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"God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure." Ephesians 1:5
"We love because he firstloved us." 1 John 4:19

Tuesday, November 20, 2012

Our personal declaration that Jesus reigns

I want to make it public to all who know us, that if indeed Nicodemu and Anouarite make it home to us in safety, that it will be an absolute miracle from the hand of God.  God forbid that as we cry out to Him and He moves in mighty deliverance, that I would neglect or cower in giving Him all of the glory.  I am specifically pleading with God, Abba "Daddy" Father, through the powerful blood of His Son Jesus Christ.  Whether you agree or disagree, this is what the Holy Scriptures say about the One in whom we put our trust.

Colossians 1:15-17  He is the image of the invisible God, the firstborn of all creation.  16 For by him all things were created, in heaven and on earth, visible and invisible, whether thrones or dominions or rulers or authorities- all things were created through him and for him.  17 And he is before all things, and in him all things hold together.

It would be foolish of us to trust in anything less, and wise of us to put all of our hopes in Him.  I know much of the world would call us foolish but that's okay.  He's worth it and this earth is not our permanent home.  There is mighty power to save in the name and the blood of Jesus.  We believe in the resurrection!  I want anyone who knows me and us and our adoption to know, to hear clearly from us, and I have to continually tell myself, that it will not be by chance or by coincidence if something were to happen to allow these children out safely and moreover to become ours. 

It seems that the Rebel M23 group has overtaken Goma and the airport we were hoping could play a role in getting them out of there.  We did hear this morning that the children are still alive.  For them to get out to safety and for there to somehow be clearances for the children to legally make it through the system that is maybe no longer a system at all, would be an act of God.  By God's grace, we'll declare it as such.  May He pry my lips open to be more faithful to Him.

More than anything, I want to hold those sweet children and rub and kiss their heads and tell them that they are loved and belong with us and that God has delighted to place them in our home and family.  I was reminded this morning as I was praying that my God is not a God who is distant and who is unacquainted with suffering.  He seemed to be telling me, "Karen, I know this suffering very well.  You and the people of Goma, and Nicodemu and Anouarite are not suffering alone.  I am right here with you all in this."  How could our foolish hearts ever reject Him every time we are met with the sufferings of this world?  The God of the Bible is not one who judges from afar, but who in love asks us to lay our burdens and sins on Him.  He has borne them lash by lash, was despised and rejected as He entered into our pain.  His love for us is beyond our comprehension.  Just as Jesus prayed in the garden that the Father would take this cup of suffering from Him, He also prayed with full trust and full surrender to the wisdom of God, "not my will but yours be done".  We stand where He stood.  "Abba, we beg you to take this cup of suffering from us and them.  We know you are mighty to save.  You have proven it throughout all generations.  We eagerly await the parting of the sea so that you can show off your glory again!  And we say with Jesus, not our will but yours be done."  

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