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Inspiration should lead to perspiration….

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , on November 21, 2008 by J-HY

Who is inspiring you right now?  Please comment….we would love to know.  Here are some people that I have been encouraged, challenged, and inspired by lately:

Martin Luther King

From his speech the night before he was killed

“like anybody, I would like to live a long life, longevity has it’s place.  But, I’m not concerned about that  now.  I just want to do God’s will.”

“so I’m happy tonight. I’m not worried about anything, I’m not fearing any man, mine eyes have see the glory of the coming of the Lord.”

From his “I Have a Dream” speech

“we refuse to believe that the bank of Justice is bankrupt. we refuse to believe that there are insufficient funds in the great vaults of opportunity of this nation. so we’ve come to cash this check, a check that will give us, upon demand, the riches of freedom and the security of justice.”

“and we will not be satisfied until justice rolls down like waters and righteousness like a mighty tree.”

“I have a dream…that my four little children, will one day live in a nation where they will not be judged by the color of their skin but by the content of their character.”

“I have a dream…that one day little black boys and little back girls will be able to join hands with little white boys and little white girls as sisters and brothers.”

Bono (from U2)

From his speech at the NAACP awards

“because where you live should not decided whether you live or whether you die”

“the poor are where God lives.  God is in the slums, in the cardboard boxes where the poor place house…”

“God, my friends, is with the poor and God is with us if we are with them”

“love thy neighbor is not a piece of advice, it is a command.  So that means in the global village we are going to have to start Loving a whole lot more people!”

From his speech at the presidential prayer breakfast

“this is not about Charity…this is about Justice, about Justice and Equality”

“it’s annoying, but justice and equality are mates…justice always wants to hang out with equality, and equality is a real pain”

Sara Groves

From her song “When The Saints”

“Lord it’s all that I can’t carry and cannot leave behind
it all can overwhelm me
but when I think of all who’ve gone before and lived the faithful life
their courage compels me”

“I see the young missionary and the end of the spear
I see his family returning with no trace of fear”

“I see the young girl huddled on the brothel floor
I see the man with a passion come and kicking down the door”

From her song “I Saw What I Saw”, written after her return from Rwanda

“I saw what I saw and I can’t forget it
I heard what I heard and I can’t go back
I know what I know and I can’t deny it”

“Your pain has changed me
Your dream inspires
Your face a memory
Your hope a fire
Your courage asks me what I’m afraid of
Your courage asks me what I’m made of
and what I know of love, and what I know of God”

“we’ve done what we’ve done and we can’t erase it
we are what we are and it’s more than enough
we have what we have but it’s no substitution”

“I say what I say with no hesitation
I have what I have and I’m giving it up
I do what I do with deep conviction”

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How many trees does it take to create an Adoption Dossier?

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on November 14, 2008 by J-HY

dossier-complete

Well, I don’t know the answer to that question, but I can assure you it takes a lot of blood, sweat, and tears!  Tonight we are patting ourselves on the back; everything is collected, checked, double checked, triple checked, notarized, authenticated, and translated to French…..next stop, for hopefully a brief moment only, is the US/Haitian consulate.

Once home from the consulate it will remain in the safe until our kids get referred from our orphanage.  Then that mound of papers you see above, and probably us, will be on the next plane to Haiti.

By the way, each one of those papers above is not just a single sheet of paper but rather a stack of papers….trees standing everywhere can breathe a sigh of relief!

Tick….Tock….Tick….Tock….

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , on November 11, 2008 by J-HY

No doubt that through this adoption process we will get accustomed to the melody of seconds/minutes/hours ticking away on the clock.

I am reading a book called “To Small To Ignore” written by Dr. Wess Stafford, President and CEO of Compassion International.  Dr. Stafford grew up in a small village in Africa as a missionary kid…..an amazing life of adventure characterized by love for others.  In his book he tells many stories about his life in Africa but today a quote from his tribe’s chief rang especially true…”The smaller that men can measure the day, the more angry they seem to be”.

Powerful words as I think about how time falling off a clock seems to bring out the worst in us all.  Impatience leading to stress, stress leading to frustration, frustration leading to anger, anger leading to hurtful actions….so on and so on.

Today I tried to ignore the clock.  I tried not to think about the fact that we have two years ahead of us before we welcome our kids from Haiti into our home.  Instead, I tried to sit down with my daughters, enter their world, and enjoy the here and now.

That African tribal chief went on to say….

“Time is like a river.  It flows along like water, from the future to the present and into the past.  But there is a bend in the river.  We know the water is coming, but we can’t see it or know very much about it.  All we know is that it is coming.

The present is now – the days we live today.  This is God’s gift to us.  It is meant to be enjoyed and lived to the fullest.  The present will flow by us, of course, and become the past.  That is the way of a river, and that is the way of time.”

My prayer today is that we don’t simply use the “present as a vantage point to better see around the bend to the future.”

Carpe Diem…or something to that effect.