view from our room Sunday morning
Last weekend I had the privilege of spending my weekend with 400+ adoptive moms at the Created for Care Retreat in Georgia. Thankfully, for so many reasons, one of those 400 moms was Amber. I wasn't entirely sure what to expect from the weekend, but I knew I was supposed to go. It was an amazing weekend full of incredible teaching, worship and intense time spent with the Lord. I met some new heroes like Susan Hillis and Beth Templeton and decided I want to be like them when I grow up. I was encouraged and equipped in parenting all my children, and not with trite ideas or strategies, but with the Word and Its power. A few of the stand-outs...
-Bad days do not change who I am...and I am F(ragrant) R(eflection) E(ternity) E(verywhere)
-By faith Abraham: obeyed, moved on, received power, offered up...look forward to what God's doing in your child; do not look back and make their identity about what happened to them in the past
-Make our waiting Spanish! Esperar- to wait, to hope....make our waiting hoping
-The world sees orphans, Jesus sees disciples
-"I am the mom who Jesus loves"...believe it, live it! Freedom, empowerment and intimacy come when I live in the reality of who I really am.
-The revelation of my child's identity in Christ transforms my parenting. I need to pour into that- to call forth the treasure of Christ that is within.
-An orphan is defined by what's missing. A son or daughter is defined by relationship.
-I can not afford to have thoughts in my head about myself (or my child) that God doesn't have about me.
-The facts will change, but the truth never does. I need to give them language about the truth of who they are.
I realize this might not make much sense to anyone else, but that's okay. It means a lot to me and I'm still processing through the impact it will have on my parenting. I feel like I've been given a run for my money this week on parenting, let alone making any lasting changes. But it is a process and one bad day or week or, heck, even bad month, will not define us! The bottom line for me this weekend was to know the truth and speak it into my kids' lives; the truth about who they are, who God is, and doing all I can to point them to Him to find their identity. We left their believing that "Not one, not one, not one of our children will fall away from Me. They will all know know my heart." I am standing on that promise!!