This is the place where we are have documented the road we have walked in order to adopt our four children from Brazil and the road we are now on as a family. We are keenly aware that adopting is not just a process we've chosen to go through, but part of God's plan for us and for our children. May He be glorified through the process and through our family!

Friday, February 15, 2008

Meditation on Adoption

Just stop and think about this:  God adopts us!!

Though we were far from Him and sick with sin (with no way to get to Him on our own), God gave Christ so that those who believe in Him can be adopted as sons and daughters into God's family!  

The process we have to follow to adopt our child into our family sounds much more complicated, but is FAR less costly.  We are giving a year or two of our lives and some of our financial resources to this journey, but Christ sacrificed all--his very life--as an adoption fee for us.  We are privileged to have a family (someday) that will reflect God's loving plan for us so closely.  

Adoption is a miracle.  These are some scriptures verses that have been encouraging to us and other adoptive families as they wait to be united with their miracle.

Many are the plans in a man's heart, but it is the Lord's purpose that prevails. 

Proverbs 19:21

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.

John 14:18 

I waited patiently for the Lord; And He inclined to me, and heard my cry.

Psalm 40:1 

Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and lean not on your own understanding.  In all your ways acknowledge Him and he will make your paths straight.  

Proverbs 3:5&6

Delight in the Lord and he will give you the desires of your heart.

Psalm 37:4

Make your ear attentive to wisdom and inclining your heart to understanding; yes, if you call out for insight and raise your voice

for understanding, if you seek it like silver and search for it as for hidden treasures then you will understand the fear of the Lord

and find the knowledge of God.  

Proverbs 2:2-5

For I know the plans I have for you declares the Lord.  Plans to prosper and not harm you. Plans for hope and a future. 

Jeremiah 29:11

The one who calls you is faithful and he will do it.

I Thessalonians 5:24

For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you have received the spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”

Romans 8:15

May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.

Romans 15:1

Be joyful in hope, patient in affliction, faithful in prayer.

Romans 12:12

I will proclaim the decree of the LORD:  He said to me, "You are my Son; today I have become your Father. Ask of me, and I will make the nations your inheritance, the ends of the earth your possession."
Psalm 2:7-8