Building A City

Building A City

How many remember the game Sim City? It was a game I first played when I was a teenager and I honestly couldn’t get enough of it. I always wanted to be on the computer watching my city grow and seeing city’s bank account grow. Then there was the time where I wasn’t patient enough and wreaked havoc on the city I was creating and utterly destroyed it.

Lately I have been giving some thought about building cities. Dream with me for a second. What if you had the opportunity to be the architect responsible for building a new city. Where would you begin? What would be important for you? What would your vision be for the city? The questions could go on and on.

I have a firm conviction that we are to play a role in the development of culture in the city which we call home. What are you doing to make a difference in your community? If you had the opportunity to build a city, how would you do it? I would love to hear your thoughts about ‘building a city.

I Am Adopted!

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Can you believe my name at birth was James Allen Mullett! I am so thankful God changes names.  When I was 10 weeks old I was adopted by Ray & Pat Sabourin because my biological mother was sent to prison.   She wanted a better life for me, and did what she felt was best which was to put me up for adoption.   Lately, I have been reading a lot of blogs from various people who are considering adoption or are in the process of adoption.  I think that is fantastic!  I wanted to share a few thoughts regarding what it is like to be adopted, some of the issues I had growing up and hopefully, if at all be a help to someone or a family out there.  So over the next couple of days I am going to write and even try to do a vlog or two which may be helpful.  If you are reading this and have any questions, please feel free to contact me.  I hope that in someway what I have to share will be able to help.

You Are Adopted | The day I found out I was adopted!

I remember the day vividly!  I was playing in my room when my mom and dad came to me and asked if I would come to the living room as they had something to tell me.  I left my room reluctantly as I wanted to continue to play and proceeded to the living room couch.  Without any hesitation, my dad (with a piece of paper in his hand) asked me if I knew what it meant to be adopted.  Now, you have to remember I was 4 years old at the time and the only thing on my mind were the toys in my room; so I nodded my head in agreement and from that moment on my life was completely altered.  I had no idea that I was adopted before this day.  My mom and dad were my mom and dad and my two sisters were (well, I better not say) no really, they were my sisters.  Although I didn’t know completely what was happening, my mom and dad told me I was their God chosen son and that I was a gift.  They didn’t go in to detail about the reasons behind my adoption or why I was adopted that day, but I remember for the first time I felt as though I was different.  In some weird way at the age of 4 I felt as though I didn’t belong and that there must be something wrong with me.  Why would a mother give up her child?

This is just the beginning of my story and I hope you come back over the next few days.  I know my story is one of many but I want my story to help families who have adopted or are considering adoption.  I want to be an encouragement but also help families be aware of some of the issues they ‘may’ face while raising an adoptive child.  If you know of someone who may benefit from this, please pass it on.

Orange Parents

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I have the privilege of serving on our Leadership Team at my local church. This past Sunday I had the opportunity to share the vision to our church family the vision behind the Orange Strategy. It was well received and I am excited to see what God will unfold in the coming months. Lately I have felt a stirring in my heart to what direction I believe the blog should head.

I have already made some major design changes to the blog and now I feel the content needs to be shaped better. So I will be making a move to where the blog becomes a little more personal and resourceful. I have a desire to see people connected to resources that will equip them to be informed and prepared for whatever they have been called to do.

One helpful website for families is Orange Parents. You will find so much on this site. One resource I came across the other day were these Small Group Videos designed to partner with a book entitled, “Parenting Beyong Your Capacity,” by Carey Nieuwhof and Reggie Joiner.

Click here to check them out!

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