Monday, September 19, 2011

10 Reasons why my child is better than yours . . .

This may upset some people, but just keep reading.

10 Reasons why Aaven seems better than other kids

1.  Aaven was born in Canada (an amazing country) 
2.  He can afford to eat pretty much whatever he wants.
3.  Most of his clothes don’t have holes or stains.
4.  He has an abundance of toys.
5.  He sleeps in his own bed.
6.  He’s traveled to more countries in 2 years than most have in their whole lives.
7.  He can afford to play in clean parks and indoor playgrounds.
8.  He’s usually clean.
9.  When he’s old enough, Aaven will have an amazing education.
10.  When he’s older, Aaven will have options and opportunities.

One of God's children.
There are so many homeless children in the Philippines.  We see them everywhere.  They’re begging at car windows, they’re sleeping on the sidewalks, they’re walking around bare foot beside us.  Sadly I think that I see them so often I’ve become desensitized to the overwhelming disparity.  Why is my child in a better position then they are?  What did Aaven do to deserve to live a better life then the boy on the streets?  Aaven did nothing to deserve his life.  He was born into it.  The boy on the streets did nothing to deserve his life.  He too was born into it. 

In God’s eyes they are one and the same.  Not one child better than the other.  Both precious in His sight and loved equally, but for some reason on this earth they are different.  They look different, they sleep, eat, and live complete opposite lives.  But they are one and the same.
Also God's child.

If Aaven was on the streets, would I not do all I could to rescue him?  Would I not risk my life to provide a better life for him?  I would do anything to help my family, I would so desperately do anything to feed and clothe him.  If the homeless child has parents, I’m sure they are risking their lives doing desperate things to take care of their children.  When you see a prostitute, think of the child that awaits for his mom to return home. 

I’m sure the poverty in Canada is much different.  It’s rare to see a homeless child sleeping on the street, we have child services and government organizations that assist with that kind of severity but that doesn’t mean it doesn’t exist.  Sometimes the poverty in the Philippines is so overwhelming that it’s almost hopeless.  There’s just too many people, too many circumstances that prohibit the improvement of these social issues.  

So what can be done?  What can we do to help?  Pray and pray hard.  Put our own selfishness, our own issues, our own vain desires aside and think about the others that God loves just as much as us.  If you’re reading this, then you can afford a computer and internet.  That makes you far better off than the people I’m talking about.  What did you do to deserve the position in life God’s given you?  Nothing.  We could have been born in a third world country, with different social circumstances, on the streets . . . but we weren't.  We are in this specific place in our lives at this specific time for a reason.  Ask God to open your heart . . . now ask Him to break it.  Ask Him to show you specifically how you can use the position He’s given you to serve those less fortunate.  Ask Him to see people the way He sees people and to love others the way He does.  Let’s put ourselves aside . . . we’re not better than the next guy.

Wednesday, September 14, 2011

2 years of Aaven!!!!!!! Happy Birthday love guy!

by Jonathan Edralin
(written August 12, 2009)

Baby Aaven is a boy
Baby Aaven is our joy

Baby Aaven is so fun
Baby Aaven is our son

Aaven boy is a cuddle
Aaven boy will splash a puddle

Our baby boy smiles so sweet
Our baby boy has little feet

Our little guy will be  so silly
Our little guy will play with Billy

Baby Aaven will like to sing
Baby Aaven will like Miming

Aaven boy's cheeks are so rosy
Aaven boy will hug cousin Josi

Baby Aaven's a gift from above
Baby Aaven is very loved!

AAAAAAHHHHH!!!!!!  Aaven turns 2 today!!!!  I have a 2 year old!?!?!  This has been the most amazing 2 years of my life.  It has been full of change, challenges, and blessings. There is nothing I can do other then be thankful to our Lord for His guidance and provisions.  I can't even imagine what it will be like to love another little kid, it's too much!  =) 

Jon wrote the above poem a month before Aaven was born.  Aaven was so loved and we didn't even meet him yet.  It's amazing how love works . . . it just exists, then it grows and spreads and when you think there's no more left to give, it turns out there is!  God is awesome and it's amazing that God is love.  His love rocks!!!!! 

 Jon and I are very blessed to have had 2 years with our gooby son and we are looking forward to many more years of adventures to come.

Wednesday, September 07, 2011

Our Loss is His Gain

Scripture Reading:
Matthew 19:14
Jesus said, “Let the little children come to me, and do not hinder them, for the kingdom of heaven belongs to such as these.”

His children are safe in the palm of His hand.
I’ve never experienced the loss of a child but I know some mothers who have.  I can’t even imagine how difficult losing a child must be, no matter in what form the child was lost from us, to outlive a child has got to be the most devastating experience.  I was recently reading a novel called “Heaven is for Real” where a 4 year old boy had a near death experience during surgery and was recalling his visit to heaven.  During his time in heaven, he met his sister whom his parents had miscarried before he was born as well as other family members who had passed.  When he had told his mom about this sister he had met in heaven his mom began to feel a peace within her because although her child didn’t make it on earth, she was alive and well in Heaven.  The mother felt reassured and reminded that the child she had never delivered she will one day meet in heaven.  The Lord loves us and although we may not always know the plans he has for our lives, we can trust that they are the best plans.  Although there may be pain and sorrow in our hearts, there is hope of a tomorrow, an eternity of peace with the ones we have lost.  I don’t know if that’s supposed to be helpful but I do claim the truth that children are His before they are ours and that even though they may not be with us, they are with Him.  How the Lord loves His children!  If we are unable to spend time with them on earth, it must be His gain because He gets to play with them up there!

Reflect in Action:
Pray for someone you know who may have lost a child.  Pray for peace, comfort, and understanding.  Pray that the Lord will continue to reveal His plans for their lives and that they will draw near to Him even though they may be angry and hurt.  If you have lost a child, commit your sorrows to the Lord and let Him heal your pain.  Let the Lord love you and trust Him to comfort you and care for the child you loss.  He loves His children.

Thursday, September 01, 2011

Devotions: My Little Miracle

Miracle in the Making
Scripture Reading:
Psalm 139: 13-16
 “For you created my inmost being;
   You knit me together in my mother’s womb.
 I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made;
   Your works are wonderful,
   I know that full well.
 My frame was not hidden from you
   When I was made in the secret place,
   When I was woven together in the depths of the earth.
 Your eyes saw my unformed body;
   All the days ordained for me were written in your book
   Before one of them came to be.”

It is crazy how God can create a child in our bodies.  The way He intricately designs a woman to sustain life inside a womb, then to deliver another little person into this world is nothing short of a miracle.  We are blessed to be given the opportunity to become ‘mom’.  There is nothing more fulfilling in the earth then to be given the experience to build a little creature within us, a little miracle.  The first flutter of a kick, the first sound of a human heartbeat, the first picture of life and the first cry; all this is nothing short of a gift.  From the day we find out we’re going to be a mother, our lives change drastically.  Sure, we lose our awesome pre-baby figure, but we gain something completely incomparable.  We are given the gift of life.  We are given the responsibility to grow and deliver a child of God, then to raise that child in His name and His knowledge, only praying that one day the child will in turn know our Savior.  This is a gift, a miracle, and a responsibility that only He can grant us.  We are in turn, miracle makers, part of a cycle of life that only ‘woman’ can continue.  Our mothers gave birth to us, and we are in turn to give birth to others.  We are miracle makers because after 9 months, we can stare back at the image of God and say “Thank You Lord for giving me my little miracle, my baby”.

Reflect in Action:
Look at your child (or your belly if one is on the way) and thank Him for your little miracle.  No matter how tired, or how frustrated being a mother (or a mom to-be) can be, you are this baby’s little world and your child is His child and until He calls us home, they are our gift on earth.  Tell your child how much you love them and how much God loves them too.