How To See God Today (And A Giveaway)

Sambhaji has been my son for a year now and we’re still getting to know each other. My other three kids know when I’m joking and when I’m not, for instance, but Sambhaji gets those two swapped on a daily basis. More importantly, he’s still learning that I love him no matter what – always will. Some days Sambhaji still doesn’t believe “forever” when I promise it.

Adopted sons struggle to know, understand and believe.


This morning I sat in an overstuffed chair, prayed for understanding, wiped the goop from the corners of my eyes, and began reading with pencil in hand.

I keep asking that the God of our Lord Jesus Christ, the glorious Father, may give you the Spirit of wisdom and revelation, so that you may know him better. -Ephesians 1:17

I underlined and looked up.

Wisdom. Sophia. Skill, tact, aptitude, expertise in any art, craft, trade.

Revelation. apokalypto. Uncovering, unveiling, disclosure. One of three words referring to the Second Coming of Christ.

Know. epiginosko. Recognition, detection, awareness, observation. Epi shows direction, points to an object that is being known.

Is this how I know God the Father?

To “keep asking” the “glorious Father” to send the Spirit, who alone has the expertise to uncover and disclose God to me so that I can be aware of Him.

I want that. I want to know, understand and believe God more today than I did yesterday. I want to observe Him everywhere today, to hear Him unveiled in every conversation and see him in every moment – to recognize a thousand second comings in miniature.

My adoption makes this hard. God and I are made of different stuff and there’s so much drama and distrust that separates.

Spirit, help me know my Dad in heaven down here today.

Adoption, like nothing else I’ve lived, has deepened my understanding of God, my gratitude for His adoption of me.

Together For Adoption 2012 Atlanta

I’m the MC at this year’s Together For Adoption Conference in Atlanta September 14 & 15 at Cross Pointe Church (technically it’s in Deluth, Georgia). I’d love for you to be there, to open your bible with us and have the Spirit show us again and again what it means to have God as our Father…and exactly how that affects our relationship with the fatherless.

This is not a conference only for people who have adopted or have an interest in doing so some day. There are great breakout sessions for those folks, but this is a conference first about grasping what it means to be adopted by God and second it’s about the many ways we can care for vulnerable children in His name and support others who are doing the same.

You can register for Together For Adoption here for $99 until this “early bird” rate expires. Or you can go for free!

I’m giving away three pairs of registrations on August 15th. There are three ways to win.


One pair of tickets will be given randomly to someone who tweets one of the following messages exactly as it appears here.

#T4aCon2012 in Atlanta Sept 14-15 w/ @tonymerida @NoelPiper @shaungroves & many more for orphans (<--Click to tweet)

We love because God loved 1st. Register for #T4ACon2012 in Atlanta Sept 14-15 w/ @tonymerida @NoelPiper @shaungroves (<--Click to tweet)

@shaungroves is giving away FREE #T4ACon2012 registration for Atlanta Sept 14-15. Enter to win! (<--Click to tweet)


Leave a comment telling us why you’d like to go to Together For Adoption. I’ll give a set of passes to the commenter that compels me most. Compel away!


I’ll award one set of passes at random to someone who writes a blog post of their own about anything related to adoption or orphan care. Leave a link to your post in the comments of this post. And please link to this post of mine in your post as well so others can enter to win.

See you in Atlanta!