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.

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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

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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