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Adopted Memoir Available for Kindle


“I thought I’d be dead by 21”

 

Great pain produces character. It can just as easily produce fear, rejection, and self-loathing. 

 

My early life produced in me a fear that I’d be dead by 21. This personal narrative is my memory of a lifelong search for love, belonging, and a sense of place. Walk with me on my journey through abandonment, panic attacks, fear, rejection, bullying, and unbelief, out into the blinding light of healing love.

 

Adopted touches on the issues nearly every child or adult adoptee must face on the way to maturity, wholeness, and redemption. Along the way it provides valuable insights to adoptive and foster parents who long to see their children whole; and, to adult adoptees who wonder why they do what they do and how healing can be the next chapter in their life story.

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Breaking Camp to Follow Jesus


scan0027The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain.  Break Camp and advance into the hill country . . . go to all the neighboring peoples . . . ‘

–from Deut. 1:6-7 (NIV)

God’s people had camped with Him at the mountain where the law was given. This is also where Elijah came in a time of particular discouragement and depression.  Desert mountain symbolized to early Christians a place of bondage to law and slavery (Gal. 4:24ff).  At last, God would take them into the rich, green land He had promised them, the “hill country” of freedom and abundance.  They would be a people, holy unto Him, a light to the peoples around them.  Israel was a testimony to the One true God. They were waiting for a word from Him.  They wanted guidance.  They anticipated that God would answer them, but they needed to hear His command—GO—advance.

Like them, a second time in Israel’s history, God’s people waited to hear from Him.  Four hundred years of silence finally broke as Messiah Jesus came into the world.  At the right time, He appeared publicly to Israel and said to those who would follow Him, “Go into all the world.”(Matt. 28:18-20).  This was God coming to His people to heal, deliver, forgive, restore for a reason . . . so that they could break camp and “GO.”  These new followers of Messiah would be a holy people, washed clean, created to be a light on a hill, a pure people for fellowship with God and for reconciling the nations and multitudes to God.

God has been preparing a people here at New Life for the past seven years.  Noteworthy that the number seven is the number of completion, the biblical number of perfection.  Not that we are perfect in and of ourselves, but we have a God who is at work in our midst and He is perfecting us to be a holy people to be used of Him to minister to “all the neighboring peoples” (Titus 2:11-14).

God’s heart for us is to forget the past and move confidently ahead with Him.  Some of us have been hurt or wounded in the process of becoming a people and tracking with the Lord into house-church, but now it is time to be healed and set our hearts on advancing with our Savior.  For He has called us to “Follow” that He might make us fishers of men and women, boys and girls who need a Savior.

God is calling us to a deeper love, to bear with one another in love, to move on from here and to “break camp.” Now, in His Spirit and grace, He commands us to GO.  Go to all the peoples in this region who need Him.  Go to those who need freedom and salvation.  “Forget the former things.”  He is doing a NEW WORK.  Do you perceive it?

We are breaking camp.  We have pulled up stakes and are following our God. Don’t be left behind. He has important life-saving work for you to join Him in. But it’s in hill country of relationship, not the desert of religion.

Just Reviewed: Sabbath Keeping


Sabbath Keeping: Finding Freedom in the Rhythms of RestSabbath Keeping: Finding Freedom in the Rhythms of Rest by Lynne M. Baab
My rating: 4 of 5 stars

Sabbath Keeping is a fresh look at an important antidote to our chronic busyness.

I love it that Lynne Baab does not approach the topic from the vantage-point of “law.” Rather, she comes at it through a seasonal metaphor. Life is full of seasons. Sabbath rest is an organic, season in our week. It is a rhythm of life. Those who participate in this special gift of God–one day out of seven–experience a harvest of peace and joy in the midst of their lives.

She also gives practical helps for those interested in going deeper or launching into a Sabbath. She gives multiple solutions for those who want to move out of the cultural torrent, to the still waters of a deeper spirituality.

Since I have been keeping a Sabbath with my wife for two years now, I find her suggestions and conclusions to be right on target. I highly recommend this book to veterans or those just thinking about the need for a quiet space in their week.

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Time to Break Camp


The Lord our God said to us at Horeb, ‘You have stayed long enough at this mountain.  Break Camp and advance into the hill country . . . go to all the neighboring peoples . . . ‘

–from Deut. 1:6-7 NIV

I have a feeling that some of us just need to GO today—as in move out and trust God. Go in obedience to Him ONLY.

Have you ever heard the saying, “When the going gets rough, the rough get going.” The idea is that winners face what is difficult by taking action.

The action believers are called to is to GO!  Are you willing to GO?  Going requires several actions on our part:

*    We must choose to obey.  Everything begins when I choose to say “yes” to God.  I must love Him enough to be willing to go against my tendency toward laziness.

*    We must break camp.  We must be willing to step out of our comfort zones—intentionally.

*    We must move out (by faith).  We must DO something that demonstrates our seriousness.

Ask God to give you opportunities this week.  Ask someone you know who cares about lost people to pray with you this week about this.Then watch God prove His love for the lost through you.

Could this be confirmation for you? Are you amazed? As though the Lord is speaking directly to you? Just make your decision, trusting that you CAN depend fully upon His love–even if you make a mistake.

What a thrill awaits you as God lets you share His love with others.  The Lord bless us all as we watch the great things God will do in our midst as we reach out beyond our current boundaries.

©2012, David C Alves

Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: A Brief Review


Strengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of MinistryStrengthening the Soul of Your Leadership: Seeking God in the Crucible of Ministry by Ruth Haley Barton

My rating: 4 of 5 stars

This book can be extremely helpful for leaders who know that “something is missing” in their leadership or lives. Perhaps you’ve come to that place where everything has lost its luster. You may have been in a really good place, but things have slipped. Or perhaps you’re looking great on the outside, but in your heart of hearts, you KNOW that something’s missing. Something’s not quite right.

Pay attention to that feeling!

The sense of that void or lack is God’s tap on the shoulder to draw near to Him to see what He will say and do. In my case, He did (and continues to do) great things. I am journeying with Him in a new freedom because of His grace to suggest to my spirit that something was missing. I really went through a “dark night of the soul.” On the other side, I see that it was a season of spiritual breakthrough and growth necessary to go on to the next level of sonship or into the next season of life with Abba.

For me, that something is majored on in this book. And really laid out clearly in Ruth Barton’s other book Invitation to Solitude and Silence: Experiencing God’s Transforming Presence.

For your sake, your church’s sake, and to His glory, read her books and take what is good. Those nuggets that the Lord uses as you journey with Him will make all the difference in your leadership and sonship (for more on “sonship” for both men & women, see my book: We’re The “sons Of God”. . .So What?: Believe God About Who You Really Are!).

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