Thursday, June 7, 2012

Under Construction

We have this little area in our back yard.
It used to be lush with shade grass.
Then the goats got out.
Then I didn't have time to tend to it.
(I love doing yard work! Put me on a mower for a few hours and I can solve the problems of the world!)
Then in the wind storm last summer we lost the protective shade...
so we lost the grass.
And the dog thinks the sparse area is his little slice of digging heaven.
Apparently Kooper has heard me complain a little about the ugly patch, so he's devised a plan.
He wants to construct a brick walkway.
He's got it all planned out.
And with the guidance of Dad, I think it's gonna work!

As I was taking these pictures, the Lord reminded me of the parallel between this little project and my son's life.
He has spent most of his life in barren soil. Behaviors, habits and characteristics have formed and taken root. But what's growing there hasn't allowed better things to grow. There's been no room there for empathy, compassion, affection or trust. He's endured two-and-a-half years of battling post-orphanage behaviors. Just like this project, there's debris that must be removed.
But there is change! God has seized Kooper's heart and given him a new outlook!
He is crazy about the Lord and crazy about his family.
He no longer sits alone staring blankly.
He no longer lurks through the house.
He no longer thinks that "lying is better than truth because truth can get you in trouble."
He no longer sits in silence at the supper table.
His standard answer is no longer, "I don't know."
He is now telling Bible stories to the younger siblings he once avoided.
He now seeks out Mom and Dad first thing to say good morning.
He now sips a cup of coffee, chatting with the breakfast crowd.
He now asks of every person we see, "Do you think they know Jesus?"
When asked to draw a picture of himself, he now makes a happy face with wide open eyes and a grinning mouth (complete with braces).
If you have no idea how significant these changes are...good for you!
If you have a child who has been or still is in barren soil, you get it. And I'm sorry.
But I'm telling you there is hope!
Please don't hear me say that things are perfect, totally blissful or carefree. Not at all! Each day is a battle. The enemy wants our son to stay in the darkness, bound by imaginary limitations. But the enemy has been overcome, and our son is recognizing that. He is finally living in freedom!
His heart is under the construction of the Master Builder!
The changes we see are incredible, and there are even better things to come...
"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future." Jer 29:11


Jennifer said...

Connie, this post actually brought me to tears, which isn't an easy thing to do. Kooper has been on my mind and in my prayers now and again, and I am so, so thankful to hear that things are improving. God is so, so good - NOTHING is impossible for Him!

Joy said...


And, way to go Kooper on the walkway plan! I can't wait to see the finished product. :-)

Lori said...


So encouraging!

Marie said...

What a happy post...although it had me in tears! So glad to hear that Kopper is doing so much better...will keep praying.

Linette said...


And I'm sure the finished walkway will bring him and you much joy.

Jen said...

I've been wondering lately how Kooper was. Thank you for sharing with us all the amazing ways he is growing as a man in Christ. May the Holy Spirit continue to do a good work in him.

Can't wait to see the new walkway!

Jennifer said...

Praise God!!!!

Jodi said...

HE is sooooo good!!!! And HE loves Kooper!!!! and the whole Krew!!!!! I just love that last photo and his huge smile!!!! <3

lizzielou said...

Connie I am so happy to read this! So happy for you and so happy for Kooper, for your whole family. Jesus the healer, He is so wonderful and faithful.

Kathy said...

Oh Connie, what an awesome post!!!
Thanks so much for sharing
Praising our loving and faithful
Father in heaven!!!

Being confident of this very thing,
that He who has begun a good work
in you will complete it until the day of
Jesus Christ. Philippians 1:6

Lori said...

I am loving these words. Bit by bit brought out of the darkness and into His light!

Rebekah said...

Praise the Lord! I am so happy to hear this! I love his smile in the last picture!

Lisa M said...

I can't tell you how much I needed to read this today! Thank you so much for sharing your heart. Kooper is in my prayers!

Susan A said...

I absolutely love this post :) I love how there is hope. Isn't the Lord so good! :)

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