Hello Russian Friends Through Adoption!

Sometimes, when looking at the demographics and stats of this blog, I get overwhelmed at the reach Word Press provides. Today, Russia lit up on my screen!

It took me back to the time last year when five Russian adoption social workers, sponsored by our local Kiwanis, visited Fishers, Indiana.

Speaking to Russian social workers at Heartland Church Indy
Speaking to Russian social workers at Heartland Church Indy

Pastor Darryn Schescke invited me to share with them at our church–Heartland Church, Fishers, Indiana.

Danielle, a teen adoptee, and her mom, Shelley, went to the Russian bakery here and provided yummy goodies, which we hoped would make them feel at home.

One of my fav teen adoptees...Danielle
One of my fav teen adoptees…Danielle

The kind administrator at the International School in Indianapolis translated my power point.

Deborah Rainey Petrik jumped in and shared her incredible adoption story, with such passion.

Pastor Darryn gave a tour of Heartland’s Children’s area just before they left.

It was so wonderful for all of us to meet them!

I can’t find their business cards, but I’m wondering if one of them has found mine.

Anyway, so glad to be reminded of the warm memories of being with you.

Please stay in touch!

I love seeing you light up my blog!


Who Is Jesus, Anyway?

Thirty years ago I was “dragged” to a Bible study class and took my 2-year-old daughter with me. I checked her into the children’s program and then entered an auditorium filled with women. Up front was a woman talking about how you could have a personal relationship with God through Jesus Christ.

I thought the people were all weird, and I determined never to step foot in that place again.

Later at lunch, when I asked my daughter how her morning went, she innocently said, “Mommy, who is Jesus anyway?” She had heard about Him in her class.

I saw his picture in our daughter's Sunday School room, but....
I saw his picture in our daughter’s Sunday School room, but….

I knew His picture was on the Sunday school room walls and that they talked about Him in church, but I did not know who He was. I told my daughter I did not know but that we would find out together.

About a year later I was facing major surgery and was absolutely petrified. I took my Bible with me to the hospital and happened to open it to Romans 5:3-5: “We also rejoice in our sufferings, because we know that suffering produces perseverance; perseverance, character; and character, hope. And hope does not disappoint us, because God has poured out His love into our hearts by the Holy Spirit.” That was my turning point.

After that, a deep hunger for God’s word developed. I could not get enough of it. It was so applicable to my life!

Now that my two daughters are grown and married with children of their own, my walk with Jesus is just as exciting. Every morning I wake up and say: “Lord, what are we going to do today? I know that I am nothing without You.”

I love God so much and know that He loves me more than I could ever imagine. I thank Him that when He saw me at my worst, He loved me the most. How amazing to think that He would rather die than not have a personal relationship with me. Now that is love!

I praise God for the verse that says, “A child shall lead them” (Isaiah 11:6). That is what God did when my daughter once asked, “Mommy, who is Jesus?”

Would you like to know this wonderful Jesus, who loves you dearly? If you were the only person on earth, He would have come and died just for you. He desires a personal relationship with you.

How can this happen? It is very simple. The first step in establishing a personal relationship with God is to accept His Son, Jesus as your Savior and Lord. You can do so by admitting your sin, believing that Jesus died and rose again, and asking God’s forgiveness.

“God, I want to be your child. I know I am a sinner and have displeased you. Thank you for sending Jesus to die for my sin. I believe through Jesus’s death and resurrection I can be forgiven. I want to turn from my sin and follow you. Give me a childlike faith in you. Amen.

(Published first in Parent Life Magazine, March 2003.)