As I was reading Matthew 9:13 I was realizing how thankful I am that, for God, mercy trumps sacrifice. I still have a long way to go to see this worked out in my life, but I’m glad for Jesus’ example.
This morning this song captured where my heart is at these days.
Today our family celebrates the one year anniversary of Joseph and Luis coming home. In many ways, it’s hard to believe it’s already been one year. As I reflect back I am amazed at all that God has done.
It is very clear that both of the boys have grown. They’ve grown physically taller. They’ve grown tremendously in their language skills. Their vocabulary has multiplied and they’re in the process of catching up on their learning as they make their way through their first year of kindergarten. The boys are growing in their relationships. This hasn’t always been easy, for any of us, but God is on the move and working mightily.
For me, lately I’ve realized the miracles that God is working in my own heart. The attachment process has been more difficult than I would have expected, but God has proven to be so very faithful in the midst of it all.
Lately God has been asking me a very simple question:
Danny, are you willing to give the boys what they need?
Sounds super simple, doesn’t it? And it is, it really is. However, I’ve figured out a way to make this tougher than it should be. I’ve allowed my own needs and my selfish desire to get in the way and cloud my decisions. I’m so grateful that God continues to offer His mercy and grace to me so that I, in turn, can offer it to my boys. The Holy Spirit is coming alive in me more and more and that is what allows me to give the boys what they need…love, laughter, grace, direction, second chances…
We are a family of seven…and we choose to celebrate today!
My wife and I have had the incredible privilege of attending the ETC Conference this past weekend. God has met us in miraculous ways to encourage and inspire us to lay a foundation of connecting with our children for the purpose of empowering them to walk in healing and wholeness.
Would you rather get stuck for five hours in a broken elevator or a broken ski lift?