But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. - Galatians 4:4:-7 … My heart has been somewhat somber during these last few weeks as I’ve thought about all to come in the new year. I’m excited and anticipatory as I think about all that is to come in 2019 - our little boy, new foster loves in our home, and so much more that we don’t even know about yet. Yesterday in church we learned about the beauty of adoption and how that understanding changes us. When we know whose we are, it changes everything. I tried not to ugly cry yesterday as we listened to the history behind a beautiful adoption story of a family in our church and again this afternoon at the courthouse for an adoption finalization for more friends. All I can say is that God is faithful and He is a good Father. 💙 ... #fosterlove #thisisfostercare
It’s been such a joy to get to know this sweet girl, and I’m so grateful for all of her help this year with events at the church! Having her serve as intern has been the best, especially when I’d choose to hang out with her anyways!
“The people dwelling in darkness have seen a great light, and for those dwelling in the region of the shadow of death, on them a light has dawned.” - Matthew 4:16 ... Jesus came to us as a little baby, wrapped up in swaddling cloths. He came to save us and to let us know just how much He loves us. That’s the greatest news of all, and it brings me hope in the midst of our dark world. He is the light, and He is coming.
Tonight we will meet with our new case worker. We moved counties when we moved houses, and the foster care hiatus is almost over. The house is (almost) ready and our hearts are more than ready to dive back in. ... Did you know that the FBI estimated sex trafficking in the U.S. involves 100,000 children? 60% of child sex trafficking victims recovered through FBI raids across the U.S. in 2013 were from foster care or group homes. ... Friends, we have to do better. #Dressember isn’t about making a fashion statement, it’s about raising awareness. Would you consider giving to my fundraising site? My goal is to raise $100 to fight against the worldwide trafficking epidemic. Just $20 can provide and aftercare kit to a trafficking survivor. Link is in my profile. ... #dressember #itsbiggerthanadress #endslavery #themoreyouknow (Also thanks to my BFF @mrsteresarobison for sending me this dress in a care package of maternity clothes. 😊)
Reason #462,185 why I love this man: he’s easygoing and generous. We went out to eat last night and I tried a new sandwich. He could tell I wasn’t feeling it so much after about three bites in. He says, “We can switch sandwiches if you want.” 😭😭😭 Rory Mathisen, I will never deserve you in a million billion years. #MillertoMathisen #marriageissanctifying #getaftergrateful
This is not an issue that concerns only a few people. It concerns us all. Every 30 seconds someone becomes a slave. This person may be trafficked for a short amount of time or it may become their life’s reality. Either way, time is up for those traffickers. Actually, time was up 30 seconds ago. I ask that you to join me this month and see freedom for millions around the world as I continue to wear a dress every day in December in solidarity with those who are still in slavery. Are you with me? You can donate at the link in my profile. #Dressember #untilallarefree #itsbiggerthanadress
When listening to the That Sounds Fun podcast the other day with @anniefdowns and @thenester, they talked about how your home doesn’t feel like it’s really your home until you’ve had your first Christmas there. I’m so very excited and grateful for all of the sweet memories that will be made in our home. #Mathisenmanor #idhtbptbb #Baileybeargram
Last night we had the privilege of attending a retirement dinner for this amazing man. Known by many nicknames, among them “Dr. Love,” “Slim,” and “Frank the Tank,” he’s always just been Franklin to me. A dad away from home, a cheerleader, a mentor, and a confidante. He faithfully served as the head campus minister at the UGA BCM for the last 28 years. Not many people do anything for 28 years these days. I can’t adequately put into words what his friendship has meant to me in the last 12 years, but I’m so immensely grateful for his leadership and his heart for God. The world is literally a better place with him in it! Happy retirement to a well-deserved friend in Christ.
Dressed cozy today because I’m in the coziest of moods and am so ready for the weekend! #Dressember #untilallarefree #itsbiggerthanadress
The heavens declare the glory of God, and the sky above proclaims his handiwork. - Psalm 19:1 ... As sure as the sun will rise and chase away the night, His mercy will not end. - @ellieholcomb ... Grateful for a God who chooses to make His name known through the most beautiful of paintings in the morning. These whispers remind me that He is, in fact, sovereign and Creator of every good thing. #lookupchild #getaftergrateful