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Called to a Quiet Life and More

Nothing awakens the senses like gentle sparkling rains, the exciting scent of morning in the country, and a little front porch sitting with the silvery peals of children’s laughter dancing through the air.  A more perfect time for reflection could not be found.

Never having been one to quote a great deal of scripture (Having grown up in the buckle of the Bible Belt — I had my fill of that early on.), I love reading and find myself reaching for the Bible more and more now that I am a parent.  Instinctively, I search for soothing verses or those which offer inspirations for daily life.  Those are never very hard to find, thank goodness, because the lack of sleep which comes from co-habitating with an 8 month old sent my attention span packing.

I keep returning to these verses:

“And in fact, you do love all the brothers throughout Macedonia.  Yet we urge you, brothers, to do so more and more.  Make it your ambition to lead a quiet life, to mind your own business and to work with your hands, just as we told you, so that your daily life may win the respect of outsiders and so that you will not be dependent on anybody.” Thessalonians 4:10-12

Admittedly, the adoption process has not been an easy one.  Yes, we have children but they are not yet ours.  We never intended to be foster parents — and yet here we are — juggling visits with biological parents, marking court dates on our calenders, and struggling with our emotions.  It’s easy to get discouraged and wonder what the big picture is in all of this.

During one of the many moments where my heart is torn between intense joy of parenting and then the painful (but logical) realization that the adoption may not happen for us — my thoughts returned to those lines from Thessalonians, “We urge you to do so more and more.”  More love to more people.  More outreach.  More compassion.  More volunteering.  More.

And yet, we are to balance all of the love with hard work and focus our energies into leading a simple, peaceful, and self-sufficient life.

This comforts me.  Regardless of what the future holds with these beautiful children (or even without them), I know that we are giving more and we are working steadily toward the day that we can say, “We lived an honest life.  We are free of financial debts.  We have worked for everything that we have.  And we have loved more.”

  • Valarie Lea - No matter what happens, you have and will leave a big impression on those children. 🙂ReplyCancel

  • Rosa - Your pictures are fantastic! I love thunderstorms and the smell of rain on the asphalt!

    Cheers,

    RosaReplyCancel

  • Marlene - Dear Lacy and Joshua,
    We are to also take one hour at a time to achieve the serenity that He gives. Anything beyond this will invariable clutter the mind with the doubts or expectations to fail because we set ourselves up for what ever it may be. Take heart my friend that one hour is sufficient for the needs of the moment. In that hour as long as we are busy and our minds are focused on Him then He will bless us for the season. His needs will be met and so will yours through Jesus Christ ….Amen lol…….Love Always. Look up the Serenity Prayer.ReplyCancel

  • Maureen - Nice post….we are praying for you and yours….for peace, for strength, and for rest (literally:)…take care.ReplyCancel

  • Robin - Hey Miss (((Lacy)))! :mrgreen:

    Sending hugs & prayers to you today, this week, this month!ReplyCancel

  • mrs darling - I cant imagine the range of emotions you must be feeling. Trust that God knows exactly what children He has for you. Blessings to you during this time.ReplyCancel

  • Laurie - Great photos! That verse is one that my husband and I do our best to live by.ReplyCancel

  • Linda Sue - Lacy – I am so sorry you have to feel the pull of what if and maybe not and I want but might not happen — we truly don’t know what tomorrow brings. I love referring to the bible for counsel – no hidden agendas there! Bless you and you’ll build up endurance for the needs of a small child – and he will continue to grow up so won’t be as needful of your nighttime moments!ReplyCancel

  • Lynnie - You are in my thoughts and prayers! I can’t imagine what it must feel like to not know for sure what might happen. I’m sure there must be many practical things that must feel very “loose” too. I’m glad to hear that you are enjoying the “now” since that’s all any of us are really sure of. I am thinking positive! I am hoping it all works out!
    LynnReplyCancel

  • Julie at Elisharose - Hang in there, you sweet thing. You are doing everything right. Rest in that knowledge and the knowledge that God knows best.

    And that verse you quoted – that must be new. : ) I don’t recall ever reading that before. It may very well be my new personal favorite. Thanks for bringing it to my attention.ReplyCancel

  • Kim - You all are in our prayers. Wonderful quotes and pictures.ReplyCancel

  • CrossView - This is such a beautiful post! Though I know that your children will have a great life with you and Josh, I also know that if it’s not God’s will that they should stay then they were there to soak up as much love and kindness as possible to carry them through….ReplyCancel

  • Jennifer - I takes a lot of strength to be foster parents. I am also a Licensed Foster Parent. Once in my life I wanted to adopt and gave up with the system in Florida. It was too hard and they really pushed the foster parent thing vs adoption. God puts strong parents like you out there to handle the kids in the system. You’ve been blessed and I am thankful you guys are doing it!!!

    Love
    JenniferReplyCancel

  • St. Fairsted Farm - Lacy, that is one of my top five favorite bible verses. I agree with you about being raised in a bible belt, I certainly don’t want to be called a “thumper.” LOL

    That said, I’m still going to share with you another one of my favorites and has come in handy many a day when I needed a reminder of my manners.

    “Do not forget to entertain strangers, for so by doing some will have entertained angels unaware.” Hebrews 13:2

    blessings,
    ang.ReplyCancel

  • Paulette - Hang in there Lacy. Your children are so blessed to have you, and no matter what happens, nothing changes the affect I know you and Josh have had in their lives already.

    You all are on my prayer list. God’s will will be done and you’ll be strengthened by it, no matter what.ReplyCancel

  • Fishing Guy - Lacy: I hope things work out for you and you are able to have your woshes met.ReplyCancel

  • Kath - Prayers are with you!!!!! So disappointed to hear that. I pray all turns out well.ReplyCancel

  • Ann - Beautiful. Simply beautiful.ReplyCancel

  • gingela5 - That is a beautiful post! Those pictures are awesome!ReplyCancel

  • Arun - You are supernatural ,god should feel proud..ReplyCancel

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