Saturday, May 24, 2008

Catching Up

It seems like so long since I have blogged, it is taking some getting used to (or maybe it's this new computer and keyboard). Everything looks and feels different now. In general, I hate change. Not sure why, but change tends to somewhat freak me out. It's okay if you think I am a nut, you aren't the first and you definitely won't be the last. So, for those of you who have changed the look of your blogs while I have been gone (you know who you are - I wont mention any first names, but they rhyme with Bellie, Pamanda, Leg, Sassie and Cran)...I will be sending you a bill for my counseling.

I never realized until this week of being cut off from the outside world (well, okay just the Internet) how much I depend on reading each of your blogs for a lift each day. I had forgotten how much it stinks to wait until 6 and 11 to hear the day's news. I really didn't know how dependent I was until "The Great Computer Debacle of 2008". I suppose for a stay at home mom, blogs are a way to connect with people on my own timetable (does that make sense?). I can read your blogs at 3 am if I want, but I certainly would never call you at that time (well, unless you asked me to in which case I would call you if I couldn't seep).

Some other things I learned from "TGCD of 2008" is that a motherboard is expensive and it is really better to buy a new computer than t replace the motherboard in your ancient one. I realized that hackers and those evil people that spread viruses deserve nothing less than the death penalty. I realized that when I can't check your blogs, I find myself feeling as though I am in "time out" and missing all the fun. I found out that you have lots of bloggable moments during the time you are offline and then when you return, you cant remember any of them. Well, okay, here are two of the thousand from this past week:

On the way out the door the other morning a bee buzzed by Kaden's head and he said, "What's it called where bees live, Mommy? A bee hine?" (Say "bee hine" real fast three times and you will get it).

Then that night Lake came and sat on my lap and Kaden walked over and said, "Hey, that's my woman!"

Where do they get this stuff ???????(probably from their mom - she's a real hoot, ya know)

One story I do have to tell is about a conversation I had with a lady this week. I will keep her name and our connection secret since some who reads this blog may know her. She and I were having a conversation about children - having more or not having more. I told her that I know several people who have adopted children from overseas and then we talked about my friend Kellie, who is waiting on the call to go and get her baby girl from Korea. When I mentioned adoption she said, "I just can't see adopting a child when I can have children of my own". I replied, "But don't you see that adoption is a wonderful picture of Christ? My friend Kellie loves this child she has never even seen in person and she is obsessed with going to get her. This is her child even though she didn't physically give birth to her. She thinks about this child all the time - she is obsessed with her and even though she has never held her, she longs to be with this baby".

At that very moment, a light came on for me and tears stung my eyes because I 'got it', I really 'got it' this time. Jesus loves me that way. He loves me even though he has never physically touched me or had an audible person-to-God conversation with me. He cannot wait for me to be in His presence and He longs to be with me. I am constantly on His mind --He is obsessed with coming to get me. Jesus Christ, Son of the God of all creation, longs for me, His child whom He has never even physically held. He is obsessed with me.

He is obsessed with you too.

20 comments:

Kellie said...

Ok, you've made me cry ON A SATURDAY!!! One thing I have learned thru this adoption is that most Christians do not understand about our (christians) "adoption". This experience has given me a step to explain to all those christians who really don't get what adoption is. You explained it perfectly Beth. You really summarized what we are to God. He is OBSESSED to be with us and we live like we really don't know Him as our REAL Daddy.

AnnaElizabeth said...

Paul says it perfectly when he says, "For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, "Abba! Father!" -Romans 8:15

The adopted child loses all rights and privileges in their old family, and gains all the rights of a legitimate son or daughter in their new family.
Also, as you know, Paul was a Roman citizen. In the Roman culture, a natural born child could be disowned, but an adopted son/daughter could not legally be disowned!
So when Paul said we are ADOPTED into God's family, he meant that, once Christians, we're permanently an heir and are forever a child of God!
It's a beautiful thing.

Cassie said...

I wil put a check in the mail for your counseling...Ha ha....I am so glad you are back...Had to get the blog in the "beach" zone.....Sorry for the "Change"...

I love how you worded it....He is OBSESSED with us...and we need to thrive to be OBSESSED with him....Have a great weekend...Love ya!! So glad you are back...

Mari said...

I just don't understand why someone would enjoy or want to create a virus that destroys peoples computer!
Loved your adoption thoughts. I have 3 adopted nieces and when they were adopted it really opened my eyes to what our adoption as children of God really means.

Lysa TerKeurst said...

That was a simply beautiful analogy. Glad you're back...

Lysa

Amanda B. said...

Sorry to put you in therapy...I just about needed it before I got the new look up and running (b/c I gave up about 20 hours of sleep last week). I loved your analogy about adoption...it's so true!! I was studying the other day about how because the Jewish nation rejected God, he instructed Paul and others to offer us the great Salvation. Wasn't that amazing...that he would "graft" us into His family and love and care for us just as if we were His own...Good word!

Greg P. said...

We depend on your blog for a lift a few times a week too. Glad you are back. Very good post.

How did you get a niece with such wisdom. (annaelizabeth) I read her blog, she is wise beyond her years!

BethAnne said...

Greg,
She gets it from her aunt.

Greg P. said...

Beth:

Which aunt?

BethAnne said...

The one that gives free blog advice to her loyal readers and who frequents your blog.......:-) You know, her aunt who is a model......

Greg P. said...

Oh yeah. The aunt who minimizes my blog clog and has gotten me all of my readers so far.

And a fine job yer doin'!

Mommyluann said...

Hey, Greg and Bethanne..let's reserve the comments on this blog space to uplifting ones and you too battle it out elsewhere! ha! Just kidding..I enjoyed reading your friendly banter. That was a nice post , bethanne. Ron Hamilton has a song called "I'm Adopted"...I think I'll find it for Kellie and Preston. It does show the how "we are adopted in Christ" and it's a beautiful picture of that....

Glad you are back!

We got in LATE from NC ...fullllll weekend but so good to see my family.

Kelly S. said...

Glad you're back!

Great post!!

elaine @ peace for the journey said...

Glad you're back. In regards to the movie...

I wouldn't take my young children. My son (who is also 7) is greatly affected by any disturbing imagery, albeit it relevant for the day and age in which we live. I recommend you seeing the film first and then deciding.

Awesome battle scenes, and while they show little blood, the impact of the blows was very real.

A great, great movie that scripts the truth of who are Father is!

peace~elaine

Fran said...

Hello stranger...
My name is Fran. I've completely missed you. So glad to have you back. Glad you missed us as much as we missed you! :)

And..the story about the adoption was PERFECT!!

Have a great Memorial Day!
Hugs~
Fran

Earen said...

I have REALLY missed you, my friend! I even checked back in eventhough my "reader" didn't indicate that you had blogged. That's when I discovered you were having computer problems. I'm so glad you're back..you were greatly missed by me!

Alana said...

So glad you are back. Blog world is not the same without Bethanne. Not. The. Same.

Eddie said...

OK, this is your Dad and you blessed me again. Remember that book that I wrote, you know the one you told all your friends that I wrote, yes the dictionary. "Adoption" #3 "To take up and make one's own." In this case, the focus is not on the adoptee, but the adoptor. Yes, without Christ love for all mankind who were created in His own image, no adoption could take place. I like that He's obsessed with us. That's just the way I feel about you and your sisters, I'm obsessed with you even though you were not adopted into our family, my love for you and your sisters is as if your the greatest gift that I could receive. Yet, think about it. Adoption requires greater love, than just being a part of the family. You take up and make someone to be your own. WOW! It appears that both you and your niece have a clear understanding of adoption now.
Love you bunches. Dad

Steve said...
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Steve said...

I'm glad the "TGCD of 2008" is over. Welcome back. We have missed you!!