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Adoption: Remember Gratitude

on November 21, 2012

In our home it seems fitting that adoption awareness and Thanksgiving are celebrated in the same month. We really are grateful for the blessing of adoption and the lessons we have learned. I thought I’d just share a few thoughts this Thanksgiving Eve.

Foremost would be our gratefulness for how God shaped our faith and view of him through our experience. Now we really know that God will give peace beyond comprehension. He blesses exceedingly abundantly above what we could ask or think. He places the lonely in families and cares for the orphan. We know it because we have experienced it. Like the Israelites’ monuments, we have something we can look at and remember. Our faith in God is stronger because we have seen him work. Problems were solved in a way only he could. And, I don’t think any believer can experience adoption without having his own view of salvation deepened. As Christians, we are adopted as sons into God’s family. What an awe-inspiring thought!

Of course, I don’t think anyone can experience adoption without being grateful for financial provision. A couple of extra job opportunities were provided for my husband or I right before a payment was due. We were blessed with several financial gifts to use for our adoption. And, when our sweet baby came to our home more quickly than we expected, friends and family blessed us with supplies. I have never quite understood how the numbers worked at that time of our lives.

I would be remiss if I did not share how thankful we are for the choice our daughter’s birthmother made and the protection God had on our baby’s life. In this world where abortion is so easy and available that is not taken lightly. All other circumstances aside, a woman made a very courageous choice and allowed our baby girl to live. If you are in the waiting period of adoption, I encourage you specifically to pray for your future child’s birthmother as she makes these decisions and follows through.

I am thankful for how God has expanded my vision of adoption. Hopefully, we use our experiences to bless and encourage others as they walk the path. Our decision to adopt came after walking through infertility for several years. However, we now see that the global opportunity for adoption is so much bigger than that.That was just what God used to bring us to our decision to adopt. In our country and around the world, the need is great! Orphan care is a current buzz word thrown about, but it truly is what God expects of believers.  More than just expanding our family, God has shown us the eternal value of adoption. Through adoption into Christian homes children are hearing God’s truth.

Adoption can be difficult and painful. We have several friends who have experienced failed adoptions. (I hate that term by the way. There has to be a different way to say that.) But, sometimes it is through tough lessons and pain that we see how big our God is. We see his grace and healing. We are able to claim his promises. Though no one chooses to walk through pain of any kind, when one’s faith has been stretched through those experiences we can see their value. If this Thanksgiving finds you at one of those tough points, I pray that God gives you extra comfort and allows you a glimpse of his greater purpose.

Thank you for walking memory lane with me as I counted a few of our blessings. What are you thankful for today?


2 responses to “Adoption: Remember Gratitude

  1. […] Sarah Andrews, managing editor of reviews at Home Educating Family Reviews shares her adoption story blessings at choresandchatter. […]

  2. […] Sarah Andrews, managing editor of reviews at Home Educating Family Reviews shares her adoption story blessings at choresandchatter. […]

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