Children of God


I’ve thought about this blog post, facebook update and tweet for a long time. More than my usual twitter and facebook babble.

In the last few months the conversation from two love birds in 2001 in Greenville, South Carolina went from a small pipe dream of “wouldn’t it be cool to adopt someday” through a metamorphosis that completely ransacked our hearts and lives for the plight of the orphans.

We are amazed.
We are humbled.
We are scared.
And by that, I don’t mean we are just feeling a bit emotional.
Nope, we are unglued. We are ruined.

And by faith..and I do mean, by faith, we are saying “yes, Lord!”

So, this is the soft leak, I guess for a lack of a better word, of the call we believe (and have had confirmed by godly counsel) God has placed on our lives for our next season.

The story of how we fit in this picture, is important; but it’s not the real story. It  never is though, is it?

We are not the lead characters. We are not going to write the script. Even though I’m sure we’ll try.

We aren’t even sure who the characters are going to be; but we are already dreaming of him/her.

True, through grace we step into amazing roles and story lines created only by the Author of Life; but we are not the heroes.

We are not the stars.

We are only a  “trail of stardust leading to the Superstar” (Lecrae’s album).

But, this is even the deeper foundation of the story, the only story there really is to tell…

If we fail to proclaim this message in anything we do, we’ve got it all wrong.

So, here is where we begin, at the Cross….

Praise to the Father of our Lord, Jesus Christ
Our God and our King, to Him we will sing
In His great mercy, He has given us life
Now we can be called the children of God

Great is the Love that the Father has given us
He has delivered us
He has delivered us

Children of God, sing your song and rejoice
For the love that He has given us all
Children of God, by the blood of His Son
We have been redeemed and we can be called
Children of God
Children of God

A mystery is revealed to the universe
The Father above has proven His love
Now we are free from the judgment that we deserve
And so we are called the children of God

Great is the Love that the Father has given us
He has delivered us
He has delivered us

We are the saints
We are the children
We’ve been redeemed
We’ve been forgiven
We are the sons and daughters of our God

We covet your prayers. We thank our family and oikos-community-covenant friends who have been standing with us over the last few months in prayer and confirmation of this call: “Not that we are competent in ourselves to claim anything for ourselves, but our competence comes from God. He has made us competent as ministers of a new covenant…” (2 Cor. 3:5-6) 

There is so much more to share; and we hope you will join us in this journey as we unpack the next steps.


8 responses »

  1. dang it, Jess! I just did my make up! I love you soooo much and can’t wait to see how God fulfills this calling for your….our family! — Joy

  2. I’m so proud of you both for taking this huge leap of faith and obedience! Will certainly continue to pray for the growth of one of my favorite families!! Love you!

  3. So excited! His heart for sure! Lead sista lead and may all the rest of us around you listen and obey-as it pleases Him so! Love you!! k

  4. Wonderful! I’m so glad that Stephen and I are among those walking beside you and Travis on this new chapter of your lives!

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