Thursday, December 16, 2010

A Gift for Christmas...

As we approach this amazing holiday of hope, and the birth of our redemption, there is so much to celebrate. No matter where we are in life, we are better off than the vast majority of those living in poverty and bondage in other parts of the world. And while stories of Santa and his elves make us feel jolly inside and out with the giving of gifts, cookies, shopping etc.; it is important that we remember what true joy really is. It is the hope of eternal life through God's son, who was born to this earth with a willingness to die for us. That is the only joy worth celebrating in my book.

I try amidst the clamor of our world to make my children realize that there is nothing important this Christmas season, or any season for that matter, but Jesus. He is our gift, our joy, our hope. And no man in a red suit can supply that for us. No one should outshine Jesus. He is my redeemer, the light of my life. He is the reason i am who i am today. And I am FAR from where i should be. But He is bringing me there a little at a time. Through my hardships, I find joy in him.

So, though i do love all the other fun stuff Christmas has to offer, I love the specials on TV and the decorations wherever i go. I have to be sure though to keep coming back to what has given me that joy. I have to remember that I have done nothing to earn it on my own. It was a gift. A gift that all started one starry night in a stable, when amidst sheep and sweet donkeys, our redeemer was born of a virgin named Mary. That is not just a fun story to read before bed. It is the truth of our salvation. Jesus' birth was the beginning of our great hope.

May you find that true peace in the gift of redemption this Christmas. It is the best gift you will ever get!
Merry Christmas from the Koby family.
And if you do not know our great redeemer, we would love to introduce you!

Monday, December 6, 2010

A Christmas of Hope to the World...

We are to be His hands and feet...showing Jesus to the world.
Our one true HOPE!
Merry Christmas, World Vision Style.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

AWAA Calendar 2011...

Great news! Aimee, Julianna, and Elias made the cover of our adoption agency's calendar for 2011. So exciting!

Here is the link...

If you would like information on our agency, America World Adoptions, please feel free to reach out to us. We have been honored to complete 3 adoptions with their help. They were consistent, professional, and with us every step of the way both here in the US during the paper process as well as in country.
The highlight of America World for us is the faith behind their work. They have a heart for God and orphans. That is what they are all about. They pray as a staff daily and I know they have prayed specifically for our family a number of times through our journeys. That means so much to us, that we were more than just a client, but a partner in fulfilling God's plan for our lives.