Category Archives: Adoption

Introducing Maria Joy Born!

Yesterday was an extraordinary day!  We finalized our adoption and heard the judge declare a new name for our daughter – Maria Joy Born.  It was not a grand ceremony, but having many of our friends and family surrounding us … Continue reading

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Signing Adoption Papers

On a personal note, today is a very exciting day in the Born household.  Around noon, we will sign the adoption papers for Maria.  Exactly a year ago I wrote these words: The real issue of life, the bottom line … Continue reading

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Overflow

Welcome to the Overflow – forsaking the American pursuit of safe, comfortable, manageable and clean living for something much more exciting and dangerous and dare we say, biblical.  I am writing this to encourage men to open up their lives … Continue reading

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Sharing Our Maria Story

This past week, Julie and I shared our Maria story with our church family.  It was an incredible experience preparing for and then delivering our story 4 times during the worship services.  (Video no longer available.) Julie and I re-lived it … Continue reading

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The Work of the Kingdom

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving. I am most thankful for the life that God has given me. I am overflowing with joy and thanksgiving and can hardly wait to declare that in worship tonight at our Thanksgiving Eve service. Last week, I … Continue reading

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The Work I Was Created to Do

Next week on Monday is a very important court date for Maria. I’ve got nervous anticipation and strong hopes that things will actually progress as planned. This is called the “two six” hearing that removes parental rights and begins our … Continue reading

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The God Who Controls the Pigs

Having missed a week of my ‘listening time,’ I’m not sure where to jump back in. I celebrated my 11th anniversary last week up in the Sawtooth Mountains of Idaho. Mom and Dad put Julie and me up in a … Continue reading

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On Unconditional Love

I want to recount my experience in court on Thursday. It was perhaps one of the most profound moments I’ve ever had. In juvenile court there is a lot of dysfunction, abuse, anger, neglect, brokenness and heartbreaking sadness. Every case … Continue reading

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On Prayer

This morning, I was posed with the question, “Can we change God’s mind when we pray?” Prayer has been a topic of thought and conversation over the past few months as I walked through the experience of almost losing my … Continue reading

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On Worship and Faith

The real issue of life, the bottom line for the Christ-follower, is the answer to this question. Do I trust God or not? This is the question of faith. By faith in Christ we have salvation, and by faith, we … Continue reading

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