Friday, July 19, 2013

How a Boy from China Found Real JOY!

I had the most amazing and overwhelming conversation with Anthony on our way to Chinese Summer Church tonight! I have to share with you! I've said it before and I will say it again; the Holy Spirit is at work, my friends!!

The sun was shining magnificently through the clouds on this warm summer evening as we were driving down the highway. Anthony, usually chatting away about Pokemon or Angry Birds, was unusually quiet in the back seat while I was belting out songs along with K-LOVE. I could tell he was really contemplating something as he pensively stared out the car window, so chose not to disturb him.

10 minutes go by.  .  .

Suddenly, his little voice pipes up over my rather loud singing.


"Yes?" I replied as I turn the music down to listen.

"Mommy, in China people are not happy. They are not happy because they have not God. I used to not be happy, but I happy now because I have God. God makes you happy."

"Yes, Baby, you are so right." I managed to squeak out, trying to hold back my tears of joy so as not to scare him :).  "People in China and everywhere need God. We all need God, and until we find Him, we are missing something in our lives and we aren't happy."

Oh, Heavenly Father, what amazing work you doing! What a moment of clarity for an 8 year old boy from China who only just heard about God six months ago.

I have prayed many times that he would see and understand what it means to have real relationship with God, one filled with unspeakable joy and never-ending grace.

I have prayed many times that he would see through the lives of those around that true joy than only comes from the Lord.

Well, dear ones, he has witnessed true joy, and he understands the significance. I am sure I will never be able to personally thank all those who have touched his life, so right here, right now, I would like to extend our heartfelt thanks to each and everyone of our friends and family, near and far, who have loved on him and shown him the love of Christ.

Oh, Lord, how blessed and grateful I am that I know you and experience the amazing joy that only comes from you. Thank you for speaking to the heart of my precious boy and revealing yourself to him. I am truly speechless.

"My soul will be satisfied as with fat and rich food, and my mouth will praise you with joyful lips, when I remember you upon my bed, and meditate on you in the watches of the night; for you have been my help, and in the shadow of your wings I will sing for joy." (Psalms 63:5-7)

Blessings to all this evening,


  1. Not sure how I'm managing to "squeak out" this comment through my own tears of joy! God is so good!
    This photo is wonderful should be captioned "Joy", because that is exactly what I see in both of your faces!

  2. It is always encouraging to see God working! I am excited to see how God would complete His work in Anthony! :)




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