First, I again want to thank EVERYONE who shared, donated, offered words of support and love, and prayed during our give a way. We still have funds to raise and your continued prayers for this are much appreciated and never taken for granted. Will announce winner soon!
Baby steps are what my family and I are taking in this journey. We may look like we are just jumping before anything, but what we are doing is actually taking baby steps in GOD’S plan for us and the children he has impressed upon our hearts to be in our family.
You see only HE knows the bigger picture and how this will all turn out.
What he asks of us is to TRUST and to FOLLOW, and to KEEP our eyes on him.
Now I have a confession.
For a long time my eyes, and my heart have focused on the negative we have been receiving and the hurt in my heart that not everyone understands what and why we are doing what we are doing.
No longer will I be doing that. I dug deep into God’s word this weekend and what I have learned is that I am being concerned with Worldly ways and Worldly views, and God’s ways are always best even when it seems crazy or unlikely.
All I have to do is TRUST him and God Does the Rest!
I can’t change hearts, only GOD can.
What I can do is share how he has changed ours and continues to shape them for what he intends.
The Holy Spirit leads and if we allow it God will do great things within us and for others.
Over and over again I have watched adoptive families Give everything they have.
I have watched them pour everything into the children they have, and the adoptive journeys they are on.
I have watched them pray for, give of themselves and their resources, and share with other families when they have need of their own. I have watched them hurt and pray when others having difficult times on their adoption journeys and when they are home with their children. I have watched them rejoice with every little victory and when families are united with their little ones. All the while they are on their own journeys. They understand and they get it and that is why the adoption community grows and we all lean on each other. It is a beautiful thing God has done by connecting us all.
I have also watched God stretch and grow hearts of people that are not called to adopt, but are called to stand with others who are. They too, pray and share in our joy and heartaches.
Every single one of you touches my heart deeply and you are in my prayers. We couldn’t get through every trial, struggle, and moment on this journey without your support and love.
If there is one thing I have heard and read over and over by families adopting, it is they would love to sit down with all family and friends of families adopting and tell them to support them. Show them love and care even when you don’t understand.
They need it; we need it.
But, even when we don’t receive this we have GOD and truly he is all we need. He never leaves us and he has our back at all times.
...Because truly our baby steps are just part of HIS bigger picture.
So be strong and courageous! Do not be afraid and do not panic before them. For the Lord your God will personally go ahead of you. He will neither fail you nor abandon you.
~ Deuteronomy 31:6