Monday, August 27, 2012

Your Beautiful Testimony: Is It Keeping You from Growth?

{Check out my other post at Mercy Ink this morning!}

I don’t want to be defined as an adoptive mom.

Wait, that came out wrong.

I'm proud to be an adoptive mom.  I write incessantly about my girls.  I attend and speak at adoption conferences, read orphan care books.


I don’t want to be defined solely by the fact that I am an adoptive mom.

Adoption, like most miracles, is actually very ordinary.  The most baffling things, after all, are those repetitive glories we take for granted.  
    Sun piercing night each morning, 
    hospital wings lined with crib after crib of newborn life, 
    salt smell so strong you can taste the ocean, 
    legs that walk, 
    eyes that see, 
    hearts that connect.


Adoption is just
ONE glory
that we experienced
ONE time.
ONE part of God's movement in our lives.

What is YOUR one thing?
What part of your life most defines you? Most changed you?
Are you hanging on to one ancient part of your testimony?
Clinging to it as if it's the only taste of God you'll ever savor?

I get it, truly.  You have a story.  A big, amazing, God story.
The Creator of the world reached into your little life in a huge, tangible, unbelievable way, and you've never gotten over it.  Nor should you.

Your story is beautiful, I'm sure.  I'd love to hear it.  Please tell it.  Redemption is my favorite. Never forget that moment. Never forget when your Savior did what He does so well: saves.

God told those Israelites who'd seen their Lord's salvation to set up stones of remembranceBut these stones -- these old testimonies -- they were not meant to be carried around, weighing us down and delaying onward walks with Jesus.  They're meant to be monuments, which we can pass by as we move with Jesus, unburdened, knowing that God can still do things even greater than whatever He's already done in our lives. 

Hold a memory in your heart, but don't clutch it greedily in your hands; keep your palms open for more of Jesus.  The Eternal God cannot be confined to your moment.  He will move fresh again.

God isn't finished with you.
There's more in your life He wants to do.
(Spoiler alert: Your life in Christ will be an incredible story, and in the end, God wins.)


With friends today.


Deidra said...

Your story at Mercy Ink was linked to The Sunday Community this week and I can't tell you how grateful I am to *meet* you! I've been poking around your blog all morning — especially the African Hair posts. Thanks so much for sharing this journey with us. Hair is a big deal, and your words here are so affirming and refreshing. I can't find an email address for you so, if you get a chance, please send me your contact info. You can reach me at I'd love to talk about having you as a guest at my place.

Tonya said...

Our society LOVES labels, but we shouldn't let just one label define us. I think having a variety of labels is what makes us unique.

Thank you for making me ponder this idea. I know I tend to point out the "Mommy Bloggers" and not read them as often, because I feel that I don't have anything in common with them. That's not always true, and I need to remember that I, too, can get something out of what they share.

RACHEL said...

Tonya, I love how you put it. You're right; this post is partially about labels, but labels are too flat to define us. You got me thinking. Thank you!

RACHEL said...

Deidra, I would love to guest post! Your site is great, and I see you're at (in)courage, as well! (LOVE that site!) Thanks for browsing here! I'm adding your blog to my reader!

Krystyn @ Really, Are You Serious? said...

I just love those cheesy smiles.

My middle daughter just told us this week "He's not finished with us yet!" Gave me goosebumps!

Zhanna said...

Ooooooh so good! I seriously needed to read this!

Especially this part, "Hold a memory in your heart, but don't clutch it greedily in your hands; keep your palms open for more of Jesus. The Eternal God cannot be confined to your moment. He will move fresh again."

Yes, He will move fresh again! I need to remember that. He is constantly at work!

Thank you SO much for such encouraging words!