One of the biggest blessings in my life since September has been Bible Study Fellowship (BSF). It’s an international organization, where groups all over the world are studying the same content at the same time.

This year, we’re going through the Life of Moses. We are done with Exodus, and have two more lessons on Leviticus before we move on to Numbers.

Have you ever studied Moses’ life?

Wow, what a blessing it has been to take a really in-depth look at parts of the pentateuch. And not just because Moses was a fascinating case study.

Because GOD. He is everywhere in the pages of this narrative.

I mean, how can we not be blown away by the fact that God Himself wants to dwell among His people? Incredible.

So, this past week we talked about the consecration of the priests for their service in the tabernacle. Our teaching leader, Maria, pointed out that this event was totally life-changing for Aaron and his sons. Not only was priesthood now their permanent vocation/duty, but there was a gravity to serving as the mediator between holy God and sinful man.

She asked, “Have YOU taken on work for the Lord and realized that though it’s honorable, it’s hard work?”

I couldn’t help but think of some of my friends who have recently taken on the hard work of adoption.

My friends Terry and Sommer added three sweet kiddos to their family through adoption. Their youngest has some health issues, and I know that some of her days are just plain hard. But God called them to this journey, and God will give them strength for each new day and each new challenge.

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My friends Craig and Kathy are super involved in vocational ministry in our local church body, and their kids are really close in age to ours. (In fact, starting with their oldest child, we will have 8 straight years of graduation open houses between our two families!) 🙂 They will finalize their adoption of a baby boy this year who has some respiratory and feeding challenges. His sweet smile and pleasant personality are such a joy to be around. But every day will not be easy.

My friends Ted and Amber added a little guy to their house of boys. Now they have four boys ages 5 and under…and baby #5 will be born in five weeks. They will have five children ages 5 and under. (I feel crazy just typing that!) Their adopted son also has some medical challenges, and again, sometimes the days are just hard. Sometimes the days are overwhelming.

But GOD. He called them to this journey, and He will sustain them.

I’m so thankful to know that through Jesus, God has consecrated us to this life. He delights in our service to Him. And He holds us up when our tasks are difficult or overwhelming.

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Keep an eye out for an upcoming book review. This one’s for all you weary women out there…I’m excited to get my hands on a copy of the new book Nourished by Becky Johnson and Rachel Randolph. I’ll read it and let you know what I think of it, and I’ll be holding a giveaway so that one of you can get your hands on a copy, too!