Monthly Archives: October 2012

Shining Moments

I saw them when I went to adopt.

Children. So many little ones needing a family of their own.

Children who were different.

    Precious ones who needed something more.

My heart yearned to scoop up these children.

To bring them home and to do all I could for them.

I know that no matter how it might seem to us

    these little bundles of life

    are so precious in His Sight.

That differences are often abilities

   not disabilities

   that we are the ones who need to be taught by them.

In a world that oftentimes measures worth by IQ

  these children

   are oftentimes not valued as much.

But God sees it differently, doesn’t He?

He says every little child is precious in His Sight.

He calls us to reach out

   and love them with all their differences

       to watch and learn

           what love really is.

And as we do this we are changed.

Yes, we are changed!


Years and years of teaching taught me the importance

    of seeing with His Eyes.

And when I do how things look to me


No mistakes.


      only continued opportunities to glimpse His Glory.

Let’s learn to love..really love.

Let’s discover what is truly beautiful!

There are children at this moment

   that desperately need a family.

They quietly wait day after day.

According to all the paperwork

    they are ‘special’.

These are the very ones who have a right to life.

Consider again how you see these little ones.

These precious bundles of potentiality.

Reach out

    and touch a life.

       Their life is worth living!

And as you do it

    your life will be forever changed.


Shining Moments

As I rode through the busy streets of Moscow I tried to memorize all that I saw.

So many sights touched me deeply.

The buildings. The lights. The famous cathedrals.

Never would I ever have believed

that I would have gone to Russia in my lifetime.

But here I was

winding up the adoption of my second daughter.

Waves of gratitude flooded my soul

as I watched the people hurrying back and forth.

Many times in dark clothing

heads down


My heart beat deeply for them.

Wherever I had gone in Russia

the people had been  kind and helpful.

Facilitators. Translators. Hosts.

They fed me well and gave me a glimpse of a people

with a rich heritage and a strong spirit.

It is true that many times where I stayed

was small and simple.

But there was laughter and gracious hospitality.

Thoughts go back to the small Christmas tree that was

Brought into the orphanage where 4 couples and I gathered in 1993.

Far from home.

Away from family and sometimes other children.

On a mission to adopt.

Hearts knit together with a common purpose and desire.

And knowing it was Christmas for us

Those dear people set up a small Christmas tree.


Half way around the world I sipped some broth and watched the clock


waiting for the signal to get my little baby girl.


Kind nurses and caring doctors

Who showed again and again their deep care for these children.

Again in 2002 when I journeyed to Kostroma

I saw the display of kindness again.

Doing what they could with what they had.

Those trips stretched my heart in ways I can not explain.

I saw with my own eyes

what most folks only see on television or the internet.

I smelled the flavors

I tasted the foods

I experienced a culture that I will always value

the birthplace of my daughters.

Coming home I noticed the brightness of the colors

Frequently the largeness of our homes

and the many items in our stores.

Back in 1993 in Borovitchie, Russia

I saw the empty shelves with my own eyes.


Getting outside of the walls of America

meeting people in other countries

talking and listening to their stories

gave me a greater appreciation.

There is much to learn from each other.

Hearts touching hearts.

Working together for a common purpose.

Jesus loves the little children

   All the children of the world.

We sang it in Sunday school many years ago

and I glimpsed His Love with my own eyes

how wide it is

how deep it is

how strong that love is and continues to be.

All the children of the world


He Loves and wants them to know.


Shining Moments

Life has changed alot from those days of Father Knows Best,

       Metal lunch boxes that flew open at the worst of times,

       Playing kickball outside with the neighborhood kids.

Listening to the crickets singing on a late summer’s evening.

Evenings of homework and then family times.

But even though in a way it seems different

    some things remain the same.

People still matter.

Children still light up my world.

Older ones continue to speak words of wisdom

     as they remember a different time

      and a different world.

Ordinary days are filled with the extraordinary

    for those who see it.

Truth is stronger than evil

   although it might not look like it.

And even though it might seem like your individual efforts

    on any given day

    are not appreciated

  there is One Who knows.

Yes, He knows your heart.

He knows how very hard you are trying.

He knows and cares

   about you.

An old chorus used to go…’It matters to Him about you.”

As a growing girl I’d sing along and often wonder.

How could a God I could not see

    possibly know and care?

But He does.

So whatever you are experiencing this day

   let the light of this Truth brighten your moments.

He knows. He cares.

   His love is everlasting.

The days are growing shorter. Practically dark when I awaken now.

Changes ever so slightly.

But there is One Who never changes.

Let Him draw you to Himself today

    and nestle in His arms.

Yes, relax and sink into His Love that will never let you go.