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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 29, 2017

Does God Ever Finally Say “Yes”? | Family Friday

Six months ago, my phone rang and a voice I’d never heard before announced she was the adoption attorney and she had good news for me. (Don’t forget to read the first part of this story, An Open Letter to Infertility.) I stood up really quickly and kind of choked out the words, “GOOD news?” I needed to hear it again because for three years, every adoption lead and follow-up had been what we’d call NOT good news. And we were tired. Our daughter, almost five and also adopted, was even growing weary in her prayers. “I keep asking God for a baby and maybe He will just say NO.” We struggled to sympathize and also draw her attention to the reality that God’s “no” ought to be dearer to us than our push for “yes.” It was a struggle for us all. So I was in disbelief at the … Continue reading

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September 22, 2017

Where Life and Death Meet in Grace and Adoption | Family Friday

The adoption of our precious daughter is part of a legacy where God connected the dots of His sovereignty over 2 young lives, down to the smallest details. We started on the path to adopt a child with a limb difference because we had a nephew who was born with orthopedic special needs. He passed away unexpectedly in the middle of our adoption process, but our travel approval arrived on what would have been his third birthday, and we left for China on the first anniversary of his death. Over the years we have had the privilege of supporting a number of friends in their adoption journeys through participating in Lifesong-facilitated financial support programs. When we found ourselves called to adopt, we knew we wanted to partner with Lifesong. We wanted to create a pathway for others to share with us in the joy of extending the gift of family to … 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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September 8, 2017

When the Plans Suddenly Change | Family Friday

After trying and unsuccessfully being matched 3 times for a little girl in the Philippines, we felt like God was telling us to let our adoption plans go and to wait on Him. As a mom, I knew that when the timing was right, the right child would “fall in our laps” and it probably wouldn’t be exactly as I had planned. I knew this because God typically laughs at my plans. So we put our plans on hold and moved on, and life got busy and stressful. That’s why when we received our referral it came as a shock. We had no “irons in the fire,” but God dropped a referral in our laps out of nowhere just as I knew He would. You’d have thought I would have jumped for joy but the referral wasn’t the child I had picked out for myself, and to be honest, moving forward with … Continue reading

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September 6, 2017

Is God Calling Your Family to Adopt?

Having been adopted and also having adopted, it’s one of the most frequent questions I am asked–“How do I know if I’m supposed to adopt?” It’s a good question with a complicated answer. Here’s the short answer: You (and potentially your spouse) know in your heart what God wants or does not want you to do. But here are 3 additional thoughts– 1. Your contribution is needed. No, adopting is not a requirement for someone who loves Jesus any more than going to the mission field is a requirement for someone who loves the Great Commission, but caring for children in need is as much required of you as is sharing the Gospel. The Great Commission and the admonition to care for the fatherless are equally Scriptural. You have something to contribute. If it’s not adoption, what is it? Consider this: If you feel the pull of God on your heart to do something to help fatherless … Continue reading

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August 30, 2017

11 Books that Celebrate the Joy of Adoption

It’s the season for books and reading, so we asked you–our social media audience–for the books that most shaped you with regard to adoption. The response was overwhelming! Here are 11 books that stood out in the conversation– 1. Adopted for Life (Russell Moore) Dr. Moore’s book is a practical manifesto for Christians to adopt children and to help equip other Christian families to do the same. He shows that adoption is not just about couples who want children-or who want more children. It is about an entire culture that sees adoption as part of the Great Commission mandate and as a sign of the gospel itself. 2. Born Broken: An Adoptive Journey (Kristin Berry) Kristin Berry tells her family’s story honestly, and does not shy away from the challenges she and her family has faced, including isolation and depression. This story is written with her son’s blessings, in the hopes that others will … Continue reading

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