Sunday, July 30, 2017

The Beginning: Our Path to Adoption

Adoption has been a subject of conversation between us before we even got married. God put a passion in our hearts for the fatherless, and we have been praying since we have been married about the timing of adoption for our family. As we researched and prayed over adoption, we mulled over domestic versus international and what route to follow. There is so many different options that it can quickly become overwhelming. Our prayer in any big decision is that God would open doors and that He would put something in our hearts and minds that we couldn’t shake.

God placed an amazing adoption agency in our lap with values that so closely align with our passion for the fatherless. As we began to research countries, God began to place Haiti on our hearts. Since this country was presented to us as an option, would could not get it off our minds. And let me tell you, we tried. Adoptions in Haiti often take 3 years or longer to complete. We just didn’t know if our hearts could wait that long for a child that already feels like our own, even if we didn’t have a face or name yet. But as we continued to pray over this, we quickly realized one important fact.

Adoption is not about us.

Adoption is such as beautiful picture of the Gospel. The cost of our salvation wasn’t easy. It was messy and hard and painful. But the end result is the sweet fellowship we have in the Family of God. We get overwhelmed as to how our earthly adoption of our child will forever etch in our mind the beauty of the gospel message.

Ephesians 1:4-6
..even as he chose us in him before the foundation of the world, that we should be holy and blameless before him. In love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will,  to the praise of his glorious grace, with which he has blessed us in the Beloved.

As the body of Christ, we are called to care for the fatherless. As excited as we are to share in the journey, it is a daunting one. The cost of adoption overwhelms our hearts every time we think about it. But we have also been witness to our God proving himself faithful when we are obedient to His calling.

Pray for us during this journey.

Pray for our child whoever they may be.

Pray for our hearts to be steadfast in God’s faithfulness and in the waiting.

Pray that God will continue to open doors and show us the paths to take.

Pray that God will be glorified. 

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