Courtney S. Barr

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Monday, August 22, 2016

Celebrating Faith

I saw the Lord always in my presence; for He is at my right hand, so that I will not be shaken – Acts 2:25

 

There is something about good news. It isn't just the obvious - the good part, it's beyond that. It's the acceptance and the celebration and the reality of the news...the truth of it.

 

We received a text from a sweet set of friends who know our adoption journey well. They know it not because we've told them but because their journey has been so similar. I was on the rocker watching a favorite Friends episode when the text came across. 

 

A picture of a beautiful baby girl and a message following introducing us to the newest member of their family. Their secret was out. 

 

The tears came first. I wept. I smiled and laughed out loud. I then responded sharing in their joy & utter adoration of their new daughter.

 

My mind flickered, trembling a bit for a moment as it recalled the day’s message at church. Our pastor spoke on faith. On continued faith. The faith we all speak of but sometimes let slip. I've let it slip. I've let the waiting, the time and the expectations of my own heart cause it to slip. God hasn't caused it. I have. He's been doing what He does and He's been doing it perfectly. I'm the anxious one, the one giving a time table, end date and expectant result. Our pastor spoke about those time tables, the ones we create and how the humor in the Word reminds us that His time is not like our time & most importantly He isn't going to change that because we get frustrated or petulant or demanding...no, He is the all knowing One. The One who sees ALL the pieces from our beginning and our end and He loves the first piece & He loves the last piece, but I believe He cherishes the pieces in between. He is going to enjoy the closeness that is created as we go to him during the in between.

 

Have you ever looked up the definition of cherish? It's actually perfect for His perspective and a word I personally select in these moments to center myself in His love. 

 

To cherish is to: protect and care for (someone) lovingly; keep a hope or ambition in one's mind

 

synonyms:

Adore, love, dote on, be devoted to, nurture, foster, cling to, possess.

 

In that definition there is no denying the importance of the journey & the presence of God himself. The word itself evokes how He loves us. I can't stop singing His praises because I'm tired of the waiting, it's in the exhaustion I must whisper His name, when the tears roll I must not let walls build I must let them fall away. 

 

It may not always make sense to me, but it doesn't have to- that therein lies sometimes the hardest part to swallow. But we must take our hope and lay it on Him. For He is with us always. He is the best of our good news, He is the answer to every question. 

 

Those sweet friends of mine are celebrating, praising Him today...but it isn't the first time they have, no the good news they shared was good – amazing, beautiful, wonderful even; but the BEST part of their journey is how their identity in Christ evolved when the days were long and the pain ran deep. I cannot imagine how they are feeling - I dream about how we will feel when our day comes and I trust in Him that the date is there, written down and will come when He has deemed it to. 


The good news in this story is beyond overwhelmingly good, it is a heart’s desire, an answered prayer and a million Christmas mornings all in one. So the good news runs deep, it is flooding their every moment and in it, we see beyond just the simple word good and we see best. We see chosen, adored, devoted, nurturing…every bit of what it is to cherish the sweet beautiful little girl they now hold.

 

The journey isn't ending for them, not at all - this parenting journey will be full of more sleepless, prayer filled nights but it will be all the better because the first leg of their journey was prayer filled, hope filled and faith filled & this time they are holding to the truth they have received in His promises. He still remains, the doting Father, the adoring parent and the loving promise that everything of Him is good, even when we can’t see it yet, even when the nights are long and the tears fall for hurt not joy, for when the day comes that everything is clear we will embrace Him and see that faith has not only been exactly what we needed along the way, but it is the steadfast answer to our prayer before the words even leave our lips…

 

Dear Village, please continue to pray for our journey of adoption, growth and faith, but this week we also ask that you visit our friend’s post and read about Faith, and their adoption journey – pray for them, for the birthmother and for this precious child.

 

http://mrswchilders.blogspot.com

 

And without faith it is impossible to please God, because anyone who comes to Him must believe that He exists and that He rewards those who earnestly seek Him. – Hebrews 11:6

 

3 comments:

  1. Court...wow, I am just in tears and in awe of your precious friendship and your beautiful heart. Joe and I have both SOBBED!! We love you both so much and we are praying for your journey and we are believing God has something beautiful ahead for you guys and no one will rejoice louder than we will! Keep the faith! It's coming soon!

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  2. عملاؤنا الكرام نوجه عناية سيادتكم بإستخدامنا مبيدات فعالة وامنة صحياً وبيئياً سواء لرش المبيدات المنزلية أو المبيدات الزراعية ونود أن نخبركم بأهدافنا الراقية ليس فقط مجرد القيام بأعمال رش المبيدات أو رش الحشرات إنما خدماتنا ما بعد الرش أيضاً في متابعة تأثير عمليه الرش وقياس فترات الرش لتقديم خطة شاملة لعملية رش تضمن القضاء التام علي الحشرات المنزلية. شركة رش مبيدات بالرياض
    لدينا كافة المعلومات علي كل الحشرات الموجودة بالرياض وكل نوع من الحشرات له نظام معين في عملية الرش ونوع معين من مبيدات الرش سواء نوع واحد أو يتم المزج بين أنواع معين من مبيدات الرش وهذه الخدمات لن تجدها إلا في مجموعة شركات ركن كلين
    تعتبر عمليه التخلص من الحشرات ومكافحة القوارض بأشكالها وأنواعها المختلفه ليست عمليه جماليه أو عمليه يمكن أن تتم بشكل ثانوى ؛ ولكنها عمليه أساسية لابد أن تتم فى وقتها من أجل التخلص من تفاقم وانتشار الحشرات بشكل كبير ؛ لذلك تحرص الشركة كأفضل شركة مكافحة حشرات بالرياض ؛ على التخلص من جميع الأفات الشرسه التى تسبب فى انتقال العديد من الأمراض الخطيرة مثل (حمى عضة الفئران , الكوليرا , الرمد الصديدى والطاعون والدوسنتريا ؛ بالاضافه الى اليرقان والتيفود وتسمم الأغذية.
    شركة مكافحة الحمام بالرياض
    شركة مكافحة حمام بالرياض
    شركة رش دفان بالرياض
    شركة مكافحة الصراصير بالرياض
    شركة مكافحة الناموس بالرياض
    شركة مكافحة النمل الاسواد بالرياض
    شركة مكافحة الهاموش بالرياض
    شركة مكافحة فئران بالرياض
    شركة مكافحة النمل الابيض بالرياض
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بالخرج
    شركة مكافحة حشرات بجازان

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