Friday, December 30, 2011

beauty from ashes

This week, I was hoping to do a daily blog post  of 
our experience when we first met Jorja,
our time in China,
but as I tried to put some posts together
I was brought to tears,
and had to stop to pray.

Our trip to China was not the adoption fantasy that every mother
dreams of,
hopes for,
 and many times 

We had a rough start to our mother - daughter relationship.
She fought the idea of her needing a mother.
I grieved that she wasn't accepting me. 

She was a tiny thing -
weeks away from being 5 years old and 
weighing about 25 lbs.
But she was strong,
and could stare you down with death ray eyes. 

As we celebrated her 3 years of being in our arms,
I am brought to my knees.

God has truly 
"...bestowed on her a crown of beauty instead of ashes,
the oil of gladness
instead of mourning,
and a garment of praise
instead of spirit of despair.
they are called oaks of righteousness,
a planting of the Lord 
for the display of his splendor."
Isaiah 61:3

He is healing her moment by moment 
day by day.

I look back at photos of her frail body,
her short, short, short hair,
her scared little self
and am incredibly thankful I do not see 
that little girl anymore. 

Today God has made her happy-go-lucky!
He has made her able to trust her momma.

He is healing her as she knows
she will have food every day,
I can still remember the first time she felt 
her tummy ache because she had eaten too much -
a feeling she had never experienced. 

and when she sleeps at night -
she knows her family will still be 
here in the morning. 

She loves to run, play, sing, cuddle and giggle.

He has allowed her to remembers her past 
but she does not live in her past. 

Only God could have turned this hardened
little girl into the loving, giving, sweetie
that she is today!
We praise him daily that He is the one who
"heals the brokenhearted
and binds up their wounds."

Jorja shines with God's love.

Sunday Snapshot


connie said...

She is so beautiful! Praise God for His redemptive work!!!

Kim K. said...

Continued blessings to your sweet daughter. Love this post, Jodi!

Valerie said...

Her beauty shines bright because she is surrounded by those who love her and nurture her and that light comes from within.

She is definitely the beneficiary of G*d's work, and you are his tool.

A fine tool you are too!

Love V

Sophi Belle said...

Your daughter is beautiful! Praise the Lord for He loves us so much!!

Happy New Year from Romania!


Georgia said...

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Jess Danielson said...

Prayers that the story keeps getting better and better through 2012! She has a beautiful smile!

Rebekah said...

What a beautiful story of God's redemption. It is amazing when we look at our children over time and see how they have been transformed since first meeting them.
What a beautiful smile she now has!!!
Blessings in 2012 and Happy New Year!


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