This seems to be a pattern with me, updating the blog once every two years. I guess maybe it takes something pretty huge to get me back on here and actually keep up with it- like maybe an adoption? We are excited to say that we have officially started the process to adopt a little girl from Madagascar. Yay!! This is something that we have been prayerfully considering for a long time. If I'm being totally honest, I used to think adoption wasn't for me- "why would I adopt when I could just have my own? how could I love another child as much as I love my own children? we could never afford it!" But, thankfully God has been working on my heart, teaching me lessons that I wish I would have learned earlier in my life. In the midst of my questions, God cried out these truths to me, "I decided in advance to adopt you into My own family by bringing you to Me through Jesus Christ. I will love you no matter what. I will provide all of your needs from my glorious riches." He wants me to be the hands and feet of Jesus. He wants me to love others as Jesus did. He actually commands us to care for orphans. His love for the fatherless is written throughout Scripture. The Bible says that whatever we do for the least of these, we do for Jesus. Adoption is a picture of what Jesus did for us, for me. I was that orphan, without hope. But then Jesus came and gave me hope by dying on the cross. He offers unconditional love towards undeserving me. My lightbulb moment about adoption was, "This has nothing to do with me. It has everything to do with Him."
We can each do something to care for orphans, whether it be adopting, fostering, donating or visiting orphans and supporting families who have taken them in. In our case, we feel that God has placed adoption on our hearts for a purpose. We want to offer the hope of family and unconditional love to one of the least of these.
We covet your prayers and humbly invite you to engage with us as we move forward with this call that God has placed on our hearts. Who knows where this journey will lead. Only God knows and only He is the author of this story. We are simply stepping out in faith and moving forward. And so begins our journey, to a far away island nation, where a little girl just might be waiting, hoping that little 'ole her, might be adopted by underserving us.
"For whoever welcomes one such child in My name, welcomes Me." Matthew 18:5