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Adoption is something I have held in my heart even before our youngest was born. My husband…well he always loved our family as it is…until one day the Lord dropped in his heart to pursue adopting two sweet girls that were already a part of our lives.

It was that sudden and that clear.

So the process began and ended in the span of a week. All the ‘t’s were crossed and ‘I’s dotted on our paperwork, home study complete, safety regulations met and finger prints taken. All we needed was the judge’s ruling, which had been delayed. From a full on sprint toward adoption to a left hand turn in the road…God was clear in his instructions.

His words were take the next steps toward adoption. Now STOP. I have another family for these little ones.

Even though I know we were in His will the whole way, we can’t explain the outcome. Through the process the Lord grew us as He opened my husband’s heart to adoption like it has never been before. Maybe this is the reason for the roller coaster…I’ll never be quite sure.

One thing I do know is that every single day I am reminded. I have all sorts of child safety gadgets in my home and every time I open a drawer I am reminded of what we were preparing for…what we ARE prepared for. And then, the Lord softly reminds me that I am HIS. That He adopted me into HIS marvelous family and made me heirs with Christ.

That, my friend, is sobering and oh, so much more real to me because of the journey we have traveled.

For ye received not the spirit of bondage again unto fear; but ye received the spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. The Spirit himself beareth witness with our spirit, that we are children of God: and if children, then heirs; heirs of God, and joint-heirs with Christ; Romans 8:15-17a

One of the reasons my husband was so hesitant in the past to adopt was because he really felt he might not be able to love adopted children as he loves his own. He knows now, he can.

Behold the birds of the heaven, that they sow not, neither do they reap, nor gather into barns; and your heavenly Father feedeth them. Are not ye of much more value then they? Matthew 6:26

The Father loves us SO much that He gave His one and ONLY son to pay the price for our sins. He then brought us into his family and loves us…just as HIS OWN. Praise the Lord! What a beautiful picture of adoption.

So we also, when we were children, were held in bondage under the rudiments of the world: but when the fullness of the time came, God sent forth his Son, born of a woman, born under the law, that he might redeem them that were under the law, that we might receive the adoption of sons. And because ye are sons, God sent forth the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, Abba, Father. So that thou art no longer a bond-servant, but a son; and if a son, then an heir through God. Galatians 4:3-7

I am so grateful to more fully understand the depth of Jesus’s sacrifice. Not only did His life pay the price for my sin…it also gave me a Heavenly Father that loves me beyond my comprehension.

The sweet little one were given their “Forever Families” yesterday. I know that God’s hand has been on them greatly as He has been preparing their new family to receive them with arms wide open…just as Jesus did for us on the cross.

If you are a believer in Christ, you are a CHILD of the Living and True God. You have been purchased with a price and nothing can separate you from His love.

Now breathe that in…

it’s beautiful, isn’t it!

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