Sunday we got to share our adoption news with our church family.  We are so blessed to have an extended family that loves…supports…encourages…challenges…and shapes us more into the way of Christ.  Our child will have so many wonderful aunts and uncles, brothers and sisters, & grandmas and grandpas to bless his life on a regular basis.  We are thrilled to be able to write this part of our story in the midst of such an authentic faith community.  So many people were  wonderful to us after our announcement offering help, support, hugs, prayers, excitement and congratulations.  It will definitely be a marker of celebration in our journey and one that only confirms our feeling that we couldn’t imagine growing our family in this way anywhere else!

One thing that really impacted me in the moment (much more than I expected it to when we planned the service), was the last song which preceded our announcement.  It’s a song written by Randy Gill titled “We Are Not Afraid.”  The words and message of the song really capture many of our feelings and emotions over the last couple months as we sought God’s leading for our lives.  It’s a song that calls us to follow the heart of God wherever He leads and as we walk forward in faith, our hearts become a little more like His.  I truly hope and pray that “We Are Not Afraid” can continue to be a theme song of sorts for us…one that continually reshapes our thoughts, our words, and our actions as we seek to be Jesus people in our world!  May you be blessed by these words today…

We are not afraid to follow where You lead,
leaving what we know for what we cannot see.
We are not afraid for we are not alone,
and so we’ll go with You into the unknown.
We are not afraid…

We are not afraid to love the way You do,
to serve with the same grace we receive from You.
We are not afraid to look beyond ourselves,
and offer hope to those who cannot help themselves.
We are not afraid…We are not afraid…

We will be fearless for You, fearless for You.
We will be faithful in all that we do.
If we step out on the waves, or walk through the flames;
Whatever You ask us to do, we will be fearless for You.

We are not afraid though some say we should wait,
the cost is just too high, the danger is too great.
We are not afraid to move when You say move.
Trusting in Your voice we will follow You.
We are not afraid…we are not afraid…

We will be fearless for you, fearless for You.
We will be faithful in all that we do.
If we step out on the waves, or walk through the flames;
Whatever you ask us to do…
Whatever you ask us to do…
Whatever you ask us to do, we will be FEARLESS for You.

God, may we be fearless for You, in all we do…
Amen.

–Mike

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