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Running on Empty

Running on Empty

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A daily devotional
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Published by: BibiOlu on Aug 23, 2013
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Glynnis Whitwer   August 21, 2013 “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ’s power may reston me.” 2 Corinthians 12:9 (NIV) People often ask me, “How do you handle it all?” Depending on the situation, I answer in a variety of ways: I’m wired this way. And that’s partly true. I have a God-wired ability to stay focused in the midstof chaos … most of the time. I’m more left-brained than my husband, and he’s an engineer! I stay organized … most of the time. Usually, I can find what I need when I need it. Usually, Iprepare in advance. There are times when life gets the best of me, and someone wears the samesocks two days in a row. But systems and schedules help me stay on top of responsibilities. My kids are older. We still have issues that derail my best-laid plans, but they’re different thanwhen my kids were toddlers and one tried to use my car keys to unlock the back gate, droppingthem in the alley by accident. That threw me into a meltdown of monumental proportions. But when people ask “How do you handle it all?” it’s usually when I’ve shared something thathas changed my life more than anything else. An act of obedience my family made eight yearsago has pushed me to the edge of myself, made me question who I am and question God aboutHis choice of me for this assignment. But it’s also made me cling to Him with more desperationthan ever before. What is it?  Adopting two little girls from Africa. I haven’t written much about these challenges due to respecting my family’s privacy. And I alsodon’t want to discourage adoptive parents with how hard our journey has been. It’s one of themost important things I’ve ever done. But also the most costly. In 2005 we adopted two girls, ages 8 and 10, from war-torn Liberia. We knew nothing about their 
 
background, other than it contained deprivation even other poor countries don’t experience. Norunning water, no electricity, no school, no exposure to books or even television. Just basicexistence for years. Welcoming these little girls into our family at first seemed easy. They responded well to our love.They thrived with good food and education. But very soon we realized challenges. And then verysad truths about what happened in Africa started being uncovered. One daughter has cognitive challenges that will impact her ability to live independently the rest of her life, and ours. With the other we faced behavioral challenges-significant issues based on anearly history of neglect and abuse. Sometimes there are Hallmark-channel-endings, but that’s not our story. We live every day withour daughters’ wounds and challenges. And these hardships have deeply affected me and myhusband. They have affected our three biological children. Here’s what I’ve discovered: all my God-wired ability to think through chaos, all my attempts atorganization and having older kids didn’t prepare me for this. But God’s strength did. So how do I manage it all? Every day I turn to God and rely on what 2 Corinthians 12:9 teachesme … I don’t have it in me to do this one more day, I need Your strength. I don’t have the patience in me for this … I need Your patience. I can’t think straight right now … I need Your clarity. I’m not even sure I have love in me right now … I need Your love.  And I get my portion for that day. I get just enough strength, patience, and clarity to make itthrough. And a new definition of love that’s stronger and tougher and more determined than Ihave ever experienced. 

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