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October 6, 2017

Adopting Family, Don’t Lose Heart | Family Friday

Adoption is a hard road. That said, every minute–every moment–is WORTH IT. But every story is unique and this is ours. I had just had surgery and was struggling with complications. I was at an extreme low, trying to figure out how to continue with my new life. Adoption was no longer on the forefront of my mind, as it had been day and night for 3 years. Post-surgery, 7 days later, we got our phone call … a baby girl had been born, we were chosen to be her family, and she was waiting for us! This is what God had been waiting for. THIS was our plan unfolding, and He was watching in awe. This was HIS plan. A few weeks later, someone (who knew the struggles and complications I had been going through after surgery) asked, “Do you feel like you could have said NO to Maya?” … Continue reading

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September 19, 2017

5 Easy Ways to Encourage a Foster or Adoptive Family

There are hundreds of ways to participate in the ministry of foster care or adoption without actually parenting. Here are 5 simple ideas that could make BIG impact on the adoptive or foster family in your life– 1. Pray (and tell them you are praying). Prayer is not a cliché unless it is promised and never offered. Adoptive and foster parents have no independent power source apart from what God has promised. Their faith and endurance depend on God’s provision of it. So praying for them–and telling them you are praying for them–is incredibly encouraging. 2. Take a meal (or bag of groceries). Whether the family is recently home with a new child or has been home for some time, you can encourage them with a meal or bag of groceries. (Or consider giving a gift card to a restaurant or grocery store). These items take time and resources that they may be struggling to … Continue reading

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August 23, 2017

5 Verses Every Adopting Family Should Learn

The family who adopts a child (or children) is embarking on a big journey and needs big encouragement. Thankfully, we have a big God Who has given us His Word, sufficient for every aspect of adoption. Here are 5 verses every adopting family should learn. All 5 of these verses or passages apply to any stage of adoption in which you find yourself–from praying about adopting, to waiting for the referral, to raising the necessary funds, to bringing the child home, and to parenting the child. God’s Word is sufficient for every need. 1. Ephesians 3:20-21 Now to Him Who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the Church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen. 2. Matthew 11:28 Come to me, all who labor and are heavy laden, and I … Continue reading

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May 10, 2017

5 Quick Thoughts for the Weary

In the midst of another long week? Here are 5 quick thoughts to consider when you are weary– 1. God delights to use dust. “God loves to take the dust of our shattered places and do something miraculous with it.” –Lysa TerKeurst, Proverbs 31 Ministries 2. God desires to draw you close. “Stay close to the heart of the Father; that is what the world needs most from you.” –Jedd Medefind, author and president of Christian Alliance for Orphans 3. God loves you perfectly. “Christ’s love compels us. It is inexhaustible.” –Steven Curtis Chapman, singer, song writer, and founder of Show Hope 4. God is enough.  “Do not make yourself the center of your story. Let others see Jesus at the center.” — Peter Greer, president and CEO of HOPE International 5. God gives grace. “But he said to me, ‘My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.’ Therefore I will … Continue reading

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March 29, 2017

Growing Closer: 7 Practical Considerations for Bonding

A family formed by choice inherently comes with questions, fears, and challenges regarding bonding. Here are 7 things to consider– 1. Keep things simple. “One of the most powerful parenting strategies we have used with the greatest amount of immediate and visible, long lasting healing has also been one of the easiest: Holding. Although we naturally did this with our biological son, we intentionally do this with our adopted children. Holding your adopted child is nurturing and gentle, and it’s powerful, because the holding increases and mobilizes development within a child.” –Amy, adoptive mom and blogger @tinygreenelephants.com 2. Remind yourself that you and your child ultimately want many of the same things–love, acceptance, family, familiarity. It is not you against this child. It is you and this child against this child’s history. –Dr. Karyn Purvis, The Connected Child 3. Acknowledge the loss(es). “Our children want what they have lost, and so do we. They … Continue reading

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February 22, 2017

How to Avoid Compassion Fatigue

Poverty. Refugee crisis. Foster care. Homelessness. Natural disasters. Orphan care. Sex trafficking … The scope of today’s personal and political crises is unprecedented. Everywhere we look, someone is hurting. Every time we turn on the T.V. we are bombarded with stories and images of people around the world who are experiencing deep suffering. The paralyzing problem of too many needs 21.3 Million Refugees (over half of whom are under 18) 143 Million Orphans 428,000 Foster Kids The numbers alone are daunting. Is it even possible to wrap our finite minds around a number like 143 million? So we take foster care classes, bring broken children into our lives, and invite hurting families into our homes. We take meals to the suffering and pray through the lists. And when we learn of a new need or crisis, we jump to get involved. We should care about these needs. God has commanded us to take the … Continue reading

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October 7, 2016

Enduring the Agony of Adoption Detours | Family Friday

Meet Austin and Erin. In his words … Our adoption journey began in 2010, when we applied to adopt from Ethiopia. Early on, Erin and I knew we wanted to adopt. In pre-marital counseling, when discussing children, we realized we were both interested in international adoption. Our desire grew further in our young marriage, so we decided we would pursue an adoption before trying to have biological children. This leads to the first lesson we learned (as it seems all do): adoptions do not go in straight lines. We were blessed with two biological children while waiting for our adoption in Ethiopia to come to fruition. About four years into the process our agency, Gladney Center for Adoption, informed us they were having to close their operation in Ethiopia. Despite this grave disappointment, we were so thankful to have Gladney walking with us every step of the way. Their professionalism and … Continue reading

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