Tuesday Topic: Let Earth Receive Her King

I was thinking today about Advent and our anticipation of Jesus as Christmas approaches.  Last Sunday we lit three candles on our Advent wreath and the light is shining more brightly each week.

As I folded laundry my mind was wandering about thinking about Jesus and how He comes to us and reaches into our lives changing everything.

So this week’s Tuesday Topic is mine – your comments can be a Christmas gift to me. My question is:

How did you come to know Jesus? How did He make himself known to you?  Was it a moment or a long slow journey?  Was there ever a time when you didn’t know Him?  Do you know Him now, or are you getting familiar with Him?

Or

Is there a moment when He was richly present in your life that has left a profound memory?

I hope you will share your thoughts, however brief, to build our faith and lead us with even greater anticipation to the celebration of Jesus who came to us, a mighty King and a precious baby.

If you have a Tuesday Topic you would like me to share about children, adoption, marriage, or anything else that seems relevant to the talks we have here, please email it to me at lisa@onethankfulmom.com

I would love to hear from you.

Encourage one another,

Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

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  1. Jane
    December 14, 2010

    My adoption story is a story of redemption- not of my adopted children, like I started out thinking it would be, but of myself. It was the first time in my life I was stepping out in faith and completely abandoning myself to Jesus. I admit, since that remarkable journey that brought me so much closer to Him, and in which He made Himself so real to me, I have had a hard time continuing to live daily in the same spirit I did during that time. The remarkable thing is that He continues to remind me, often through my adopted children, how to live life for Him, and also how like my adopted children I am to Him. I am truly thankful for the experience, and I didn't know when I began what a faith building God-story it would be.

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  2. Leah
    December 14, 2010

    My daughter came home on Dec 17th this past year. She was born with several birth defects including one that required a colostomy bag for months. We were required to travel from Korea to Hawaii for medical evaluations and surgeries a few weeks after she joined our family. With only our suitcases we had to establish a life in Hawaii for several months. Caring for Eden was hard and changing a colostomy bag several times a day is no joke. It took us several weeks to figure out the "right" process and equipment to get the job done. How were we going to do this in a rental house without all our gear? When we arrived at our rental house in Hawaii there was the exact rack/changing table that we had just purchased in Korea waiting for us in one of the closets. We did not even think to pray for this. God just provided for our every need…even the dirty details. A clear and abundant provision from God, the loving of my soul and my provider. How great is His provision? How wide is His love? How wonderful is His friendship? Greater, wider, and more wonderful than I can imagine!

    Merry Christmas!

    L

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  3. One Thankful Mom
    December 15, 2010

    Christmas is always a reflective time for me because it is when I truly embraced Christ and began my life anew. I was nearly fifteen and believe it or not, I had already made a significant mess of my life. I was living away from home, in crisis, when Jesus reached into my life and grabbed hold of me. It was powerful and shook my world, changing me in every way. The story is too long and gut-wrenching to share today, but perhaps one day I will. Every Christmas when we set up our tree, I remember being that lost, lonely, and terrified girl, sitting in front of a Christmas tree late at night, rocking slowly to comfort myself, and I give thanks that Jesus did not leave me there, but He came to set me free, to take away my sins, and give me an entirely new life.

    "No more let sins and sorrows grow, nor thorns infest the ground. He comes to make His blessings flow, far as the curse is found…"

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  4. Mary
    December 15, 2010

    We became foster parents this year and added a sweet baby boy to our biological 3 yr. old and 2 yr. old. I think this year God gave me new eyes. Every verse I read, song I sing, familiar Bible story I read has new meaning to me this year. God has done his surgery work in my heart–very painful and very redemptive. We give back our foster son on Friday morning. A blow to my mommy heart. What sustains me is knowing God goes with RJ and my prayer that the gospel will come crashing into his life early and often.
    For me, I can sum up my foster experience thus far like this: "I have had to relinquish more of me than I thought I was holding onto and gaining more of me than I realized was missing."

    I once was blind but now I see. We will go back for more foster children. Oh my yes. And I am praying we can go for some adoptive children as well.

    So well put Lisa, Let earth receive HER KING!

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  5. Kemery Kane
    December 15, 2010

    The only thing I have relating to adoption is being adopted myself – which reminds me, I owe my mom a call today. I found faith when I was a young adult, when I met a woman at an adoption meeting and felt inspired to know her, an inspiration that came from something bigger than myself. She gave me my first bible that I actually read, and I still have that on my bookshelf now. Through my journey I've walked closer with God at times and in others, I let him carry me. Am I still getting to know him? Yes – absolutely. Is he with me now? Yes – absolutely. Has he ever not been there for me? No, I think not, but I do think he makes me stand on my own two feet sometimes to get the message through.

    I was most comforted by my faith when I had to make the wrenching decision to take a child off life support. He didn't joke around that morning – he made sure I felt him there with every fiber of my being. These days, life is hard and I struggle to just raise the shades and get out of bed some mornings. He's still there, but he's also making me work for it myself. That's one of the things I love about him – he knows what I need (whether I like it or not) and doesn't just hand it over. But, even through this stretch of life, perhaps my hardest thus far, I know he's there. That's faith to me.

    A joyous Christmas season to you, Lisa.

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    1. Lori
      December 17, 2010

      I can relate to your pain in losing a child. Our grief can sometimes overshadow our belief (head vs. heart) of the truth of Who God is. Cling to His Word – He is always there, ready to speak to you. His character never changes. You mentioned that God makes you work for "it" yourself. Yes, we do have a responsibility, but remember that all the power to carry it out comes from Him:

      2 Corinthians 3:4-6 Such is the confidence tha we have through Christ toward God. Not that we are sufficient in ourselves to claim anything as coming from us, but our sufficiency is from God, who has made us competent to be ministers of a new covenant, not of the letter but of the Spirit. For the letter kills, but the Spirit gives life.

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  6. nancileamarie
    December 15, 2010

    I have known Jesus for as long as I can remember. I loved Him so much as a young person, and all the way through school. However, these past few years have been very challenging to my faith. Things I always believed passionately I have doubted completely. But, God is good, and He is faithful to me through this dry season. In the past few months, He has been showing Himself to me more and more and I am thankful. I am learning to trust again in His goodness even when tidal waves of doubt come over me. I am thankful for His mercy, even though I do not understand it.

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  7. Lori
    December 17, 2010

    I can see in your story how God – through your life experiences – has shaped and prepared you for what He has called you to do in your life. None of our suffering or trials are ever wasted – the Lord is sovereign over it all.

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  8. Marisol Perry
    December 21, 2010

    We became foster parents this year and added a sweet baby boy to our biological 3 yr. old and 2 yr. old. I think this year God gave me new eyes. Every verse I read, song I sing, familiar Bible story I read has new meaning to me this year. God has done his surgery work in my heart–very painful and very redemptive. We give back our foster son on Friday morning. A blow to my mommy heart. What sustains me is knowing God goes with RJ and my prayer that the gospel will come crashing into his life early and often. For me, I can sum up my foster experience thus far like this: “I have had to relinquish more of me than I thought I was holding onto and gaining more of me than I realized was missing.” I once was blind but now I see. We will go back for more foster children. Oh my yes. And I am praying we can go for some adoptive children as well. So well put Lisa, Let earth receive HER KING!

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