After coming to the point of releasing to Him, then seeing and experiencing the need for great redemption, He continues to be faithful with restoration and renewal. I love how His word tells us that “all things old are forgotten and are new in Him.” New in Him. New creation. Isn’t that powerful? Knowing that He can take something so broken, and not only redeem it and make it His own, but He will restore it, and bring glory from the things that were so piercingly painful.
I think God not only whispered this to me in our own personal journey with the loss of Katelyn and birth of Katelyn’s Fund, but also speaks to us in the children and families He puts before us. We have been able to witness firsthand the process of releasing, redeeming, and much restoration. Many have prayed and wrestled with moving forward with adopting – then released it to Him. Some have needed to continue to release things to Him when things were not all that they dreamed or planned. He has worked in transformational ways and offered much redemption to so many families and children. He is bringing restoration to relationships in many ways. He is restoring broken hearts and is restoring and rebuilding His kingdom. In that I take great delight, stand in awe of Him, and cling to the promises He puts forth. His character shows that He is the God of second chances, the God that loves to remake, and loves to shower His goodness on those that might feel like they need it the most.
We pray that this devotional is a great blessing to you. We pray He uses each one, to not only encourage you, but to challenge and equip you for all He has in store for you. Whether you are praising Him for His great plans or questioning what He is asking, I affirm to you that He loves you deeply, and He knows the desires of your heart. He will continue to passionately pursue you, He will give you His arms of mercy and redeem things that seem so very difficult. He will bring restoration in ways only He is able. We praise Him for the ways He took a little orphan girl, named Katelyn, brought her full restoration with Him, and is bringing much redemption and restoration to other children because of release of her to Himself.
We love each of you deeply and will continue to walk beside you, praying for you as brothers and sisters in Him. We know that some days might be difficult but we also know that He is a faithful God and does not call us to things that go beyond what He can help us walk through. We have been blessed by you and we are honored to share in your journeys. We pray that He will shower you with His mercy, shine His face right upon you, and that you will be covered with His grace all around you. I love the promise in 2 Corinthians 9:8: “And God is able to make all grace abound to you, so that in all things at all times, having all that you need, you will abound in every good work”.
Continue to press forward in His name, seeking and running after His heart, and truly trusting that He will bring great joy, sometimes even in the midst of great redemption.
Sheila De Jong
Founder of Katelyn’s Fund Orphan Ministry
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