More GREAT QUOTES -Mostly Sermonindex

“I am not permitted to let my love be so merciful as to tolerate and
endure false doctrine. When faith and doctrine are concerned and
endangered, neither love nor patience is in order…. when these
are concerned, neither toleration nor mercy is in order, but only
anger, dispute, and destruction — to be sure, only with the Word
of God as our weapon.” – Martin Luther.

“It is our solemn conviction that where there can be no real spiritual
communion there should be no pretense of fellowship. Fellowship
with known and vital error is participation in sin.”  -Charles Spurgeon.

“Showing mercy to the wolf is showing cruelty to the sheep.” – Puritan.

“Knowing God without knowing our wretchedness leads to pride.
Knowing our wretchedness without knowing God leads to despair.
Knowing Christ gives the balance.” – Blaise Pascal

“Let us think often that our only business in this life is to please
God. Perhaps all besides is but folly and vanity.”
– Brother Lawrence

“The greatest need we have is not to do things, but to believe
things.” – Oswald Chambers

“Growth is not more knowledge or increase of years; it is simply
more of Him and less of me. He increases as I decrease. This is
what it means to be a disciple.” – Chip Brogden

“Worldliness is what any particular culture does to make sin look
normal and righteousness look strange.” – David Wells

“Some say that faith is the gift of God. So is the air, but you have
to breathe it; so is bread, but you have to eat it. Some are wanting
some miraculous kind of feeling. That is not faith. ‘Faith cometh by
hearing and hearing by the Word of God (Rom 10:17). That is
whence faith comes. It is not for me to sit down and wait for faith
to come stealing over me with a strong sensation, but is for me to
take God at His Word.” – D. L. Moody

 

‘Always room for more’: Adopting 15 children has made life one giant adventure

Everywhere we go, we attract attention. Maybe it’s because there are so many of us (17 when we are all together). Maybe it’s because there are so many races represented in our family. Maybe it’s unusual to see so many boys with hand differences or a family with two children who use wheelchairs. Maybe it’s just the fact that we travel everywhere in a big ol’ rattling shuttle bus!

The staring used to bother me. Now I see it as an opportunity. I smile nod, and will usually attempt to start up a conversation with the ones who stare. Most people want to ask questions but don’t want to offend or embarrass us. I would prefer questions over stares, and I think most of our children would agree. 

The question that my husband Dale and I are asked most often is “Why?” People don’t understand why we would want 15 children (two biological and 13 adopted). They don’t understand why we would give up the life we could have to be parents to all these kids. Most people in our age group are busy traveling the world, pursuing interesting hobbies, or enjoying an empty nest. People don’t understand why we would willingly choose to adopt/parent children who will need lifelong care and constant medical attention. They don’t see or understand the beauty in serving and obeying. They feel like we are missing out on what the world has to offer us. 

An older photo of the McKinney family (some family members not pictured)

READ: Daley was predicted to die before her first birthday, but this family adopted her anyway

Dale and I have several answers to that “why” question. First of all, we do love children. They bring us joy (except when they all have homework at the same time) and we truly love the constant interaction and activity of a large family. We don’t ever have to worry about being bored in our household! But the biggest reason our family looks the way it does is that it represents an act of obedience to our Lord Jesus. We truly believe that each child in our family was destined to be with us. God called us to step out in faith and pursue these children. Our family would not be complete with even one of them missing.

Adopting so many children has stretched our faith, tested our patience, and pushed our perseverance to the very limit. And it certainly has put a strain on our budget! But the realization that our crazy family is pleasing to the Lord is reward enough, and the smiles and joy our children bring us is a bonus.

Our family, the family God created, has given us the opportunity to share Christ with total strangers. It has encouraged others to adopt, and many orphans have come home to forever families because of the influence of my beautiful children.  And because of our family — considering the places we have been and the activities in which we have participated — our life has been one giant adventure. My life is fuller and more exciting than I ever dreamed it would be. I should also add that I have done more laundry and changed more diapers than I ever thought was humanly possible! But I’ve enjoyed (almost) every minute of it!

My prayer is that all Christians would seek God’s will for their lives in regard to the children without a family.  I challenge you to seek information about how many orphaned children are in our world. Look up the staggering statistics. I also recommend the video, “Hope is Fading.” It will wreck you, but it is truth. The orphaned children in this world don’t just need your donations, your hand-me-downs, your short-term mission trip visits — they need a FAMILY. 

Will you hear the cry of the orphan? Will you step out and be a family to those without one? I promise you the Lord will smile upon you as you take that step to love a child who is alone, abandoned, in need. He has certainly smiled upon my family!

“Together, we can build amazing families and put a dent in the orphan crisis. Together, we can change the world, one child at a time. Nothing would make me happier than if my story was not unique, but instead, it was common.  Can you even imagine?!” ~ A quote from my book, “Always Room for More

Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation.  (Psalm 68:5)  

Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.  (James 1:27)

Children are a heritage from the Lord, offspring a reward from Him. Like arrows in the hands of a warrior are children born in one’s youth. Blessed is the man whose quiver is full of them. They will not be put to shame when they contend with their opponents in court. (Psalm 127:3-5)

Always Room for More,” written by Ann McKinney

Editor’s Note: You can purchase Ann’s book about her family’s adoption journey, “Always Room for More,” here and read more about her family on the Always Room for More Facebook page. See previous Live Action News coverage about the McKinney family here

Author bio: Ann McKinney and her husband, Dale, are parents to 15 children, 13 of them through domestic and international adoption. Ann is a team leader and board member with In His Hands Orphans Outreach (Inhishands.org) and also serves as the Haiti Team Coordinator where she manages trips to the IHH Orphan Home in Grand Savanne, Haiti. She was the original founder and director of Treasured Adoption Foundation, where she helped dozens of orphaned children find forever families. She has devoted her life to advocating for orphans and vulnerable children and enjoys sharing her experience through speaking engagements and conferences.