Our J turned 19 months today! I have been thinking about how little we know about his first 19 months and how little we have to remember it by, unlike our other two children. By the time Jake and Elyse each turned 19 months they had hundreds of pictures taken of them to mark every milestone in their lives, they knew who their mommy and daddy were and they knew that mommy and daddy were there to love them unconditionally and meet all of their needs. They had never been left alone and when they were left with family or a babysitter they had learned that mommy and daddy would return. J doesn't know what a mommy and daddy are, or what they do. He doesn't know that he has a family that loves him and thinks about him all the time, he doesn't even know what a family is. Don't get me wrong... he is in a good place, and for that we are so grateful... but it is still an orphanage. If we spent too much time thinking about what he has to overcome from the early days in his life, we would be completely overwhelmed! But thankfully we serve a God who makes all things new. It is God who will make Js life whole not us!
"and provide for those who grieve in Zion- to bestow on them a crown of beauty instead of ashes, the oil of gladness instead of mourning, and a garment of praise instead of a spirit of despair. They will be called oaks of righteousness, a planting of the Lord for the display of HIS splendor." Isaiah 61:3
We know that God is going to take the hard events in Js life and turn them from ashes into beauty so that God will be glorified. What satan intended for evil God will use for good!
I had to include a link to a video of a recent homecoming of some precious children. Brett Younker, a worship leader in Atlanta, wrote and sings the song The New Has Come in this video! You'll love it!