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Saturday, January 1, 2011

Just had to share

Oh I have so much to tell you all about. So much to share about the last few days at our home. I have many, many words of encouragement and hope for those planning to adopt or who have recently adopted. And I have a few words of caution to go along with them :-)

But ya'll will have to wait on all that. For now, I just had to share a quick story...

If you've been following our blog for a while, you've read this post. We wrote this back in July when Dan was preparing for his second trip of the year to Uganda with Sixty Feet. At that time, the Lord was just beginning to prick our hearts for adoption. Wow, we had no idea what this year would hold for us!

In the spirit of sacrificial giving, our little 4 1/2 son, Davis, had decided to give his most prized possession to Dan to take to a child in Uganda. For those of you with little boys, you know how big this is... he gave Dan his "fabulous" silver and blue Lightning McQueen outfit. This outfit was truly Davis's treasure -- he would have worn it everyday if we he had been allowed. And yet he decided, completely on his own, to give Daddy this outfit to take to a little boy in Uganda named Museveni. Davis had seen many, many pictures of little Museveni -- I suppose he felt a kindred spirit with him or something. But whatever the reason, Davis wanted little Museveni to have his outfit. And so Dan took it to Uganda and delivered this precious, sacrificial gift.



Today that little boy, Museveni, is my son. And we call him Joseph.

This morning I was finally catching up on the mountain of laundry around this place. I was just sitting in the den folding clothes, minding my own business when what should suddenly appear on the top of the pile... but the Lightning McQueen outfit. I haven't thought about that thing in so long -- and little Davis has never mentioned it once. And now the treasured outfit had made its way back to us!

May we never fear to give sacrificially and without restraint to God's kingdom. Your return may not come in the way or in the timing you expect, but it will come. Davis's gift came right back to him but with a double blessing -- this time he has a brother and sister to go along with it.



"Give and you will recieve. Your gift will return to you in full -- pressed down, shaken together to make room for more, running over and poured into your lap. The amount you give will determine the amount you get back. -- Luke 6:38 NLT

9 comments:

Lari said...

We can learn so much from our children! Enjoy your new little ones. Looking forward to your updates!

Joshua Goodling said...

Awesome story - and what a reminder of how good God is to us when we simply trust Him and take Him at His word!

Jane said...

I have been thinking about you this weekend. Thanks for posting.

Alison said...

Love this!!! YAY!!! SO glad your whole family is together and HOME!! Praise God!!

love said...

best story ever.

The Fruitful Family said...

Oh my gracious! I'm in tears!! His shirt came back...with his new brother. God, You are so precious!

Chasity said...

Love it!

Jennie said...

Fabulous story, Shelly. I love how you see God's beautiful threads throughout your journey.

michael said...

love love love this