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Friday, September 18, 2009

There Are No Orphans of God

The Internet Cafe Welcomes Abbie Bateman today!

“A father of the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God in His holy habitation." Psalm 68:5 (NKJV)

My sisters and I are scattered all throughout our enormous house. One in the kitchen, one at work, one sitting next to me, and then four others located in places all throughout.

As I sit here, I think about each of my lovely sisters in their uniqueness and I can’t help but ask myself one question,

“Whoa!…How did she get here?”

It amazes me! I know the answer to this question! I know their stories by the back of my hand, in which, I could in which, I could very well quote each one!

My sisters each have an exclusive testimony that only God could give them, and I have the privilege of seeing how God’s unfailing love has worked in each of their precious lives.

We are sisters, but we all come from distinct backgrounds.

We are sisters, but we all have our individual history.

Each young lady in our household originally came from different families and from various parts of the world, but we all came together for one purpose. That purpose being that with or without separation we will boldly stand for our Lord Jesus Christ because our Heavenly Father chose us to be His daughters and that we will stick true to love each other as sisters in Christ. His mercy is from everlasting to everlasting!

I know that I personally can tell you a brief snippet of my life story. I am a 22 year old, born-again believer in our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ, who left behind a past full of neglect, abuse and a “disownment” from my biological family upon my acceptance of Christ. I praise the Lord that He did not leave me orphaned!

He not only gave me my beautiful family that I adore, but more importantly, He gave me eternal life as his daughter! I am truly thankful that there are no orphans of God! I am not an outcast because he chose me despite me!

I am reminded of the beautiful story of Esther. God did not leave her orphaned. He gave her a home with her loving relative after her parents passed away. She stood for the God of Israel with boldness! By walking in the Will of God for her life, and knowing His promises, she won the heart of a king and a kingdom!

“And Mordecai had brought up Hadassah, that is, Esther, his uncle’s daughter, for she had neither father nor mother. The young woman was lovely and beautiful. When her father and mother died, Mordecai took her as his own daughter.” Esther 2:7 (NKJV)

God has a plan for each one of us and even if we are orphaned, or considered an outcast, He would never look at us that way.

I think of a little child. When you look at a child’s face and you know that nothing in life would make you want to leave that child abandoned, God looks at us the same way. He simply desires our obedience to His Word and for us to be a living sacrifice for Him no matter the cost!

Be encouraged that He loves you! He wipes our past away and He has chosen us, as His daughters, to represent Him while we are here on this earth! I praise God that when you willingly place your life in His hands, He doesn’t leave us orphaned! We are no strangers in His kingdom…we are daughters of the King!

Dear Lord,

Thank you for Your amazing grace! Thank You Lord that you call us Your daughters and that we are all princesses in Your eyes! Lord, continue to mold all of us, as Your daughters, in to the Proverbs 31 women You desire us to be. Lord, direct our steps and let us continually walk in Your ways, in which, we know that to obey is better than sacrifice!

There is no sweeter Name than the precious Name of Jesus, that I pray..


Questions to “put your thinking cap on” for…

1. Have you ever been abandoned or orphaned?

2. What would you do if I told you that with God, he will never leave you nor forsake you?

3. Have you ever asked the question “ did I get here?” and then recognize God’s sweet grace in your life?

In Him,

Abigail Bateman

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Blogger I am blessed! said...

My son was just reading in Joshua 1:8-9 yesterday about how the Lord our God is with us wherever we go. That's a pretty amazing thought! Thanks for sharing.

September 18, 2009 at 7:48 AM  
Anonymous Jamal Jivanjee said...

I am not a woman, so I hope it's ok that I'm on this site:) I love this article! I think all of us have been orphaned in some way, shape, and form. The truth contained in this article can bring healing and restoration to areas of our life that many of us may never knew even existed. Thanks for posting this, and praise God that there really are no Orphans in God's family!

September 18, 2009 at 12:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Amen! My dear daughter I am so encouraged by your beautiful devotional! I count it such an honored that the Lord chose us from the beginning to be first His adoptive children but also for giving you to us! Love you so much my dear daughter!

September 18, 2009 at 12:36 PM  
Anonymous Amy Miller said...

Abbie this is beautiful. I am amazed and in awe when I stop to think, how did I get here. Feeling abandoned and afraid, thinking no one cared about me or my son. I felt the love of God and the Journey that He has brought me through to get here leaves me amazed and I am blessed when I think that I have all these dear sisters here to love and share with.

September 18, 2009 at 1:49 PM  
Anonymous Cody-Marie Bateman said...

My dear sister you speak the truth!! I am so blessed to be part of this family and of the Lord's family!! I have been adopted twice, I couldn't be more blessed! I am honored to have you as my sister!! This was very encouraging and I pray you continue to use this gift to encourage many others and serve our dear Lord in all you do! Love you very much Absters!!

September 18, 2009 at 5:40 PM  
Blogger Denise said...

So very beautiful.

September 19, 2009 at 5:08 AM  
Anonymous Abbie Bateman said...

Thank you to everyone for your beautiful comments and for giving me the opportunity to share the love of Christ with other women! I love encouraging other women with the Word! Love you all! Blessings!

Abbie :-)
"Lord I am your messenger. Throw me like a blazing torch in to the night."

September 19, 2009 at 11:22 AM  
Anonymous Nikki Bateman said...

Hey sis...this devotional is great!!!! it's very encouraging and I praise the Lord that He placed this in your heart to share with others!!! There's so many peeple out there that feel like they are all alone, but if they only knew that according to Gods word they are not Orpahns!!! No one in this word is alone, God is always with us, Jesus our Lord, all we have to do is cryout to Him. I had noticed a comment on your devotional about "cults" whoever posted that has to really read your devotional and know that there's nothing about "cults" in there...:) Gods word is AMAZING!!!!
Love you and continue to write what the Lord places in your heart with others!! :)

September 19, 2009 at 11:25 AM  

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