This weekend there is a gathering of like minded individuals meeting with The !dea Camp about ending the orphan crisis.
Adoption and orphan care is something that God has placed very heavily on my heart. He’s brought a number of people into my life that are in the process of adopting (Elora & Russ [adoption site] & Erin & Chris).
One thing that God is teaching me over and over is that He adopted me. He brought me from the dregs of life into the inheritance of a King. Through His grace and compassion for us He adopted us.
His grace overflowed for us. He adopted us and has sent the Holy Spirit to serve as a form of orphan care as we walk the road of sanctification until we reach the day of inheritance.
Fridays are my worst day to blog. In other words I rarely have a post on Fridays. In order to resolve that I’m planning to have a reoccurring topic on Fridays called Elements of Grace. In this my hope is to post more often on Fridays and focus my heart and mind more on my One Word.
I’ve decided that by deciding to participate in One Word 2011 I’ve opened my life up to the Holy Spirit to come in and rearrange this life I’ve so magnificently laid out. Convictions happen more frequently. I’m stopping to think before thinking, speaking, etc. I find myself more grieved over sin that is both subtlety and blatantly not acts of grace [in addition to other sin].
This wasn’t something I expected. I believe my expectations were that I would magically just start having grace towards people. I never took into account that it meant purging anything out.
Have you noticed God purging out sin in your life via your One Word?
I’ve joked on Twitter that God is already trying to work in me my One Word: Grace. But it really isn’t joking, because He is already moving and has been for the past few weeks. Sending things my way. Reminding me in situations to exercise grace rather than impatience or anger or frustration. What an ideal time to start: Christmas.
It’s like He really wants me to learn the art of grace and He doesn’t need to wait for the count down at midnight.
Today this post from Catalyst’s blog was waiting for me in my Google Reader. He is speaking. He longs for me to be like Him. He is pouring out His grace on me so that I can learn to have grace.
My memory verse for January:
Colossians 3:12-13 (New Living Translation)
Since God chose you to be the holy people he loves, you must clothe yourselves with tenderhearted mercy, kindness, humility, gentleness, and patience. Make allowance for each other’s faults, and forgive anyone who offends you. Remember, the Lord forgave you, so you must forgive others.
Prudence is a 30-something writer who lives in Arizona with her husband Shawn and their chihuahuas Lengua and Zeus. She writes her life, her experiences and her crawl back to hope. Eventually, she hopes to visit India – a place that’s captured her heart without ever stepping foot on the soil.