Wednesday, May 6, 2015

Slaying {Dragons}

"Fairy tales do not tell children the dragons exist.  Children already know that dragons exist.  Fairy tales tell children that dragons can be killed."  ~G.K. Chesterton

I love going back through my Bible and reading the notes I took during specific times or seasons I have been through and really reflecting on what God was trying to show me then and figuring out how that same principle or lesson could apply to my life today.  

Recently, I have been going back to a passage I studied at an adoption conference a little over a year ago.  In Exodus 33: 7-11 we are told about Moses entering into The Tent of the Meeting to speak with God.  While God was meeting with Moses, a pillar of cloud would come down upon the tent and settle at its entrance.  We see that when the meeting was finished, his young aide Joshua would watch Moses exit the tent and would remain there to soak up the holiness.  He would watch Moses to see how he responded and how his actions would reflect the knowledge he had learned.  

There are so many things to take away from these few verses, yet what has just been resounding in my heart is that Joshua watched Moses.  

I think it is so very important to be mindful that our children are watching us go into The Tent of the Meeting with Our Lord.  And not only are they watching the defining moments in our lives, but they are witnessing our everyday and ordinary.  They are watching to see how we will respond to His orders and teachings.  They are watching to see how we will react when things don't quite go our way.  They are watching to see if we view ourselves as worthy and use our talents gifted from Him.  They are watching to see if we treat others with kindness, mercy, and grace.  

They are watching.  They want to see how we will respond. 

And they will internalize what they see and become what we teach.

In mothering little boys, one area in particular that I feel so very important to model for them is that with God, all things are possible.   {Matthew 19:26}

When things are tricky, I want them to see their Momma persevere and put her faith in our Savior.  When things look grim, I want them to see their Momma rally with hope and prayer.  When things are clearly unfair, I want them to see their Momma seeking justice for the broken and finding peace in the fact that this world is not our home.  I want them to see their Momma overcoming fear, trials, and tribulations simply by knowing and having a relationship with The One who has already conquered all these things.

I want them to see their Momma slay some dragons.

And I want them to know that they can do it too.  

{thankful for}
living scripture
trials that bring Him glory
childhood imaginations
that the victory is already won

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Our Adoption Timeline

  • June 19, 2011- We are officially "Paper Pregnant!" We have submitted our Waiting Child Application to Holt!
  • July 5, 2011- Submitted our formal Home Study Application to Villa Hope
  • September 6, 2011- Submitted all of our paperwork for our Home Study
  • October 8, 2011- Completed our First Home Visit
  • October 17, 2011- Completed our Second Home Visit
  • November 14, 2011- Home Study Approved
  • December 1, 2011- Filed our I600a
  • February 1, 2012- I600a Approval Letter
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