This Christmas season has been full of running to events and parties, making cookies and gifts, and watching the excitement as the girls experience all the firsts; decorating the tree, Christmas lights, Nativity play, etc.
Rachel performed beautifully at her piano recital
And we finally got our Christmas cards out - without the pretty matching tops I hoped to use
But in the midst of the fun, we've managed to keep focused on the true meaning of Christmas - God with us - walking among us - 2,000 years ago. During her Bible study this morning, Katie asked if she could pray to accept Jesus into her heart. While Rachel early knew the love of God, Jenny was attracted to the justice and protection of God, and Sarah was BORN with the joy of the Lord, Katie has never felt His call till now. My most pragmatic and sensible child, she lives in the here and now, always serving and not easily moved. I was overjoyed to pray with her and can't think of a better Christmas gift.
So after the excitement, the girls are now insisting that we set up a Bible Club for children in our house - Jenny says we "need" to do this - and they're all very excited about it. Not sure what they have in mind, but they want to teach other children the wonderful things they've learned about God in the nearly nine months they've been home. I'm sure they'll be able to accomplish anything they set out to do - so I'm looking forward to what the New Year will bring. Praising God for His mercy and every day thanking Him for the blessings of these beautiful children.
Please remember to pray for "Chad" - he has only days to find a committed family.
The people walking in darkness have seen a great light; on those living in the land of the shadow of death a light has dawned. Isaiah 9:2
For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace. Isaiah 9:6