Steven Curtis Chapman “When Love Takes You In”: Simple Gift Sunday

Father Daughter Dinner

I cannot even begin to tell you how much I love these pictures.

They take me to my knees with gratitude for the gift and responsibility we were given when God called us to adoption.

From a place of emptiness and loss,

Father Daughter Dinner

through the work of loving a wounded child and nurturing them back to wholeness,

Father Daughter Dinner

God has redeemed and blessed this life.

Father Daughter Dinner

I can’t imagine our lives without her.

click through to post to see video

I know you’ve heard the stories
But they all sound too good to be true
You’ve heard about a place called home
But there doesn’t seem to be one for you
So one more night you cry yourself to sleep
And drift off to a distant dream

Where love takes you in and everything changes
A miracle starts with the beat of a heart
When love takes you home and says you belong here
The loneliness ends and a new life begins
When love takes you in

And somewhere while you’re sleeping
Someone else is dreaming too
Counting down the days until
They hold you close and say I love you
And like the rain that falls into the sea
In a moment what has been is lost in what will be

When love takes you in everything changes
A miracle starts with the beat of a heart

And this love will never let you go
There is nothing that could ever cause this love to lose its hold

When love takes you in everything changes
A miracle starts with the beat of a heart
When love takes you home and says you belong here
The loneliness ends and a new life begins
When love takes you in it takes you in for good
When love takes you in

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Comments

  1. I’m speechless. The song and video are so beautiful, the words and stories brought tears to my eyes. You are a very special lady, Marty, you and your husband.
    Debbie :)

    • Thanks, Debbie for the sweet comment on my Simple Gift Sunday post. God has done a great work in our lives through the blessings (and struggles) of adoption.
      Blessings,
      Marty

  2. {Melinda} Beautiful, Marty … She is beautiful. :)

  3. Beautiful pictures! Thanks for sharing. I linked up after you at The Mom Initiative today.

  4. Lovely photos and a wonderful tribute to a God who sees. And then says, “here is my gift to you.”

    • Thank you, Shelly, for visiting Marty’s Musings and leaving such an encouraging comment on my Simple Gift Sunday post from last week. God is indeed good!
      Marty

  5. She is a beautiful girl and by how you and your husband love her, I am sure she is even more beautiful on the inside.

  6. Very sweet. Love to read posts like this with ture heart sentiment. bless you, Gail

    • Hi, Gail. You are always so encouraging to leave me a comment on my Simple Gift Sunday post. Thank you for taking the time to be an encourager to others! God bless you!
      Marty@Marty’s Musings

  7. Absolutely beautiful. I know these stories well as our children are adopted through foster care with much of the same story. However, hey are only 2 1/2 and 4 at this point. You have given me a glimpse into our future with our daughter B. It’s funny but in one of the links you mention about S coming into your room at night and I never realized why it is that B does this every night too. She seeks me out, and I’ve been trying to figure out what scares her but I guess it never hit me that she just needed to be reassured I wasn’t going any where.

  8. Oh how I love the song! We have three adopted children. A 15, 9, and 3yr old. I truly feel this is our calling and have never felt more joy and peace when meeting our first (he was 13); it was then that I knew my reason in this world. We look forward to adding to our family. I look at my children and truly feel blessed every moment.

    • Hi, Stevie. I’m so glad you were encouraged from my post last Sunday about our adopted daughter. Our adoption journey has had many difficulties and heartbreak but it’s a joy to be seeing the blessings of perseverance and healing. God bless you for adopting older children as well. It can be a tremendous but God’s will is not always. easy.
      God bless.
      Marty@Marty’s Musings

  9. How beautiful she is. See what love can do? I love this song too, Marty. I’m crazy about a happy ending.

  10. What a wonderful post! There’s so much love in each word!

  11. These are beautiful photos and I have never heard that song….I teared up. I will be going to check out the adoption story (I’m apparently reading the posts backwards–new to your blog). I was adopted and plan on adopting and fostering as well…

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