Monday, May 13, 2013

When An Orphan Becomes A Daughter

I really just never get tired of talking about this, marveling at how BIG our God is!  I see it so often in the life of our Little Girl.  Seventeen months ago she lived in an orphanage in Ethiopia.  This past Saturday she danced on a stage in front of a large audience in America at her ballet recital, with her mom, dad, sister and 2 brothers cheering from the 4th row!  She did an amazing job, wasn't scared at all, performed her dance nearly exactly as her class had practiced (with a bit of her own adorable flair, or course), and had so much fun that she wants to do it again!

God did this.  He is in the business of transforming lives.

There is just no way to go from this:

To this:


without a whole lot of God!

She was a female orphan over the age of infancy in a 3rd world country. A pretty low state of being by the world's standards with typically a terrible life prognosis. So, every time I see her achieve a regular-American-kid milestone, like performing in a dance recital, it leaves me in awe of our miracle-working God! She has come so far! Anyone who has spent time with her would tell you, this little girl can take on the world. 

She has a future and a hope, not only with her Heavenly Father someday, but here on this very earth, this side of eternity! Without the chains of poverty or the stigma of the term "orphan" and with the security and love of a family, a whole new world was opened up to her. 

He redeemed her life. Not us. Him! 

Please hear me out on this. We fall short every single day. The only thing we did out of the ordinary was say "Yes" to an extraordinary God.

And now we get front row seats (sometimes it's 4th row, but we'll take it) to witness God's miracles!

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  1. Happy Mother's Day to you! Thanks for sharing your front row view of God's handiwork!

  2. I love this story. :)

    Too, little girl looks beautiful in that color!
    It compliments her skin and, she glows! :) (dance costume)

  3. Oh wow - that gave me major goosebumps! She's really blossomed being part of your loving family! God is great! :)

    WW: Hatching Spring

  4. Beautiful! Thank you for sharing her awesome with all of us!

  5. To God be the glory!! So very well said. :) Thank you for not only saying yes, but for sharing the joy that follows such a step of faith with all of us. Hugs


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