Wednesday, February 16, 2011

"You're My Mama..."

Mrs. Beaver:

As our family of 14 goes through the adjustment inherent to adding three new children, any indication that the transition is going well is a big encouragement. This morning as we home schooled, I was blessed to get two doses of encouragement.

Each morning before breakfast the kids and I set aside a 15-minute period to memorize scripture. We've folded our recently adopted kiddos into this family routine.

I normally work with Oksana, but this morning I got an urgent phone call. When I came out of my bedroom, I caught sight of Jaynie cuddling with Oksana helping helping her memorize the first passage we've started all our older adoptees on, Ephesians 6:1-3: "Children obey your parents in the Lord for this is right. Honor your father and mother which is the first commandment with a promise, that it may go well with you and that you may enjoy long life on the earth."

I was sitting on the stairs when Scripture-memory time ended, and I invited Oksana onto my lap. As I held her, she looked into my eyes and said in Russian, "You are my mama." Never has the title mama sounded so sweet as it did coming from this precious little girl who never knew the care of a mother until 12 weeks ago! I feel honored to be her mama. It's deeply pleasing to know she's pleased with the arrangement, too.

My heart has been full of thanksgiving to the Lord all day long.


the johnson crew said...

so beautiful.

Scott said...

Praise the Lord.

In one of his wonderful sermons on Rom 8:15 Spurgeon described and then followed up with a question, "There is a charm there: we cannot describe or understand it: it is a sacred touch of nature, a throb in the breast that God has put there, and that cannot be taken away. The fatherhood is recognized by the childship of the child. And what is that spirit of a child—that sweet spirit that makes him recognize and love his father? I cannot tell you unless you are a child yourself, and then you will know. And what is “the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry Abba, Father?” I cannot tell you; but if you have felt it you will know it."

What a wonderful illustration your post today.

MacMeister said...

That's wonderful! I bet that made your day/week/month! :-)

Carissa said...

Praise the Lord! That is so sweet!

Jamie and Marcos said...

Oh how she has such a special Mama too! Praising the Lord with you.
Love-and Prayers
Marcos and Jamie