Wednesday, November 26, 2008


One of my favourite verses is 2 Cor. 10:5 which encourages us to take every thought captive to the obedience of Christ. I had to do that today!

As you may know if you follow my blog, our daughter, Rachel, just returned from India. She was there for 2 weeks and has been home for 5 days now. She got home 5 days before the terror attacks in Mumbai, India...the last place she visited...the place she flew out of...the place that touched her heart the most...the place where she took some of the most intimate pictures of the children who captured her heart!

As I watched the news coverage of this place where my daughter had just been, the tears began to flow freely. Tears of joy for allowing Rachel to make it home 5 short days before...tears of pain for all those who lost their lives and are experiencing such terror...and tears from a Mama's heart envisioning those sweet little faces in the pictures who are having to endure yet more atrocities against their innocent young lives!

My mind became very active this afternoon and I had to reign
it back in! I looked up the verse in 2 Cor. and checked to see how it was worded in The Message. I loved it!!! 2 Cor. 10:5 We use our powerful God-tools for smashing warped philosophies, tearing down barriers erected against the truth of God, fitting every loose thought and emotion and impulse into the structure of life shaped by Christ. Wow! Doesn't get much better than that!

Our every loose thought, emotion and impulse does so need to be fit into the structure of life shaped by Christ. My what-if thoughts don't fit that model. My wonderings and worryings about those sweet little ones Rachel had to leave behind are wasting the time I could be spending taking them before the Throne!

So I am choosing to take captive those loose thoughts and fix my thoughts firmly on the only One Who was not surprised by today's events!! I'm asking Him, too, to place a special hedge of protection around those children who need lots of protecting!

This was Rachel's favourite place she Mumbai...and the little ones who stole her heart!!!


  1. Praying for those babies, Barb, and for your sweet girl's heart and all she must be wrestling with. I haven't been able to get those little faces out of my mind today. ( Yay for Eugene Peterson....that verse couldn't get much better)
    Michele WV

  2. It's harder to avoid the news headlines when you see their faces. Hopefully, praying for the world covers everything with our God. I loved the scripture you found for this. I am following your blog because it is so inspiring. Blessings to you and your family. ~Cori

  3. This looks like a beautiful Christmas card.

    The truth of Christmas.

    I know a part of her heart is still in India and I am thankful she is sharing these pictures with us.

    Thanks Rachel!