We Have This Moment…that’s It

July 28, 2014 by Nama

This morning my heart aches for a friend who said goodbye to her husband over the weekend. A few years ago in this steamy summer season Tim and i stood at the family photo table in the foyer of a little rural church hurting with another friend who had just said goodbye to the wife of his youth.  As we looked at each image chronicling the years and love they had shared we tried to come to terms with how quickly one face can be ripped from those images.  As we stood side by side we each knew… “Something has to change!”  We knew in a way we would not escape that we had to find the path to treasuring one another and cherishing each moment we were gifted. If it was really true that as quickly as we had said the words “I do” it could all be snatched from our hands and hearts we could not waste another moment of this precious together life. Continue reading

Blessed~In the Failing

July 25, 2014 by Nama

15 Though he slay me, I will hope in him;
    yet I will argue my ways to his face.  Job 13:15

Many days i see more of the falling short than the succeeding.  My eyes are too often fixed on how this world measures.  Our everyday holds some challenges and puzzles that solutions are not easily found to.  If a possible solution is found the process of “getting there” may be daunting.  i am often weary, on the brink of  losing hope and feel all too deeply my our inadequacy and failing.

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The Holy Process of Waiting

July 24, 2014 by Nama

He cannot gather the fruit till it is ripe. He knows when we are spiritually ready to receive the blessing to our profit and His glory. Waiting in the sunshine of His love is what will ripen the soul for His blessing. Waiting under the cloud of trial, that breaks in showers of blessings, is as needful.

Be assured that if God waits longer than you could wish, it is only to make the blessing doubly precious.  

For this reason the Lord is ready to show you mercy; he sits on his throne, ready to have compassion on you. Indeed, the Lord is a just God; all who wait for him in faith will be blessed.—Isa 30:18

 From Streams in the Desert, July 22, read the entire meditation  Here .

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This Profound Honor Is Each of Ours

 July 23, 2014 by Nama
Religion that God the Father accepts as pure and without fault [undefiled] is this: caring for orphans and widows ,who need help [in their trouble/distress/persecution], and keeping yourself  free from the world’s evil influence.
James 1:27

We have had the immeasurable JOY of walking alongside a young family who are right smack dab in the middle of a miracle.  A miracle that requires sacrifice, that requires death to self  and letting go of safety.  A miracle that keeps them clinging to their Jesus in a powerful way.  A miracle of redemption and healing and rebuilding, of Love and commitment and our Lord’s beautiful unfolding plan of blessing.

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Commitment~Part 2 of Our Adoption Story

July 17, 2014 by Pappa with thoughts from Nama


Today we celebrate the gift of those gorgeous chocolate eyes.  9 years ago today we received our referral for N.Doumoundo B. Lamien.  We will share the very first images that arrived in our inbox of our 5th child and the miracle of Love that filled our hearts and home that day. Continue reading

So Hard and Oh so Easy 

July 16, 2014 by Nama

The past week has taken me to the heights  of walking in clear direction from my Lord coupled with knowing His strength in taking the next step; followed by crumpling under the weight of my weakness, brokenness and the uncertainties that this world brings to my pilgrim’s progress.


Often what seems hard and uncertain…

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