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Transformation by Truth: Day 28

Day 26

Excerpts from Transformation by Truth: 30 Days to a Healthy Heart, Mind and Body by Noelle Dey © 2012

Friday, March 17, 2017

Carefully prepared just for you by your friend, Noelle Dey

Blessing:

Sweet Lord, thank You for another opportunity to come into Your presence. I bow before Your feet, and recognize You for who You are. You are the only One worthy. Father may I always remember where my place is – at Your feet! I ask You to humble my heart. Prioritize my time so that I am completing those things You’ve prepared for me. May You be glorified in this time, amen.

Scripture Reference:

For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well.

Psalm 139:13-14

Today’s Message:

I love baths. I stack up a handful of magazines on one corner of the tub and a glass of ice-cold water with lemon wedges on the other. When I come out looking like a Japanese dried plum, you know I’m having a great day.

January 24, 2003 was one of those pruned-up, great days. Although I only had one magazine to read, there was an article that grabbed my heart. It was a story of a family’s journey to adopting their daughter from China. Not only did this story move me, it changed me.

I got out of the bath soaking wet with my magazine in hand and interrupted Ryan’s guitar playing and read him the story. Both of us were teary-eyed and Ryan said, “We’re adopting from China, aren’t we?” When Ryan had asked me to marry him, I was so humbled by the honor of taking his name and becoming a Dey.

Once we became our own family, we had the ability to give this same gift to a baby. I couldn’t believe there would be an appointed time when we would welcome a precious new Dey! Along with the excitement though, came 15 months of paperwork, adoption home studies, meetings with our social worker and preparation to become parents.

I can’t say that those months were the easiest time for us. I’d get frustrated with the tedious nature of the paperwork and Ryan tried to reconcile going from the guy who never wanted to get married and never wanted to have kids to seeing God’s gifts of becoming a husband and a dad-to-be.

It was plain to see that we had very separate issues when I overheard Ryan’s end of a phone conversation telling a friend, “No, the paperwork’s not that hard.” Holy cow! I gave him the ultimate stink eye. I can still hear my shriek, “It’s not hard because I do it all for you and tell you where to sign!”

I struggle with patience. Ryan, not so much. He knew that God had His perfectly appointed time for us to become parents. I, on the other hand, became addicted to Chinese adoption chat groups and constantly checked the China Center of Adoption Affair’s website. I knew exactly when our referral would be sent to our agency. I had my cell phone attached to my hip. With all of that micromanagement, don’t ask me how I missed the call.

I was in my home office. I looked at my phone and saw, “Missed call from Sabrina.” Ryan was in the kitchen. I ran to him, my voice shaking and said, “She called!” Standing together, I called Sabrina back.

She answered the phone saying, “Noelle…”

My words were barely audible, “Am I a mom, Sabrina?”

“Congratulations! You and Ryan have the most beautiful 18-month-old baby girl!”

Months before this life-changing moment, we knew our daughter’s name would be Sierra Dey since both of us grew up in the beauty of Lake Tahoe’s Sierra Nevada mountain range during summer vacations. And whatever her Chinese name was, we committed to keep it as her middle name to show our deep respect for her personal history.

Within a few hours of our phone call, we were sitting in our adoption agency waiting for Sabrina’s arrival. She battled Friday night Los Angeles traffic so we could see Sierra’s picture for the first time. When she came through the door, I grabbed Ryan’s hand as I literally trembled. When Sabrina opened the manila file, we saw her. Her beauty was stunning. She had perfect little fingers, big eyes, a teeny nose and a hint of a knowing grin.

Moms who have physically given birth all tell me similar stories. I’ll ask them how painful their delivery was and they’ll say, “I endured pain, but the moment I saw my baby for the first time, I was on such a spiritual high, the pain faded to the background.”

That same principle held true for our adoption. The moment we laid eyes on her, everything leading us to that point vanished. Only in God’s perfect intimacy could so many miracles be woven into our story. They estimate Sierra’s birthday to be January 31, 2003.

That would have been exactly seven days after we read the magazine article. Seven is God’s number of perfect completion. And, January 24, 2003 was not only the day Sierra was born in our hearts, but it was also my Dad’s birthday. It was the first one we had without him here since he went to heaven the year before.

On a day that could have easily been filled with loss, God transformed it into a day of the most incredible, eternal gain. And since Sierra was found during Chinese New Year, her Chinese name Xiao Xin translates into “a new dawn” or “a new day.” Are you kidding me?! Yes! She is A NEW DEY!

APPLICATIONS

Heart:

When Ryan first laid eyes on his little girl’s picture, a new song was being written in his heart. “One Girl” speaks to his journey of becoming the man God created him to be. Ryan would pray and ask God to help him be more selfless. Since God is… well… God… Ryan wondered what measures the Lord would take to answer his prayers. To Ryan’s astonishment, his prayers were answered by a miracle.

God can rain down fire from heaven

Throw a mountain in the sea

Do away with world hunger

He can cure all disease

He can raise the dead to living

He can calm a raging storm

He can stop all pain and suffering

Bring an end to every war

And God can change a heart with just one girl

“One Girl” – Ryan Dey

I used to think miracles were only the awesome stories of God raising Lazarus from the dead or parting the Red Sea. And while God is more than capable of doing these types of miracles, Ryan’s song lyrics point out that some of the biggest miracles God performs are the miracles of changed hearts. God changed Ryan’s heart and answered his prayer with a 19-pound miracle and she was made in China!

What about you? Can you use a change-of-your-heart-miracle?

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You actually have all the makings right where you are, just as you are. God shines His light of revelation.

Are you willing to open your eyes to it?

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Are you aware that you are a miracle?

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Psalm 139:14 explains that you are fearfully and wonderfully made. God actually knitted even your most delicate, inner parts inside your mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). The New Living Translation describes you as wonderfully complex and a marvelous workmanship!

Is that hard for you to believe?

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It’s probably not a stretch to comprehend those words for someone you love deeply, right? But what about you? Can you imagine holding a baby for the first time, getting eye contact and whispering, “Hello little one. You have a blank slate for this life of yours! I hope you find a job where you can fly under the radar and survive paycheck to paycheck.”?

Of course not! You look into the baby’s eyes and you know that this miracle can change our world. Well, you are still that miraculous little baby even though you have some years behind you now.

In your prayer time, ask God to reveal the miracle of you.

Are you having a hard time believing what Psalm 139:13-14 says about you?

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If so, journal what it is that is holding you back from complete belief.

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Lift all of your pain, anguish, fear, regrets… everything that is keeping you from living your miraculous life. Lift it all to God and, in faith, stand with me in prayer and ask Him to replace those emotions with His strength, peace, revelation and wisdom.

Write about the life that you need to start living because YOU (insert your name here) are a marvelous workmanship! YOU are wonderfully complex! YOU are fearfully and wonderfully made!

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Mind:

Stand up and walk out of your history.

Dr. Phil

Think about your life’s story.

Or, said another way, think about your history.

If I was having coffee with you, how would you tell your story?

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Sierra is now nine years old and she has a deep, passionate heart. She’ll tell you that her life is a story about God’s love for her and her parents. Out of all the babies in the whole world, God chose to pick her out and pair her with us even though we were on opposite sides of the world.

Now, being realistic, I understand that she could also view her life with a different perspective. She could explain how tragic her story is since she lived in an orphanage for the first 20 months of her life. Facts are facts, but how you choose to use those facts creates your story.

Think about that.

Why is it that some people can endure horrific abuse, suffer life-limiting diseases, be surrounded by death and dying… yet when they tell you their story, it’s filled with inspiration and victory? And then there are those who have had a pretty easy life, relatively speaking, and after they share their history with you, you feel exhausted and you’re compelled to limit your time with them.

Which type of person will you choose to be? Is your story a love story? Is it drama-filled? Is it a tragedy? Is it an adventure? Do you need to “stand up and walk out of your history”?

Write your story in your journal.

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Don’t feel bad if you’ve been living a drama-filled life or if you’ve been an energy zapper to those around you. Well, I should say, don’t feel bad if that’s your beginning. It’s time to write the present and the future.

Everyone loves a movie where there is a stunning transformation. Consider movies where the underdog comes from behind to claim victory. Or, how about the movies where the bad guy turns into a good guy at the end? Any of those inspiring stories can be yours.

So, write or rewrite your history and live the miracle!

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Body:

After the baby is delivered, the mom’s pain fades to the background and all she focuses on is her new precious gift.

When you look at your exercise plan and nutrition, where is your attention?

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Are you crabby because your muscles are sore from your last workout?

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Do you get angry when you see your friends eating fried-heaven-knows-what while your plate is filled with fresh veggies, fish and quinoa?

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Are you thinking, “Hey lady, what’s kwin-o-uh?” Uh yeah, it’s keen-wah… the super grain, Google it. Anyhow, back to the point.

What will it take for you to focus on the end result knowing full well that everything leading up to it will all pale in comparison?

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Write your plan and live it!

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Closing Prayer:

Sweet Heavenly Father, thank You for the precious gift of life. Forgive me for the times I’ve taken it for granted. You have provided us all an opportunity at a new life with a new purpose, and Lord it is my desire that we would release the grip we have upon our old life and take hold of this new found freedom. Freedom found in Christ is nothing like anything else I’ve ever experienced. For it’s through Him that our souls are truly satisfied. Let us always thirst for You – the fountain flowing with Living Water.

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