"I Go to Prepare a Place for You"

This past Sunday, our pastor shared a little about going to Russia with his family to adopt 2 of their children. He spoke about the difficulty in making the first trip to see the 2 precious children they were to adopt because they had to leave Russia without them. According to the Russian government’s rules, They would have to wait until the second trip to Russia to bring them home. Someone pointed our pastor and his wife to John 14 during this time. I have meditated on these verses all week. Not only was there a peace that washed over me each and every time my eyes followed each word, but I have continued to remain stress free as I prepare to celebrate our Savior’s birth and as I make the preparations to take a family of 6 to Dallas in 2 weeks.

Jesus declares in John 14: 1-4 (NKJV)
 “Let not your heart be troubled; you believe in God, believe also in Me.  In My Father’s house are many mansions; if it were not so, I would have told you. I go to prepare a place for you.  And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself; that where I am, there you may be also.  And where I go you know, and the way you know.”


 Jesus came to earth for His children. He taught, healed, comforted, and declared the Gospel to many. So, how have these verses worked through my life this week?

  • Jesus clearly states “Let not your heart be troubled”: this means no worrying, no stress. I have worked to complete tasks on my list that I have made for this month, but as “bumps” in the plan happen, I am content with what is crossed and not crossed off the list at the end of the day. No stress is very important for my body as we approach our embryo transfer in 2 weeks. “Let not your heart be troubled”.
  • Jesus continues, “I go to prepare a place for you”: The love of our Father through His Son humbles me more and more as the years pass. Jesus tells us He must go to prepare a place for us. Through our adoption, I am preparing a place for our children. With each medication, each injection (and soon to be 3 injections a day), each sonogram, each healthy bite of food, each extra hour of sleep, each cup of herbal tea, I am preparing a home for our adopted children.
  • Jesus tells us that “and if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and receive you to Myself, that where I am, there you may be also”. When I am in Dallas next week for our sonogram, I will for the 1st time be in the same building, steps away, from our adopted children. Rhea & I can tell them this very verse ourselves; precious little ones we will come again (to Dallas) …I will receive you to myself (embryo transfer procedure)…and we will bring you (all of you) home. 
What an incredibly awesome God we serve!

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