Thursday, January 27, 2011

~*Happy Birthday*~

~*Happy Birthday*~
Dalton!



You are 4 yrs old now!
It is my prayer that you will be home in my arms ~SOON~!

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~*I Refuse*~


During the usual drudgery of hand-washing all the dishes and in between runs to the dining table to check on homework in progress, I hear this song wafting through the air.

"I refuse to sit around and wait for someone else to do what God has called me to do myself".

~*Raise Your Hand*~
if you were instantly convicted right!!



~Raising Hand~

Many, if not most, of you will not understand why we would want to add another child, why we think of them as blessings as opposed to burdens, why we refuse to sit around while "the least of these cry out so desperately".

It is because we, The O'Dells, refuse to sit around and wait for someone else to do what God has called us to do ourselves.

Its easier to stand and watch, its easier to say a prayer and move on, its easier to *not* follow through, its easier to stay unchanged and to wait another day....

But *I* refuse!

Sometimes I,
I just want to close my eyes
And act like everyone’s alright
When I know they’re not.
This world needs God
But it’s easier to stand and watch.
I could pray a prayer and just move on
Like nothing’s wrong.

But I refuse.

‘Cause I don’t want to live like I don’t care.
I don’t want to say another empty prayer.
Oh, I refuse to
Sit around and wait for someone else
To do what God has called me to do myself.
Oh, I could choose
Not to move but I refuse.

I can hear the least of these
Crying out so desperately,
And I know we are the hands and feet
Of you, oh God.
So, if you say move,
Then it’s time for me to follow through,
And do what I was made to do.
Show them who you are.

‘Cause I don’t want to live like I don’t care.
I don’t want to say another empty prayer.
Oh, I refuse to
Sit around and wait for someone else
To do what God has called me to do myself.
Oh, I could choose
Not to move but I refuse.


To stand and watch
The weary and lost
Cry out for help.
I refuse
To turn my back
And try and act like all is well.
I refuse
To stay unchanged,
To wait another day,
To die to myself.
I refuse
To make one more excuse.

‘Cause I don’t want to live like I don’t care.
I don’t want to say another empty prayer.
Oh, I refuse to
Sit around and wait for someone else
To do what God has called me to do myself.
Oh, I could choose
Not to move but I refuse.

By Josh Wilson

Tuesday, January 25, 2011

~*Amazing Advocate*~

Dalton was incredibly blessed with the most amazing advocate. Stacy is a woman who's heart and home are filled with love for children. She takes the command from God to look after the orphan (James 1:27) seriously.

She was praying for him to find his forever family before we even knew who he was. Whenever I reread her posts of hope I tear up and shivers run up and down my spine. God's hand was upon Dalton, his case was being pleaded before the Throne of God by a team of prayer warriors, He saw this little boy before I even knew who he was.



I feel so insignificant compared to God's bigger plan.
Who are we to care for these children?
Despite my own doubts in my abilities I will continue to look to the One who brings it all together.



I want to thank Stacy from the bottom of my heart for loving my boy for me. I am grateful that she loves these children and petitions for them. We will be forever grateful and we thank you Stacy!