When God calls us to do something we should respond with joyful obedience. God knows what is best for each of us and He has an eternal perspective. Our lives are an adventurous story written by God himself since the beginning of time. We are very excited to embark on this next adventurous journey God has placed in front of us.
About two years ago Preston and I started talking about the possibility of adoption. We are definitely finished having biological children but really felt God beginning to place the desire to share His love, His provision for a family and His value for all His children with one more incredible blessing in our lives, an adopted child.
There are 143 million orphans in the world. That number is so big it is hard to wrap my head around it. While, I can't do anything for all 143 million, I can give a family to 1. If every Christian family gave 1 child the blessing of making them a part of their family then the 143 million would equal 0. God calls all of us to care for the orphans. James 1:27 states, "Pure and genuine religion in the sight of God the Father means caring for orphans and widows in their distress and refusing to let the world corrupt you.
God painted a beautiful picture of adoption when He adopted each of us as His children!
So then, brothers, we are not obligated to the flesh to live according to the flesh, for if you live according to the flesh, you are going to die. But if by the Spirit you put to death the deeds of the body, you will live. All those led by God’s Spirit are God’s sons. For you did not receive a spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father!” The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him.Galatians 4:4-6
But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children. And because we are his children, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, prompting us to call out, “Abba, Father.”All children are an incredible blessings. All children have special abilities and challenges. No child is perfect but they are all created by our perfect God. If we seek to see our children through God's eyes they will always be a blessing. We know God will give us His strength through this journey through adoption, just as He gives us the strength to live our every day lives. A few scriptures that came to mind are following.
Have you not known? Have you not heard? The Lord is the everlasting God, the Creator of the ends of the earth. He does not faint or grow weary; his understanding is unsearchable. He gives power to the faint, and to him who has no might he increases strength. Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.2 Corinthians 12:9-10
But he said to me, “My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.Colossians 1:10-12
And we pray this in order that you may live a life worthy of the Lord and may please him in every way: bearing fruit in every good work, growing in the knowledge of God, being strengthened with all power according to his glorious might so that you may have great endurance and patience, and joyfully giving thanks to the Father, who has qualified you to share in the inheritance of the saints in the kingdom of light1 Peter 4:11
If anyone speaks, he should do it as one speaking the very words of God. If anyone serves, he should do it with the strength God provides, so that in all things God may be praised through Jesus Christ. To him be the glory and the power for ever and ever. Amen.Today we are officially beginning our adoption process by turning in our adoption application. For the past several weeks we attended a few informational meetings with Lifeline Adoption Services, the adoption agency we are using. We particularly love this agency because Lifeline understands adoption as a calling to share God's love with a child, just as God has shared His love with us through Christ.
We are confident God is calling us to adopt from the Ukraine. Honestly, this is not the country we initially thought we would adopt from, but God has confirmed this is the place for us. We are very excited. We will soon begin learning Russian so that we can communicate some with our child when she comes home. Ukrainian adoption is different than most in that we will not be matched with our child until we are in the Ukraine. Also, children are not up for international adoption until age 6. Our plan is to adopt a girl between the ages of 6-9. Of course, if God has other plans we will happily submit to them!
So, how does the subject have anything to do with the rest of this post? Our names — though this was totally unplanned — go in alphabetical order for the most part. We did not even realize this until a friend pointed it out. Depending on lots of factors since we are adopting an older child, our initial thought would be to name her with a K: Karis. So, our names would be Janelle, Karis, Logan, Mia, Nathan, Owen and Preston.