Ok, so I posted yesterday about the Joyce Meyer conference, but that is not all.....
This morning in church we had a guest speaker named Reggie Dabbs. If you have not heard of him you should read his book or try to hear him speak :) He is a motivational speaker in many local area schools and he tours the country. One amazing testimony from his talk (I'll try to remember to post the link when it's up on the website) was that he grew up in the foster care system for most of his childhood. He was sold for $20 for food. This is reality people! :( A few weeks ago he was speaking to a middle school and one eighth grader went home and told his grandma about Reggie. GET THIS....it was his birth mother!!!!!!!!! WOW!! So he connected with his birth mother at the age of 49 (I think that's how old he said he was). He discovered that he had an older brother who is in prison and a younger sibling that was a long-time alcoholic and near death. I loved his attitude...the King is in inside of him and he has such an attitude of grace. He was so thankful that the hard times of his youth produced in him a fire that has led to many being saved!!!! What if his mother had never sold him...where would he be today? God is good ALL the time!!!
I sat with his some friends at church today (since my crew all stay home sick with Daddy) and on the other side was the director of our local pregnancy center. I ministered to many women when I was a pregnancy counselor there and have kept in contact with her. She is an amazing woman of God! After the service she asked if for National Adoption Month would I be willing to come and speak to the adoption support group. This is a group of birth mothers who chose adoption for their babies that meets weekly at the center. If you know me IRL you know that I am not a very outgoing person. I do not like public speaking of any kind...even a small group...where all the attention is focused on me. BUT GOD...with Him ALL things are possible...even getting in front of people to speak :) I better really start praying about what He wants me to say and the Holy Spirit better grab my tongue when I am there and get me out of the way!! :)
I KNOW God has some amazing and powerful things coming up, especially next month! Nov. 4th is Orphan Sunday and our church will be recognizing it officially for the first time!! We will have a table set up and get to hand out information for a class being held at our church for those interested in information about adoption/foster care the following week. I'll be speaking there too and people can ask questions from a foster momma in the trenches! Blown away by how God is working in our city!!!!