Giving Glory for the Journey

cross, cross in sky, woman holding cross, girl reaching up, Christ, hope, grace, glory

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–by: Delana H. Stewart

In watching the Olympics this year, I have been amazed at how many athletes have given God the glory. Granted, many of them are giving glory for winning, like Gabby Douglas, Lolo Jones, and Missy Franklin. But then there are even those giving glory for being able to be there and participate, win or lose, like  diver David Boudia  who commented that he trusted God’s sovereignty no matter the outcome. This reminds me of two scripture verses–

“But in your hearts set apart Christ as Lord. Always be prepared to give an answer to everyone who asks you to give the reason for the hope that you have. But do this with gentleness and respect,”

1 Peter 3:15, NIV

“Keep on rejoicing in the Lord at all times. I will say it again: Keep on rejoicing!”

Philippians 4:4, ISV

I agonized as I saw runner Morgan Uceny fall to the track. It reminded me of times in our decade-long journey to adopting stone path, forest path, walk in woods, journey, walkwayour daughter where we experienced closed doors and dreams come crashing down. Through our faith in

God’s goodness, despite our pain and long-suffering, we kept hoping, kept believing, kept waiting. The painful times were as much an important part of our journey as the joyful parts. As Uceny says on her Facebook page, “here’s to the journey ahead.”

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Read about David Boudia’s journey to faith: http://www.beyondtheultimate.org/athletes/David-Boudia.aspx

Here are two links to articles about athletes giving glory to God:

http://www.christianpost.com/news/team-usa-athletes-10-christian-olympic-medal-winners-glorifying-god-79832/

http://www.examiner.com/article/christian-athletes-give-god-the-glory-2012-olympics

Interested in finding out more about Olympians who were adopted? –

http://delanasworld.wordpress.com/2012/07/17/adopting-a-future-olympian-top-5/

On experiencing death of a vision, see:

http://delanasworld.wordpress.com/2011/11/04/death-before-life/

Want to journal about your adoption journey? http://nineyearpregnancy.wordpress.com/2013/01/31/unique-adoption-journal/

 

 

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