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Brace Yourself and Hold Tight …

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Psalm 26:1b " I have trusted in the LORD without wavering. " As summer kicks off, scenes of thrill and excitement like these come to mind.  Who doesn’t love a wild coaster ride on a sunny afternoon or at the peak of sunset?   I’m sure your family will enjoy making memories at an amusement park or take on some other breath-taking adventure like zip-lining or rock jumping.   A dear friend helped me see that the adoption journey is much like a roller coaster ride with its twists, turns and loops.   Now imagine this trek zooming backwards in the dark.   Yep, that image pretty much sums up the course we’ve embarked upon when signing up to adopt a child.   It requires us to step in the car with faith, buckle up, brace ourselves, and hold tight, because the commander of the ride can change directions, speed up or slow down at any point.   We ride by faith and give up almost all control.   (Jumping ship is not recommended.)   I love that Paul uses the phrase “hold fast” several t

You Lead, I'll Follow ...

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  Psalm 37:23     The steps of a man are established by the  Lord ,      when he delights in his way; The very footprints of God’s children are ordered; they are both directed and established by the Author of Life.   And here is the best news: he not only delights in this journey with us, but He also desires to bless it!   What a promise to hold onto when rough waters arise. I can walk forward in confidence today because I know my Abba Father , and I know his heart.    He is trustworthy and FOR me in the waiting and uncertainty of tomorrow. He walks before me in this adoption journey and goes ahead of me in the unknown territory ahead. Jamie Grace sings a song titled: “ You Lead, I Follow ” and her upbeat words are edifying.  Her chorus repeats, " You lead , I’ll follow; Your hands hold my tomorrow.   So lead me on  …"   https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=esfjyr59qYo A friend recently shared that a delay or unanswered prayer does not mean God has abandoned us; it means He

Lead me to the Rock ...

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    Most days I find myself praying out loud, “ Lord, lead me to the mother and child you have for us.  Please connect us with the baby you desire us to raise. ”  This is my heart’s desire and my earnest cry.  And while it’s good and beautiful, it’s not everything the Lord desires for me in this waiting journey.   Today I was reminded to press in deeper to the One that holds our family in his hands and sees the rocky road ahead.  I was prompted to sit quietly in God’s presence and reflect on a simple passage full of promises:   Psalm 61:1-2   “Hear my cry, O God; Attend to my prayer.  From the end of the earth I will cry to You, when my heart is overwhelmed; Lead me to the ROCK that is higher than I.”   This Psalm of David highlights assurance and shelter for those who trust in their Protector.   The result of abiding in the solid Rock is preservation and praise; unmoving peace for the anxious heart.   L ife grows more overwhelming by the day, and yes, so much is shifting aro

Keep on Singing ...

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  “ We sing JOY, we sing JOY, we sing JOY!  Hallelujah!”   This is Cloverton’s creative verse added to the classic Christmas song we all know: Joy to the World .   His bold voice inspires me to belt out beautiful praise to our Creator not just this time of year but all year long.   Why?   We have a Rescuer and Redeemer in Christ Jesus who came once as a humble babe in manger, and who we anticipate coming again for us soon.   The birth pangs of this earth are in full motion and there is need for a joyful melody to ring across our land. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7fpSzC2zOLc   As a parent looking to adopt I can honestly say, “We sing JOY!” this Christmas season even in the patience and unknown. We see the gift of our son Trace and we rejoice in his health and life even if he is our only child on earth.  We rejoice in the fact our two beautiful daughters are safe and secure in heaven with Jesus while the world is crumbling.  We sing JOY wondering what baby will be added to our family

For Such A Time as This ...

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Marcus and I have been blessed with a healthy son on earth and two beautiful girls in heaven. We long to parent another precious child and nurture him or her the way Mordecai did in the Old Testament book of Esther.  Come remember this courageous story with me! I open these pages  with my third grade class and each time I’m intrigued with the picture of adoption God highlights.   A heart for  children to be welcomed into a loving home is clearly displayed.   How do we know?  Cousin Mordecai  adopted  his relative, an orphan girl named Hadassah, also known as  Esther.  This beautiful name Esther means ‘star ’ it and foreshadows the radiance with which a young, God-fearing Jew will shine in a troubled palace and across the land of Susa.  When I picture Esther, I imagine her exuding light and brilliance into the room because of the beautiful work within her.   Cousin Mordecai had compassion on the child, welcomed her into his home. I envision him more like an uncle, weary with his own wor

Walking with eyes WIDE open …

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Our Moses basket is ready and we wait with hope! The decision to release a child to adoptive parents is one that takes incredible fortitude and strength from above.  We continue to pray for birth parents and wait in FAITH for a little one handpicked by the Lord.    Look back with me at one of the earliest stories of open adoption … a true account from Exodus 2 in the Bible where we see a set of Hebrew parents from the house of Levi.  They gave birth to a son (later to be named Moses) during a time of difficult oppression – a season of bitter slavery in Egypt.  We first meet Amram, the birth father, and then Jochebed, the birth mother.  They were two parents who longed to see the Lord fulfill a good plan for their baby.  This mom had no doubt her son was “a fine child”, so “hid him for three months” against the Pharaoh’s evil decree (verse 2).  Jochebed knew her infant’s life was in significant danger, but trusted her Heavenly Father and wisely formed a plan to protect his precious li

God's heart is FOR adoption ...

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Nativity shell sculpture by: Susan Markham     So of all the adoption stories that exist, perhaps the most spectacular one is the story of God’s own son, Jesus, coming to earth.   I rarely stop to consider the special family Jesus was grafted into – a family composed of a virgin mother and adopted dad.    Matthew 1:18 explains Jesus was conceived by the Holy Spirit, so Joseph had no direct biological connection to his baby boy.     Mary was chosen by the Lord to carry the son of God and biologically tied to him.   Joseph was handpicked to partner with Mary in raising this little one as his own son.   Together they formed an open adoptive family with the Lord God as the true birth father. Joseph had been instructed to name the baby Yeshua (Jesus) meaning “the Lord saves” because he would save his people from their sins.   I love that Joseph had an encounter with the Lord and was moved to take action and obey immediately.   He received his wake up call and took his position as a husban