I’ve been making my way through the gospels as a way for me to keep my eyes fixed on Jesus. It’s been good, really good. I find myself consistently drawn to Jesus’ compassion, gentleness, wisdom, and peace.
Of course, that’s not all you get from gazing at Jesus in the first few books of the New Testament, but I believe those qualities jump out at me because they are the ones that are often times missing from my life.
This morning, as I continue through the first chapter of Luke, I’m struck by what the angel is saying to Mary. The dialogue between the two begins in similar fashion to other angel encounters where the Angel gives a greeting and then has to calm her down due to the shock of an angel appearing and talking with her.
The Angel proceeds to tell her God’s plan for her to give birth to the Son of God and they go back and forth regarding the details and then the Angel does something fun-he begins to brag on God!
In verse 36 the Angel gives a specific example of God’s miraculous power at work in the life of Mary’s relative, Elizabeth. And then in verse 37 the Angel makes an amazing claim about God that should not only stop us all in out tracks, but give us hope and encouragement with every step that we take.
Luke 1:37 – “For there is nothing that God cannot do.”
Today is one of those days that I need to be reminded that with God, nothing is ever impossible. When I feel like gentleness and compassion have vanished, I realize that perhaps I haven’t looked to God to see them reborn in me.
As much as I needed to hear this today, I’m sure that you did too. And perhaps there are others that could benefit from hearing this good news as well. Take advantage of every opportunity to brag on God!
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.
Today I find myself thankful to God for amazing grace and second chances.
“Jesus came in peace to a world of strife. He came in hope to a world of despair. He came with light to a world in darkness. He came with life for you and me.” – C. Grant
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.