Monday, February 9, 2015

Open Your Hearts

As the years go by, my view on adoption has changed. I have gone from desiring an adorable newborn, cute and cuddly-one that would fit "perfectly" into our family, one that would love you from the beginning, to also thinking -what about the million other orphans? The teens, the special needs, the ones who won't love you right off, the ones who might even detest you, the ones who may be hard to love, the ones who will push you away. God has graciously opened my heart to see the enormous need and to experience the joy older orphans and special needs orphans can bring into your home. Though I would still be thrilled with a newborn, my heart now desires any child that may need a home. An orphan is an orphan, no matter the age. Every orphan matters! There are millions of children that aren't "adorable" babies, teens who need someone to want them - to love them, to cherish them. Just because your age is older doesn't mean you don't need someone to love and take care of you. Even now as I am an adult I still need the love of my family; that will never change. We are made to love and be loved. 

Consider the call to love the orphans, to open your heart to the immense need around the world!


Choosing to be thankful, instead of annoyed!

Over the past couple of weeks New England has been hammered with snow, and I mean a ton of snow. We have had storm after storm with massive amounts of accumulation. I am not a winter person, never really have been.  The warm summer sun on my face and my toes in the sand is more my type of season. But yesterday as I was thinking of the impending storm and dreading its arrival I was struck with how un-thankful my heart was and I didn't like it. This verse also came to mind~

"Yours is the day, yours also the night;
you have established the heavenly lights and the sun.
 You have fixed all the boundaries of the earth;
you have made summer and winter." Psalm 74:16-17

God is the one who brings the snow in its season and my complaining and annoyances at it messing with my plans is actually me sinning and not being content with what He has sent my way. So today as I woke I tried to dwell on all the blessings I have and be thankful instead. 

The majority of my plans were cancelled for today, so I decided to take the opportunity and do a little baking. I have always loved to bake, though recently I have gone gluten and lactose free, and it has presented challenging to me to bake and have it actually taste like something I would enjoy eating. I figured today would be a good day to work on those skills. Hopefully with some more trial and error I'll have it down :) 

Orange Cranberry squares
Things I am thankful for today that I far too often take for granted-
~A warm home to keep me from the elements
~The large amount of coffee I was able to enjoy today :)

~A neighbor who graciously helped with snow cleanup 
~Time to read and blog
~Hugs from my precious 3 year old brother
~The beauty that the snow creates on the trees
~A new oven that works fantastically
~Fuzzy socks :)

What are you thankful for today?

The view out our front door this morning. The snow has since made much larger piles