Jesus said “Whoever welcomes one of these little children in my name welcomes me; and whoever welcomes me does not welcome me but the one who sent me.” - Mark 9:37

Sunday, March 4, 2012

One word for today is BLESSING.

It was a normal Sunday morning church service. But as Teen Mania's ATF 2012 slogan says "Normal Is Not Enough"...

And as Pastor Mike Howell began to close his message he announced the Spirit was leading him to take up a special offering. Not for himself, not for the church he said, but for someone in our church... then he said: for Steve Patton & Sherry who are working to adopt a little boy.

Talk about TOTALLY UNEXPECTED! We hadn't told Pastor that we needed money... or that we'll need close to $1,000 just for USCIS in the next two weeks probably. We hadn't even talked about the adoption much at all this morning. But Pastor Mike asked Eli's name again, and a couple things about him, and then told the church that Eli was from China and that tho he didn't know much about him, or what province he was from, that God did, and to please be obiedient to give what God asked to help us bring this boy home. Then he said to think of the amazing things Eli might do for God.

Wow! Blew us away to see our new church family bring their offering gifts and lay them in the chest on the alter. Now I don't know how much was received yet, but the amount doesn't matter for this post. Because it was a BLESSING... a spiritual and emotional blessing of encouragement. To have our new church family love us and encourage us, and to once again be reminded that God knows and is still in control was a huge blessing to us today.

Thank you to everyone that gave and God bless you all tenfold, in Jesus name, Amen!

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