It was not easy for me to live through this fear, and although I have felt the fear of terrorism very few times living back home in the United States, it was never as frequent as it was while living in Europe. But I had to be brave, and I had to trust in my God Almighty. My hope was in Him, and my faith was in Him.
You might be wondering how I am still standing after what I have experienced. And my answer is always the same: Jesus. He is the only way that I have survived the loss of my parents. He is the only way that I have been healed and delivered from depression, loneliness, and anxiety. And He is the answer to your survival as well.
Adoption is not just about us, and it’s not just about that child. It’s also about the third member of the adoption triad. What a tremendous opportunity to share God’s love and grace. What a chance to serve someone in great need of support, love, and commitment.
Lately, I have discovered a few podcasts that have really changed my life. They have challenged me and grown me in new ways and have deepened my faith. I’d like to share these 6 podcast episodes with you in hopes that they will grow yours too.
Jesus talks a lot about loving those that have different cultures, backgrounds and perspectives. The church should be the place where all of this is occurring, yet so often it is the place where we exclude ourselves the most.
The truth is that the word "criminal" should never be coupled with a specific race. Not Hispanic, not Black not Asian or White. Not any or all other races you can think of. We are all just people who want a chance at a good life and we too are children of and loved by God.
It was also in the months after I miscarried, that I went through a time of spiritual stagnation where I fought to keep my zeal. Zeal is having a pursuit of something and I wanted to pursue Jesus. I got to the point where I knew I needed to have Him heal me, not just once but continually.
Not only does Lydia become the first convert in Europe, but her large home houses the first church in a Roman province that didn’t embrace the way to eternal life. The book of Philippians was a letter written by Paul to the church of Philippi, started by this Asian businesswoman.