Fleshing out St Augustine
I can remember coming home and being broken hearted. Truthfully, the Lord had prepared me in the months ahead by putting questions on our heart IF this was the best timing for our family. But for now—I knew we had to put our adoption on hold. For the first few weeks I was really sad NOT that I had any health problems because I was actually GLAD to have an explanation for my fatigue, hand and feet constant tingling, blurred vision and weight loss. The thing I was most sad about—was putting our adoption on hold…for what I felt like could be forever.
Months have passed—and truly—I could not be more thankful. I know that might sound really strange—but this is really good…and even this health stuff—has been a blessing in disguise. Almost 2 years ago, I felt the Lord calling me to minister to moms—specifically moms with a heart for adoption and for orphans. God said WAIT. Not now. Many of these moms He has called me to love and minister to have a similar story—they have longed to be mommies…but the timing…has been dreadfully long, the journey hard…and one thing after the other has seemed to cause another twist and turn in their what feels like a never-ending journey.
She knows she heard Him. Is He really good? Why me? Yes—the Lord loves you. Only some times—He tell you today what He wants for your tomorrow. Some part of this is my plan for you. Just…not YET.
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Trust me. Yet—He is full of grace. Your Father will give you this good thing. But right now, I need you to wait…and trust Me. It is actually because how deeply I DO love you.
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Rest in Me. Almost 6 months later when the testing craziness began and 3 months after putting our adoption on hold, my heart rests and rejoices at what I see…. Being called to homeschool my two little ones and working through a challenging visual sensory disorder. I have a 2 year old that some times pulls away—and who needs me to be sensitive to his need to be treated like a baby…to give him something he missed with me for the first year of his life.
I remember when the Lord put homeschooling on my heart—I had SO MANY fun ideas I wanted to do…all of which were put aside during paper chasing for the adoption checklist. I know if we were preparing to travel to China in a couple of months—my focus would be completely different.
And YES—there are millions of orphans in the world. But right now—the Lord is calling me to do the job well He has already given me. And one day, Lord willing—that will include a little special needs princess from China. His plans—and His timing—are perfect! My heart overflows! For anyone still reading anyone actually made it this far?! If you have any encouragement from being united with Christ, if any comfort from his love, if any fellowship with the Spirit, if any tenderness and compassion, then make my joy complete by being like-minded, having the same love, being one in spirit and purpose.
Do nothing out of selfish ambition or vain conceit, but in humility consider others better than yourselves. Each of you should look not only to your own interests, but also to the interests of others. Your attitude should be the same as that of Christ Jesus: Who, being in very nature of God, did not consider equality with God something to be grasped, but made himself nothing, taking the very nature of a servant, being made in human likeness.
And being found in appearance as a man, he humbled himself and became obedient to death—even death on a cross!
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Therefore God exalted him to the highest place and gave him the name that is above every name, that at the name of Jesus every knee should bow, in heaven and on earth and under the earth, and every tongue confess that Jesus Christ is Lord, to the glory of God the Father. Therefore, my dear friends, as you have always obeyed—not only in my presence, but now much more in my absence—continue to work out your salvation with fear and trembling, for it is God who works in you to will and to act according to his good purpose.
Do everything without complaining or arguing, so that you may become blameless and pure, children of God without fault in a crooked and depraved generation, in which you shine like stars in the universe as you hold out the word of life—in order that I may boast on the day of Christ that I did not run or labor for nothing. But even if I am being poured out like a drink offering on the sacrifice and service coming from your faith, I am glad and rejoice with all of you. So you too should be glad and rejoice with me. A few things I take from this—we ALL have different callings—and we need to have the same spirit and the same purpose in pointing one another to Christ.
Not all of us will be called to do this or that—and we need to simply encourage one another. SOME will be called to have Duggar size families—and others no children at all so they can do fully whatever the Lord has for them. It suggests that, when Jesus comes again, Satan will be defeated, the dead will be raised, the final judgement will happen, and God's kingdom will be fully established.
This theological concept of "already" and "not yet" was proposed by Princeton theologian Gerhardus Vos early in the 20th century, who believed that we live in the present age, the 'now', and await the 'age to come'. Doctrine of the kingdom of God caused controversy with Protestantism , regarding whether Christians should work to achieve the coming of the kingdom, or whether it is a divine gift from God.
The evangelical movement regarded the extension of the kingdom of God as achieved through evangelism and missionary work. The philosophers Immanuel Kant , Friedrich Schleiermacher and Albrecht Ritschl believed that the kingdom of God referred to a world of ideal human relations and envisaged a perfect Christian society.
This interpretation influenced the secularisation of the doctrine and the development of liberal theology in the s, and the Social Gospel movement in the USA. John Wimber , the founder of the Vineyard movement , taught a particular application of kingdom theology, emphasizing signs and wonders as the coming of the kingdom of God,  as well as Gordon Fee. It is officially embraced by the Vineyard Churches , and underpins many of its teachings.
When God says, "Wait. Not yet."
From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. For the variant of Dominion theology , see Kingdom Now theology. I remembered why I knew God was calling me to create the journal in the first place. Because when everything else is lifted away, His Word remains. I so love His Word and I want to pass on that love. My heart burns to know Him in it, to fill my heart with it, and to share His love through it. When I remembered my why , I finally felt the release.
Now, go! I can just open my hands right here.
And it will lead us through. Pouring out what I can from what He has poured into me. In the little bit of time I have to offer in this season. Hidden is available in the shop at ToChooseJoy. Cart 0.
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About Blog Bible Study Shop. When God says, "Wait. For more than six months. God wanted me to know His grace far more than He wanted me to produce or perform or attempt perfection.
I had started to identify myself by the work I was doing instead of by the One for whom I was doing it.