Beauty from Ashes

  She is coming this summer. God is faithful; He is good and He does good. And that truth does not change based on our external circumstances. There is still pain. There is still hurt. We may never know the whole story on this side of eternity.  It is M’s story, and it is an important story. God knows her story. And He cares. He cared enough about a little orphan girl that He wove her story together with ours. He chose for us to be together at Christmas time. He mobilized an army of prayer warriors on her behalf. She is not simply a statistic or a nameless face. She is known and she is loved. I will always question why ashes appear in our stories. I want the beauty without the pain. But I am thankful that God promises to make beauty out of the ashes. I...

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Be Still

We received troubling news about M a week ago. In order to protect her privacy, I won’t say more than we don’t know at this point if she will be able to come here for summer hosting. Last Tuesday, I was not functioning very well. We had asked friends and family and fellow host parents to pray for M and for us, and I knew they were. But I could barely pray myself. I had no words of my own to pray. I was drowning in worry. After shuffling through the morning in a cloud of grief, I sent the girls to watch TV while I read Scripture in my bed. These are the promises I know: we prayed Jeremiah 29:11-13 over M before she even came–”‘I know the plans I have for you,’ declares the Lord, ‘plans to prosper you and not to harm you,...

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