This is what adoption looks like (The intro)
For months now I have wanted to share what this process looks like for those who may be considering taking the journey themselves or for those who are just curious about what my family is up to. I’ve been cautious about exposing this part of my life because honestly this process already leaves you feeling vulnerable. But I have also shared with God that he can use me to be a mouth piece on any situation so why should this topic be any different? You may be wondering why my faith would have anything to do with this decision. Well I honestly believe without my faith-I would not be adopting.
See I believe adoption is at the core of who God is because through Jesus Christ and his sacrifice he adopted us into his family: (Galatians 4:5-7 “God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his own children. And because we are his children, God sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.” Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.)
He has given us a place to belong not because of what we do but simply because of who we are. God brought us into his family and promised everything that is his now will also be ours. After all this is the right of the heir. An heir is defined as a person inheriting and continuing the legacy of a predecessor. For some this inheritance seems like no big deal. Some have always had a place of support, belonging and encouragement. So this sacrifice seems almost small or unneeded. In the book of Luke 7:41-43 Jesus asks Simon about paying off the debts for two different individuals. One owed 500 denarii and the other only 50 denarii but neither could afford the debt. He asked Simon who would love him more to which Simon answered, “I suppose the one with the greater debt” and Jesus replied, “You have answered correctly.” Neither could pay but the one who had the greater cost understood the gift on a deeper level of gratitude. If you have always had the love of a father-it can be difficult to understand what it means to go without. This is true for any situation. For myself I did not grow up with the love of a father. It wasn’t until I began a personal relationship with Christ (around 8th grade) that I fully began to appreciate what adoption really was. The father figures in my life did not leave me much of a legacy to inherit. But I was adopted by Abba Father! This was a legacy worth inheriting. This was a precious and valuable gift. And the best part was- He loved me, not for what I accomplished or did but simply because I was me. This spiritual adoption saved me from my self. I have no idea what kind of path my life would have taken had God not claimed me as his own showing me my true value. SO there it is. From a spiritual perspective this is why I feel the need to share what God is doing to grow our family through adoption. Not because I believe that we will be saviors for a child. But because we believe we can give them a place of belonging and acceptance and in the process introduce them to the true savior, Jesus Christ. Not every post will be a bible lesson (I’m sorry or you’re welcome) but I wanted to help you understand a deep part of this journey before I jump into all the earthly details.
I wish I could say that I wrote a lot of things down to share with you over the past 10 months. Instead I will be relying on memories from the past year to explain what our journey has looked like up until this point and then sharing our process as it unfolds. This is no way meant to be an adoption blog but I created it to share my life of walking with Christ while focusing on Faith, Family and Fun. This is very much part of all those things. You may feel free to ask your honest questions (as long as there is genuine interest) or leave comments. I will do my best to be transparent and open. But as a little viral post taught me just a couple of months ago about the best and worst of what happens when people can share any comment at any time- this is still my page. I believe in the power of words and will not let mean comments stay. Share words of life people. And consider adopting 🙂