Saturday, February 20, 2010

Give Me Your Eyes.....

What do you do when you return home from such an amazing journey and you realize that God is not done with you yet.... When you realize that there is so much more He is calling you to do? We've been home from the Ukraine for exactly one month now and life is amazing! Sure, we're busy and life can be chaotic at times, but we are soooo happy...... but not content. Ok, I know that may sound strange, but let me explain. This adoption process..... this trip to the Ukraine..... this leap of faith has changed us..... FOREVER.

There is a beautiful song by Brandon Heath called "Give me your eyes" that talks about walking through life and not truly seeing.... not truly caring about the people all around you..... the people who are hurting and hopeless. We all fall into that trap of just rushing through life with our goals and our milestones never really paying attention to the needs all around us. That doesn't make us bad people, but I beleive it makes us miss out on all that God has in store for us. I beleive our inability to see through God's eyes makes us miss out on so many of His blessings. The chorus of this song is as follows:

Give me your eyes for just one second
Give me your eyes so I can see
Everything that I keep missing
Give me your love for humanity
Give me your arms for the broken hearted
The ones that are far beyond my reach
Give me you heart for the ones forgotten
Give me your eyes so I can see

So after completing our adoption journey we realize that we are not done. God has opened our eyes to a world of need.... to a world of children who have no home and no one to rock them to sleep at night. To steal a line from the song, He's given us the "heart of the ones forgotten" and the "ones that are far beyond (our) reach". God has given us a passion inside.... a burning inside that we don't quite know what to do with yet. We want to bring more children home. We want to start an adoption ministry at church. We want to tell everyone about our experience and encourage them. We want to advocate for those children who don't have families and help raise money to get them home. We want to show people that "special needs" children are truly special and share our experience with the world. But most of all.... we want to follow God.

Have you ever been so inspired and so passionate about something, but not know what to do with all of that passion? That's where we are right now. We feel like we're going to explode if we don't do something. We know that we're called to do more, but we don't what. People keep telling us to just enjoy what we have and they're right..... we are so blessed..... but we are not done. God has given us a vision for something so more... something bigger! We just don't know what yet.


  1. The Holy Spirit must be up to something in this area, because a short time ago, I knew nothing about this, and now I, too, have a passion about this that has me praying daily and asking God what He wants me to do with this! Every time I pray, these children are the first ones that come to mind, though I have plenty of other people and issues to pray about. I'm encouraged to see God moving in hearts!!

  2. What a blessing! Thanks,
    Jenny at

  3. Man, can I ever relate! I ended up doing an adoption/orphan awareness workshop at church because like you I had so much passion and didn't know what to do with it. "Give me your eyes" was my theme song--I LOVE it.

  4. That's awesome! Go with it, let God expand the vision, and reach out with the message you have for these children-you will plant seeds, and many will listen...and many children will find families because of you!

  5. Your words touched me because I too feel this way. My husband and I are in the process of our first adoption, our daughter Faith is deaf/blind from Russia. She will be our 5th child, we too homeschool. This journey I felt would not end when Faith is home safe with her family, but this is the beginning. I feel very strongly about going into the Ukraine and Russia and helping these children, holding them, feeding them, talking to them. May God bless your journey. Our blog is Ill keep you in my prayers.

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  7. Loved reading your post. Prior to leaving for Ukraine in 2007 to adopt our 3 boys, we launched an orphan ministry at our church. When we returned from that trip our lives had been changed forever and now we see a flourishing ministry and have started the Ukrainian Resource Center to help families through the adoption process in Ukraine. All that to say,"Follow your passion!" God will open all the doors. We now have 6 families from our community adopting older orphans and have organized 3 misisons trips to Ukraine. GO FOR IT!