I got my T-shirt from Gwen today. Did you get yours? If not, you're missing out... they are CUTE and did you realize they are long sleeved? They are... can't wait to wear mine tomorrow. When I picked up my shirt today, Gwen ran out to the car all excited about a book she is reading. I haven't read it... yet. But I have to get it. She has quoted it a couple times on her blog already, but today she said something to me that just stuck with me. She asked me, "What are you doing today that is causing you to live on faith?" Wow! That's a way to start every day, huh? And I really thought about that for a while because I have often said that I am never closer to God than when we are in the midst of an adoption. Never closer because I am so dependent on Him. I know there is no way on earth that a child from the other side of the globe would be placed in my arms but for the grace of the Almighty. That's easy... I can live on nothing but faith in those days because there's no other option. But what about when I am in my comfort zone? What about when I am driving around in my SUV for 8 with a DVD player and a tank full of glass, sipping my Starbucks? What then? Isn't it strange that those days are when it's "hard"... the faith part is harder then. The other thing Gwen quoted from the book was "How can you walk out of a mud hut (I'll say orphanage) and return to your 2,000 square foot house and never look back?" I am looking back. I just don't know what that looks like right now. I think it looks like supporting Katie while she's cooking rats... go read it for yourself. Or delivering band-aids and anti-biotic ointment to Matt today before he leaves for Liberia. At least for today that's how it looked. What did YOU do today to care for the fatherless?
"Religion that is pure and undefiled before God and the Father is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction and to keep oneself unstained by the world."