Choosing joy

Reflecting joy to stand in solidarity with the suffering doesn’t rescue the suffering.  The converse does.  The brave who focus on all things good and all things beautiful and all things true, even in the small, who give thanks for it and discover joy even in the here and now, they are the change agents who bring fullest Light to all the world.

~Ann Voskamp, One Thousand Gifts: A Dare to Live Fully Right Where You Are

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It’s easy to dismiss the small parts that make up our day.

The joyous and difficult moments that all weave together to make a life whole.

But God is there.  In every moment of life.

I’m seeking Him out – and finding Him in every corner.

I’m learning to be thankful for each moment.  The simple gifts He offers us each day.

This is a skill I’m working to acquire.  For if I choose anything but thankful – for both the shiny and tarnished parts of life – something else will creep in and fill that space.

In all things, I’m humbly choosing joy, gratitude and thanksgiving.

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I’ve received some questions about the whole adoption process and how together we can help Olga, Eric and the other orphans listed on Reece’s Rainbow.  While the situation can seem overwhelming, working together we can make a difference.

Eric and Olga are both a part of Reece’s Rainbow, an organization that works to find children housed in orphanages with Down syndrome and other disabilities.  Reece’s Rainbow then seeks out families for these children and helps each family fundraise to cover the cost of an international adoption.

Over the Christmas season your generous giving helped to raise over $1,670 during the Christmas season for Eric which will help to cover the cost of his adoption {once a family chooses to adopt him.}  And while it might seem like a drop in the bucket, every little bit helps as it costs upwards of $27,00 to complete an adoption in Eastern Europe.  {This large fee covers the many flights, accommodations, travel within the country, translation fees for the dossier, a facilitation team who drives the parents to and from their appointments, medical check-ups for the child before they can leave the country, obtaining a visa for the child and on and on.}

Olga has over $12,709.57 in grant money raised to cover the cost of her adoption.  This is amazing!

Looking for specifics?  {I love a good to-do list…}

::  Make a donation to Olga or Eric’s adoption fund.  {Or any other child on the Reece’s Rainbow website that tugs at your heart.}

::  Spread the word.  Facebook, your own blog, an e-mail to family or friends.  This will not only help to raise funds and awareness, but might help a forever family connect with a child.

::  Pray.  My specific prayer for Eric and each child is this:  I pray for their caregivers, that they would be loving and compassionate as they care for each child.  Pray that a family will step out in faith and welcome Eric, Olga or another child into their home.  Pray that their sweet souls only know and feel the love and compassion of Jesus.

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2 thoughts on “Choosing joy

  1. Thank you for this beautiful post, Libby.
    I always love your house pictures- everything looks so clean and peaceful:)
    Praying hard for Eric…Olga…all “our” kids.

  2. What a great post today! I love it. And it was just what I needed to hear! I didn’t realize that Eric and Olga didn’t have families yet. I will definitely get the word out and see what I can do to help.

    Thanks!

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