In recent months, I felt us being moved in a big way to steer Miriam’s Heart back to our roots. I kept feeling like God was putting this idea on my heart. To be ROOTED. This idea that over and over we see in scripture that God asks His people to be rooted in Him deeply, so that we can extend out deeply. During a time of prayer and meditation, I envisioned our roots being equal to our impact and drew the image below.
As we opened our training and respite center in Bridgewater this past August and look ahead to the future, we are certain that our ability to reach into the lives of children and families impacted by foster care and adoption requires that we too, must be deeply rooted in love, deeply rooted in truth, and deeply rooted in compassion. Miriam’s Heart is focused on training our team and developing a group of professionals who offer therapies, services, classes, and more to adoptive and foster families.
We are reminded now, more than ever, our roots lie in the story of the 1st recorded adoption. In the story of Moses, where our namesake took center stage in the midst of terrible circumstances, his sister Miriam chose to stand on behalf of a child in need while focusing on the needs of the adoptive mother and biological mother. Miriam did this in spite of grave danger to herself and those she was trying to help. She put everything into place that needed doing and then she did something remarkable. Scripture records that she ‘stood at a distance to see what would happen”.*
When I formed Miriam’s Heart, I was asking God to ‘show me adoption’ in the Bible. He immediately turned my heart to the story of Moses and that is where the foundations–the roots–of Miriam’s Heart were first formed.
Our roots, you see, they’ve always been deep. Our work has always been rooted in our personal understanding of the complexities of actually being an adoptive and foster family and rooted in the truth that the storms of life will come; but a sure and firm Foundation holds us still in the midst of the mightiest storms.
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Then Christ will make His home in your hearts as you trust in Him. Your roots will grow down into God’s love and keep you strong. And may you have the power to understand, as all God’s people should, how wide, how long, how high, and how deep His love is. Ephesians 3:17 & 18
*Read Moses’ and Miriam’s story in Exodus 2