Gratitude. So much of our lives are surrounded by things we want, need, or should have. The comparison game creeps in and shatters the content we have with our own belongings. But the truth that we belong to God and we are children of God should not escape our minds. We belong to the Father and he is our provider. This week I found myself asking “what if we don’t adopt a baby?” and of course the next question that followed in my mind was, “would I be content with that?” And would I still be grateful? I’d like to think I would be, but I don’t feel like it would come very naturally! God is good, and he knows the desires of our hearts. We desire to adopt and grow our hearts and our family, but he knows the plans he has for us. So I pray. I pray more now than ever. I pray for my own heart that I would content. I pray for birth mothers considering adoption. I pray for our relationship as a couple. I am so grateful for where I am now, what’s developing in my life, and I’m excited to see what happens this year. #hopingtoadopt #adoption #grateful #content #waitingtoadopt #theyearahead #webelongtothefather #Godisourprovider
So much beauty all around us and all the glory belongs to our creator and Father. He is Lord of all. One of my favorite hymns For the Beauty of The Earth sings praises to our Lord about the joy we find here on earth. • For the beauty of the earth, for the glory of the skies, for the love which from our birth over and around us lies; Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. • For the beauty of each hour of the day and of the night, hill and vale, and tree and flower, sun and moon, and stars of light; Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. • For the joy of ear and eye, for the heart and mind's delight, for the mystic harmony, linking sense to sound and sight; Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. • For the joy of human love, brother, sister, parent, child, friends on earth and friends above, for all gentle thoughts and mild; Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. • For thy church, that evermore lifteth holy hands above, offering up on every shore her pure sacrifice of love; Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise. • For thyself, best Gift Divine, to the world so freely given, for that great, great love of thine, peace on earth, and joy in heaven: Lord of all, to thee we raise this our hymn of grateful praise.
Happy Mother’s Day I invite you today to remember that today is more than Mother’s day, it is the Lords day. Our identity is in Christ, not in the fruit of our womb or lack of it. So many women today are struggling with their emotions because of infertility, miscarriage, and infant loss, but this day makes them keenly aware of their emotions all because of a Hallmark holiday. As women, we belong to Christ, some of us are called to be Mother’s and some are not. And for some, our deepest desire is to have children, but we must remember that our identity is not based on that. Even some churches are practicing this today by honoring mothers with flowers or some other silly tradition. Not only are mothers singled out today, it singles out those who are not mothers. So today, remember the promises of God, remember the hope of your salvation, and remember the true purpose of gathering to worship God this Sunday. As I celebrate today, not only Mother’s Day but today is my birthday, I enjoy knowing I’ve got a family waiting for me in heaven, and that today isn’t about me holding my children in my arms. .. .. .. .. .. #mothersday #infantloss #miscarriage #infertility #childlessmother #inchrist #lordsday #sunday
God is good. God is good all the time. Even when our dreams aren’t what he has planned for us. Even when our hopes are dashed. Even when our dreams come true, just to be taken away again. Remembering my sweet son taken to heaven at such a young age. Remembering my sweet son taken before he was born. Being a mom and then not being a mom. Remembering that God is good all the time, and his plan for me is bigger and better and more blessed than I can imagine. So many mommas without children today, and I just want to remind you that God is good. #godisgood #miscarriage #infantloss #journeytoadoption
Sometimes waiting to adopt feels like it is taking forever. The wait just keeps going, and it feels like the wait will never end. But maybe more appropriately, the wait is growing. I wait with anticipation, and the anticipation increases with every passing day. It’s like watching this succulent grow. There is no noticeable difference from day to day, but over the months this little plant gets bigger. Even so the anticipation of bringing home a baby is getting bigger, which makes waiting and being patient that much harder. But God is watching over us, and knows our innermost being. He knows our pain and our excitement as we wait. Such a joy to know we have a Father in heaven who is compassionate and loves us. #adoptiondevotional #waitingtoadopt #adoptionwait #adoptionjourney
What is adoption? As my husband and I prepare to adopt a child, I have been trying to learn more and dig deeper into what adoption is, what it means, and how it impacts us. It’s an amazing topic, but I just wanted to share with you a definition that I read last night from a booklet by Michael A. Milton, “Adoption is a singular, non repeatable, unilateral event based on love, choice, sacrifice, and law, which binds the parties forever by an authoritative decree.” I think this just about sums up the act of adoption.
Some of my favorite blessings in scriptures are specific blessings given to people. 🔹Numbers 6:24-26 The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. 🔹I Thessalonians 5:23-24 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. Jesus himself gives a blessing, but it is more generic and is talking about blessings that come to those with certain characteristics. 🔹Matthew 5:3-12 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for this is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Bless are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. #adoptiondevotional #blessings #godsblessings #adoptionblessings #waitingtoadopt #adoptiveparents #adoptionjourney