I am continually blown away by the love of Christ; that God, in all His splendor and glory would choose to come to earth, to not been seen for who He is, to be mocked and ridiculed, beaten and torn, enduring the weight of sin to the point of death all because He loved us. Hold that thought. Not just because He loved us, but because He adored us, rejoiced over us, desired us to KNOW our identity, and saw our value as sons and daughters. He died to call us back to the reality of who we are. Here at Vanessa’s Village, we are choosing to believe in redemption and freedom even when we do not see it daily.

Take the story of Joshua and the battle of Jericho in the book of Joshua chapter 6. “Now Jericho was shut up inside and outside because of the people of Israel. None went out, and none came in. And the Lord said to Joshua, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand, with its king and mighty men of valor” (Joshua 6:1-2). Joshua saw closed walls, high towers full of mighty men. With his eyes he was not seeing a city crumbled, men falling to their knees, and the sounds of victory heard all around; he was seeing a fortified fortress with visibly no way to get in, and yet the Lord said, “See, I have given Jericho into your hand.” I have given. Did you catch that? Past tense. We serve a God who lives outside of time, so He can look at a situation in our lives that seems like a fortified city, great and tall, and He can say that He HAS given it to us. All Joshua had to do was trust in faith and obedience and follow every step the Lord spoke. Now the story continues and they begin to march once around daily. If I were part of that army, I would want to see a couple of bricks fall the first day, a hundred tumble day two, five hundred day three, a thousand day four, one tower day five. Day six I would want to see one wall fall, and day seven the remains crumble. But this is not how God chose to give the promise land into the hands of His chosen. They marched for six days and went home every night to “no victory” in their minds. God was stirring something in the atmosphere they could not see, but to human eyes, it looked like a hopeless battle. Can you imagine being a wife of a soldier at home. He walks in the door evening one. “How was your day Honey? What did you do?” “We marched. Around the city…” She replies, “Cool. I guess. How much of the city did you overtake?” “None yet. Joshua said to trust God and do as He says so tomorrow we will go back.” Day two. “How was your day Honey? What did you do?” “Marched again. Nothing happened. Don’t ask. I don’t know. I think Joshua is losing it.” This continues for six days. Each day I am sure it was harder and harder to trust. But then day SEVEN came. They marched with the worshipers in front of the army. As they marched, the trumpets sounded, the people yelled, and…. the walls came crashing down! This is the God we serve. He asks us to trust Him and keep following His voice even if bricks are not falling, because trust me, day seven is coming, and those walls will come crashing down. Whatever that fortress is in your life, God’s promises are yes and amen. He says yes, and we say amen, “so be it.” He has plans to prosper us with life and a future no matter what we see, no matter what the city may look like.

This, I am learning, is what it means to renew your mind. “Care for the orphans and widows in their distress and do not conform to the patterns of this world, but be transformed by the renewal of your mind (James 1:27). It is seeing the Lord and His promise that He HAS given Jericho into our hands, and not seeing the mighty walls, strong towers, and seemingly invincible city. Renewal of the mind is choosing to listen to the voice of God above the noise of the world. Daily I need to remind myself of this. There are days in Vanessa’s life that I feel like we are getting nowhere. There are days where she is thriving but the very next moment we are back at square one. It is easy to get discouraged, to see the ups and downs and to want to give up. Trust me, I have been there way more than I like to admit. Fighting to bring a voice to the voiceless can look daunting, but we are choosing daily to hear the voice of the Father over these children, and when we doubt, we are agreeing as Vanessa’s parents, to lift each others eyes back to the Lord and His plans. As Sean always says, “the promise still stands.” Whatever God has promised, it still stands regardless of what we see. He speaks life and life abundant, and that sound will ring for all of eternity. Please consider partnering with us as we partner with Vanessa and Lord willing, other families and children who need Hope from their creator and a voice in a world that silences them. It is our heart to share our story and encourage those of special needs children, adoptive children, father and motherless, those struggling with the weight of this world, and to bring the Hope and Love of Christ into dark situations.

I would also like to give a huge thank you again to everyone who has been praying and giving financially. We were able to raise coverage for the first six months of Vanessa’s therapy. We are continuing to put any funds that are given aside for her future and her hopes and dreams. We believe Vanessa’s potential is far greater than even we can see on a daily basis, and we believe she will go on to share her story with others to inspire them as to what God can do with childlike faith. Thank you for your financial partnership in our family’s life and in Vanessa’s care and support. You are a blessing! (To donate, press the donate tab at the top of the menu bar).

God has great things for not only Vanessa, but you and your family as well. Believe that the Jericho in front of you will tumble. I believe it will if He spoke it. Join us in partnering with His words of life that defy time, go against culture, and amaze the world of His goodness.

Blessings to you!
-Vanessa’s Village

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