*Leaping* for Joy

Tonight I am blown away and humbled.

We are going into our March adoption fundraiser with 30–YES THIRTY!–registered participants. Thirty precious people, reading their hearts out, to help us on this adoption journey. Each of those 30 people will have numerous sponsors behind them to encourage their reading and to support our adoption. This is crazy exciting and super encouraging!

God is so good.

When we worry about the details, when we’re scared about the future, when we’re unsure how He’s going to provide, but are willing to submit anyway, He shows up and gives far more abundantly than all we can ask or think. He surrounds us with encouragement and blesses our desire to obey. He uses dear friends to hold us up and carry us. He gently comforts and reassures us. He follows through on his promises. He provides.

Ephesians 3:20

This evening, He laid these words of Ephesians 3:20 on my heart and as I opened up my Bible to read it, my eyes fell to verses 14 and 15 first: “For this reason I bow my knees before the Father, from whom every family in heaven and on earth is named.” He is sovereign over all and he knows and names every family and each member of them. He knows precisely who makes up the Hodgson family on earth and in heaven.  The children we have not yet had the privilege to meet have been named by God as “Hodgsons” before the creation of this world! He’s got this! Chapter 3 goes on to talk about the “love of Christ that surpasses knowledge”. He loves us so much! God’s word was such a gift to me this evening and I hope that somehow, if you’re reading this, it encourages you as well.

Tonight I have tears of joy and thankfulness and my heart is overflowing. To God be the glory!

Operation Christmas Child…One Week Left!

“What goes in a shoebox gift is fun…what comes out is eternal.”
~ Samaritan’s Purse

  We had our annual shopping and packing parties!

Shopping! Packing! A box for a girl. A box for a boy. Little packer. Excited!

It is such an honor to be able to share Jesus’ love through a box of trinkets. As a family we cherish these opportunities to serve others and pray for kids who are the same ages as our own children. It’s amazing when we imagine how much our box will mean to a child on the other side of the world.

All you need is a box…

A box.

…some stuff…

Some stuff.

notes to make it personal…

Writing notes. Making it personal. Our notes.

…some prayer…

Praying together for the children who receive our boxes.

…and a shipping label.

Shipping labels. Attached label.

Just like that, they’re ready to deliver to a nearby drop-off location!

A stack of boxes.

It’s that fun and easy!

I want to encourage you to pack boxes for Operation Christmas Child if you haven’t already. You can read more about it here. This has been a wonderful tradition for our family for the last few years and it’s one we’ve all come to enjoy and look forward to. It has opened our eyes to the needs of these children and hopefully has impacted our world in ways we can’t even begin to imagine. These families are hearing about Jesus, some for the very first time! National Collection Week is November 17th-24th, 2014 so pack a box while you still can. You won’t regret it.

Excited about packed boxes!