He stretches the universe in its great expanse so He outstretches His love out to you.
“It is He who sits above the circle of the earth, And its inhabitants are like grasshoppers, Who stretches out the heavens like a curtain And spreads them out like a tent to dwell in.” Isaiah 40:22
Life can certainly be difficult, however you do not have to identify yourself as a victim of life’s circumstances, challenges, diagnosis’ or finances.
Instead choose to walk in a victorious mindset by claiming these things:
• I am favored by God
• I am a willing participant in goodness & mercy
• I am courageous
• I am a world changer
• I am a perseverant warrior
• I am the child of the “I Am!”
• I am a child of The One True King Jesus
• I am effective
• I am a faithful witness
• I am a leader
• I am a protector
• I am a seeker of wisdom
• I am expecting miracles
• I am a lifelong learner
• I am teachable
• I am reachable
• I am reliable
• I am worth more than silver & Gold
• I am brave
• I am gifted
• I am rich in love
• I am a unifier
• I am blessed beyond measure
• I am not a quitter
• I am resilient
• I am gentle
• I am not a victim
• I am healed
• I am loved
• I am an overcomer
• I am a strong contender
• I am looking forward
• I am a giver
• I am generous
• I am kind
• I am a helper
• I am forgiven
• I am forgiving
• I am hope-filled
• I am important
• I am useful
• I am stable
• I am a nurturer
• I am saved by grace
• I am redeemed
• I am a under God’s
• I am victorious
Declare these things over your life, it will both challenge and change the way you face each trial, bring hope to yourself, as well as bring hope to others watching you go through it.
Love yourself as Jesus loves you, victoriously and watch your mindset heal!
A small look inside greater things the Lord has done, and continues to do, in my ministry and family’s journey. My segment starts at 58 minutes into this video
June 27, 2018 Johnson County Community Radio Burleson, Tx