The Lord is our Portion

The Lord is our Portion

Friday, November 30, 2012

Adoption Is....

"The gospel is not a picture of adoption,
adoption is a picture of the gospel."
John Piper
Hubby recently found this video and really appreciates the truths and encouragement John Piper gives, we figured it would be a great ending post for November National Adoption Awareness month.

Wednesday, November 28, 2012

adoption - it is family

With this being National Adoption Month it has had us thinking about how much our family has changed since taking a leap of faith and following the Lords leading to adopt the first time - we are so blessed to have our little guy in our lives. Our little guy adds so much to our family that we never knew was missing before! 
I love reading other adoptive families stories and their reasons for adopting - majority of the time (besides the Lord leading them) was because they felt like someone was missing from their families.
That is so true and is exactly how it feels for is not about saving or rescuing an orphan (although our hearts are broken for the fatherless) it is more - it is family
God puts that desire on our hearts ever so softly (sometimes repeatedly!!!)  and we take that leap of faith.  Then that desire becomes a longing-like you are missing something or in this case someone...
there are days when I picture my kids outside and in my mind I already see six children.  
Apparently that longing doesn't only effect the parents...the other day I was out shopping with our five, as we were loading the groceries in our van blessing #1 says to me, "It's weird I keep looking around cause it feels like we are missing someone, I guess I already think I have another sibling..." then of course he adds "another brother".
I love how the Lord truly does set the lonely in familiesDuring both - our 1st adoption from Ethiopia and this current one from China  - the Lord has united each one of our hearts to His plans for our family. Sometimes it has even been things one of our children may have said in conversation without even knowing that the Lord was working on my or hubbys heart toward adoption, that planted another seed for us.  It warms my heart to hear my childrens excitement, plans, dreams, and mostly the love and compassion they already have for their new sibling...that we don't even know yet.
It is not always easy...sometime it is quite H.A.R.D. but rewarding.
We all have grown in ways we never could have if we didn't step out in faith. Hubby and I have been stretched in ways we never imagined, we are learning even more how to show mercy and grace, to love even more unselfishly and unconditionally, we have learned new ways to parent, and to not worry what people think of us when we do what we believe is best for our child.
Our four older children have learned to have compassion, tenderness, grace - and to love when maybe they have not wanted to. The five of them bring us so much joy to watch them interact and the way they love each other...excited to add another to our family.

Sunday, November 11, 2012

November - National Adoption Awareness Month

November is National Adoption Awareness Month as our family joyfully reflects on the blessings we have been given through adoption - we are also thinking about the grief and loss that goes with adoption.  While I am so grateful for our lil guys mother who loved him and didn't choose to have an abortion, I never want to dismiss the grief and loss she must feel to not have her son.  Or for the losses that our son-or any adopted child has experienced and questions they have. 
"In love he predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ..." (Ephesians 1:4-6); we are so thankful that we have a God that has adopted us - who knows and sees all the feelings that surround adoption - who heals hearts - who loves us.

 To appoint unto them that mourn in Zion,

to give unto them beauty for ashes,

the oil of joy for mourning,

the garment of praise for the spirit of heaviness;

that they might be called trees of righteousness,

the planting of the Lord,

that he might be glorified.

Isaiah 61:3

Sunday, November 4, 2012

Orphan Sunday

 "Only one thing is worse than being lost...Being lost & knowing nobody is looking for you."
Amy at Lifesong for Orphans
Today is Orphan Sunday churches around the country help to plead the cause and raise awareness of the global orphan crisis.  There are millions of children considered to be orphans worldwide- one estimate being 147,000,000.  During our 1st adoption we met several families that decided to adopt because of something they heard at their churches on Orphan those children are no longer orphans but sons and daughters.

We realize that not everyone is called to adopt - however the Bible is clear that we are to care for them...what that looks like is different for each Christian but here are some practical ways we all can help orphans. 
1. PRAY FOR THEM- Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and he who seeks finds, and to him who knocks it will be opened. -Matthew 7:7-8
2. SPEAK UP FOR THEM-Open your mouth for the mute, for the rights of all the unfortunate. Open your mouth, judge righteously, and defend the rights of the afflicted and needy. -Proverbs 31:8-9
3. PROVIDE FOR THEIR NEEDS-If a brother or sister is without clothing and in need of daily food…and yet you do not give them what is necessary for their body, what use is that? -James 2:15-16
4. SUPPORT THOSE WHO SUPPORT THEM-and let us consider how to stimulate one another to love and good deeds... -Hebrews 10:24
5. PROTECT THEM FROM HARM-The Lord protects the strangers; He supports the fatherless and the widow, but He thwarts the way of the wicked. –Psalm 146:9
6. VISIT WHERE THEY ARE-Pure and undefiled religion in the sight of God is this: to visit orphans and widows in their distress, and to keep oneself unstained by the world. -James 1:27
7. GIVE SACRIFICIALLY TO THEM-Each one must do just as he has purposed in his heart, not grudgingly or under compulsion, for God loves a cheerful giver. -2 Corinthians 9:7
8. ENCOURAGE THEM TO PRESS ON- We urge you brethren, admonish the unruly, encourage the fainthearted, help the weak, be patient with everyone. 1 Thessalonians 5:14
9. ADOPT THEM INTO YOUR FAMILY-A father to the fatherless, a defender of widows, is God is His holy dwelling. God sets the lonely in families… -Psalm: 68:5-6a NIV
10. MOBILIZE YOUR CHURCH FOR THEM-Go therefore and make disciples of all nations, baptizing them in the name of the Father, Son, and Holy Spirit, teaching them to observe all that I commanded you. -Matthew 28:18-20