Friday, March 19, 2010

Some have asked...

"How is Ephraim doing?"

The answer, "amazing."  

(Ephraim with his brother)

To be honest we were prepared for a heavy spiritual battle when we brought Ephraim home.  He was abandoned three times, endured abuse and spent the better part of five years in an institution (although it is the best in the country).  Our son was labeled by some as "beyond repair"--a lie from the pit of hell.  For we knew,

"In all their {Ephraim's} suffering He also suffered, and He personally rescued them {Ephraim}.  In His love and mercy He redeemed them {Ephraim}.  He lifted them {Ephraim} up and carried them {Ephraim} through all the years."

Ephraim's life is a testimony of God's redeeming power.  All of the behaviors that we were warned about have never surfaced.  Ephraim is kind, joyful, obedient and attached.  I pray that our obedience to bring him home will encourage others to never label a child as "beyond repair."  Never, never limit the power of the Most High God!




14 comments:

John and Perla said...

Woo-Hoo!

patchworkmommy said...

Good post. We adopted a few with simular lables and warning that we have not had troubles with at all.I'm not even sure why they were even labled to begin with.

Are These Kids All Yours? said...

Praising God for HEALING & loving us without strings attached!!!!!

Sophie said...

What a beautiful story of the power of our Lord Almighty, He and only He has the power to save. I believe because of your faith and obedience in Him your son can be saved.

Shonni said...

YES!!! AWESOME scripture and truth and praising the LORD!!!

Anonymous said...

Amen!! May the Lord continue to bless you and yours as you walk in obedience.

blessedmomto8 said...

Amen! What a precious boy!

debbie said...

I have been reading your posts since I found out you were going to take him. That boy is beautiful and there has been a special place in my heart for him since I met him when he was 16 months old. I am sooooo happy he is doing so well! I saw him last august and thought he was perfect! Praise the Lord for the two of you. Thank you for posting. I have been praying for you guys. Have a safe move and enjoy the guesthouse as you transition. Many blessings to you. If you get a chance please give Ephraim an extra hug from someone who has a huge heart for him! : )

debbie said...

I have been reading your posts since I found out you were going to take him. That boy is beautiful and there has been a special place in my heart for him since I met him when he was 16 months old. I am sooooo happy he is doing so well! I saw him last august and thought he was great! Praise the Lord for the two of you. Thank you for posting. I have been praying for you guys. Have a safe move and enjoy the guesthouse as you transition. Many blessings to you. If you get a chance please give Ephraim an extra hug from someone who has a huge heart for him! : )

Destiny said...

It was so good to see you and visit/catch up with you the other day! I hope it won't be another 2 years before we see you again. It was wonderful to meet the rest of your children, that we had not met yet. Love you guys.

~ shi ~ said...

Wonderful reminder Summer! I am so happy to be apart of your prayer system.and to be able to pray for all of you!..Keep strong in faith..and Love and Joy!.. :)

mary said...

what a joy to see and hug you and ephraim today. thank you for letting me have a glimpse into the happiness in his face and eyes. I am truly thankful for his sweet spirit and the love he has for you. I know he is blessed to have you and your family, but I know the blessed ones are you and your husband. Thank you for letting Him use you for that sweet boy.

mary said...

thank you for meeting us today. I was blessed to be able to see that sweet boy and get the best hug! I know you and your family are blessed beyond measure to have him. thank you!

Anonymous said...

Ephraim has been a part of my life since he was a small baby. I never ever believed he was "Beyond Repair". Is anyone in the eyes of God??? I am so forever grateful to God that he's finally with the family he should always have been with. Bless you all (all 12 of you) as you learn daily what it means to be a FAMILY!!!! We love you all very much. You are a part of ABC too.
Siouxanne