Steps of Obedience

Steps of Obedience

“WHO is on the other side of your obedience?” Nancy Alcorn Here is how some simple steps of obedience have impacted the lives of others: Our family signed up to host because another family was selling books on a home school forum to raise money for their hosting fees. That same mama was praying that M would be hosted. She was a part of the answer to her own prayer. When we signed up to host, I started praying that other families in our area (and specifically from our church) to host. There was another mama from my church whom I had never met, who couldn’t host last Christmas, but she was praying that other people from our church would host. Her family hosted this summer. We were part of the answers to each others prayers. There was another mama that...

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Love Works

Love Works

One on the trickiest things I had to navigate when I became a host mom was how to treat my host daughter. I had planned and prepared for weeks before she came for winter hosting–praying for her, thinking about her, wondering what kind of person she was. And when she finally arrived and we had this beautiful, sweet girl depending on us …I was at a loss of how to act! At first we all rather awkwardly treated her as a guest. She was a stranger, after all. But I knew I had to lay aside my own feelings of awkwardness and insecurity and be willing to take a risk to show M love. I enrolled in a crash course on “Love is a Choice 101.” Although marriage and motherhood had taught me a few lessons, I needed the remedial course on showing love to...

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Ordinary Things

Do ordinary things with extraordinary love. (Mother Theresa)   I sometimes wished that I had the resource to give a huge sum of money to a worthy cause. You know, do something to really make a difference. But I think I know now that generosity is not a one-time event. Generosity must be a lifestyle. Generosity is not giving one large gift one time. Generosity is giving what you have with no thought of return—and doing it all. the time. The Bible has a lot to say about giving, but very little to say about the size of the gift. One specific amount we know of is the widow’s two mites. And Jesus said emphatically that her heart was so much more important than the size of the gift. When we first started our hosting journey with M, Chris and I said that we...

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She’s back!

She’s back!

It might have been after midnight, but we didn’t feel a bit tired any more! We chatted excitedly with M, surprised by the amount of English she had learned since last time we saw her–5 1/2 months ago. (A time period long in the waiting and missing her, but short for language acquisition.) We joked about the first time she had traveled home with us, when she got car sick: “BLECH!!” On the way to the hotel, every single person in our car had a huge smile on his or her face M gave all of us presents when we got to our hotel room. We had a special one for her–a photo book made from the pictures from her last visit. Being the photo-loving girl that she is, M sat down and immediately looked at each page, exclaiming over each memory. We...

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A Cord of Three Strands…

A Cord of Three Strands…

“A cord of three strands is not quickly broken.” Ecclesiastes 4:12 I cannot talk about our summer hosting journey without mentioning the five other amazing families in our area who hosted this summer as well. If a cord of three strands is not quickly broken, then a cord of SIX strands must be nearly indestructible! When we signed up to host last Christmas, we were so blessed to meet the New Horizons for Children coordinator for the Midwest region–Jenelle Cozza. She is amazing and has a huge heart for orphans…AND she attends our church! It was incredible to have the support and knowledge and prayer covering of Jenelle right in our backyard. As soon as we signed up to host, I started praying that God would burden the hearts of more families...

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Reunion!

Reunion!

When we said goodbye to M after Christmas hosting, we literally did not know if we would ever see her again. We were not sure if she would be able to be hosted again, and even if she were, we were unsure if we would be allowed to host. But I felt that God hadn’t yet finished weaving our stories together. A few weeks later, we learned we could re-host. This was not a decision to make lightly. We wanted to be certain it was God’s will for us to re-host M. As we prayed, we received confirmation that M was supposed to come this summer. In order to protect M’s feelings, we did not tell her we planned to re-host. (Not that this was too difficult to keep a secret–we had a hard time staying in contact with her. Our weekly phone calls abruptly ended...

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