What a difference a year can make! One year ago, we had two new Americans who were learning English, how to eat American food with utensils, how to fit into a family with new brothers and a sister, and all the other things we take for granted (like flushing toilet paper, for example). And we were learning about them. So last Easter was a blur, really.
But this Easter. Now that is a different story.
I did what any Christian, homeschooling mom would do. I incorporated the Biblical events leading up to the crucifixion into our morning devotionals the week between Palm Sunday and Easter. Now, we had read these stories before, but hearing them again in context with the rest of the story, made a huge impression. And we read from numerous different Bible story books and the Scriptures itself.
With a few crafts worked in here and there, of course.
And what transpired was another Easter miracle.
It begins as a prayer when your child is still in the womb, or still in your heart, as is the case with adoption. That prayer for his or her salvation.
So regular have those prayers become, however, that when a child said on Tuesday “I want to be a believer”, I froze, and barely sputtered out the words “Let’s talk with Daddy tonight”.
And then it didn’t come up again until Saturday evening. But I know that the Lord had been working on her heart for much longer than that.
The three of us sat down after the other kids were in bed that night, and Mr. C. asked her “What does being a believer mean to you?”.
I held my breath. Would my new daughter, who admittedly can’t remember a single, darn thing, be able to answer that question??
But she did. And with clarity and understanding and desire.
And a miracle took place that night as Little Bit gave her life to Jesus.
She got a new heart.
And I got a new sister in Christ.
Yes, this Easter there was much to rejoice about!
Jesus said to her, “I am the resurrection and the life. Whoever believes in me, though he die, yet shall he live, and everyone who lives and believes in me shall never die.” John 11:25-26