Tuesday, March 17, 2015

Rescued for Love - Rescued to Love

(a post Matt shared on paragonchurch.blogspot.com too)

Today is St Patrick's Day.  Around the Sellers' house it is also "Gotcha" Day.  It is the day we celebrate "getting" Endale.  It has been one year since we walked into the transition house and picked up our son to hold him for the first time.  And what a year it has been.  Full of all sorts of fun and learning and most of all... CHANGE.

I look at ADOPTION and I see a picture of what God has done for us... and how He is changing us to be more like Him every day.

Ephesians 1:3-5 (ESV) - Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in Christ with every spiritual blessing in the heavenly places, even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,

The entire first chapter of Ephesians [READ HERE] is amazing.  It gives me goosebumps when I read it.  It is only two (long) sentences long, but full of the love that God has for you and me.

I love where it says "IN LOVE he predestined us for ADOPTION."  Do you know what that means?

Listen to the way JI Packer explains it...
"Adoption is the highest privilege the gospel offers, arguably higher than salvation. Adoption is higher because of the relationship it involves with God. Salvation is wonderful, but it does not imply necessarily an intimate relationship. But in adoption, God doesn’t just save us, but He takes us into his family as children and heirs."

Our adoption as sons and daughters is just as amazing as our salvation.

God didn’t just redeem you from your sin. He adopted you into His family as His child. Many of us really struggle to feel God’s love for us. We hear and sing about it, but don’t really feel it. We don’t understand or feel the fullness of His love. Some of you don’t even think that God likes you, let alone loves you. Our view of God is that He walks around frustrated with us and tolerates us. Or that He just uses us for His purposes.

You will never fully feel the fullness and depth of God’s love until you understand the kind of love in which He loves you. It’s more than just a general love. It’s the kind of love that a dad has for his child.

If someone were to ask you, “How do you know that God loves you?” You would respond by quoting John 3:16 (ESV): “For God so loved the world, that he gave his only Son, that whoever believes in him should not perish but have eternal life.

You would argue that God loves the whole world, and I’m in the world. Therefore He must love me. If that is the fullness of your understanding of how God loves you, then you do not fully understand the depth of how much He truly loves you.

The disciple John was talking about this kind of love. At first, he was just a disciple, but then something happened during the resurrection. He became a son. That truth blew his mind. He wasn’t just an apostle, someone God was using to expand the kingdom, but he was now a child of the Living God.

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; (1 John 3:1a ESV)

The day my first son was born... my life changed.  My mindset changed.  My idea of a father's love changed.  My second son came along and everything changed even more.  My daughter's birth took me to a whole new level of a Father's Love.  The day we landed in Ethiopia was the beginning of something even more amazing.  I realized what ADOPTION really is.  And I have seen it play out over the last year.  I've seen God's love come full circle.  

In LOVE He adopted me.  His Love Rescued Me.  That love is changing me to be more like Him.  His Love rescued me to Love others.  A year ago, we went to Ethiopia to ADOPT a little boy whose life will ever be changed.  We have given up many things to make this life change happen (and I don't say that in a way to say "look at how holy we are" but instead look at what God is doing and what God has done - after all, He gave up HIS ONE AND ONLY SON to bring me into His family - so much more than the little earthly stuff I had to give up).  The most amazing part of all of this... I see in the video the life change that has taken place in Endale's life... but while making the video, I saw just how much that little guy has changed my life in the process.



Cousins Came to Visit

Our adopted cousins came to visit.  Uncle Roque, Auntie Juli, Teagan, Tyler and of course, Taco (who EZ LOVES) have been hanging with us.  The kids have had a blast playing and we've had a great time catching up on life.  We love this family so much.
 Tyler (10 months)  Endale (2 1/2- 31months)

Teagan and Maylee Grace trying on wings

A Visit to the State Capitol

Matt was invited to lead the opening invocation for the House of Representatives for the state of New Mexico.  One blessing of home schooling is we were able to postpone school work and go on a field trip to Santa Fe with Dad.  While there, we met up with our friend, Senator Craig Brandt and saw his office and visited with he and his wife Tonja.  The kids and I sat up in the viewing gallery as the session opened.  It was a really neat experience!
 Senator Brandt

Police Motorcycle Competition

We had a fun Saturday as we accompanied Matt to the Police Motorcycle Competition.  He was there helping as a Chaplain and we went just to check out the fun.  Camden even helped serve and set up for the officers lunch.

Never a Dull Moment

No captions needed:

Trip to the Circus

A sweet family from our church blessed us with tickets to the circus.  We had never taken the kids before and they were all beside themselves.  It was such a fun day.

Annual Valentines Dates

Each year we take the kids on Valentines Dates.  They get to pick what we do (within the budget) and Matt takes Maylee Grace and Christy takes the boys.  It has become a favorite tradition for us and the kids.

Maylee Grace asked if she could ride a horse for her date.  We have friends that have horse stables nearby and she was so gracious to host Maylee Grace and Matt.  Matt said May was a natural and she has been all about horses ever since.

Camden went to Dave and Busters.  It is a Chuck E Cheese for big kids.  We had lunch and played some games.  He loved it.

Payton and I went to Einstein's Bagels first and then over to Gravity Park to jump around.


Endale and I went to Chick-fil-a for breakfast.  We played in the play area.  Then, we took a trip over to Toys R Us to get a new Elmo toy.

Took the animals to the zoo

With the warmer weather, we decided to take advantage of our zoo pass and take the kiddos to the zoo.  It was a beautiful day and the animals were active.