November is National Adoption Month.
As Christians, we are CALLED to take care of the widow and fatherless….
In my heart, I think of it as the motherless…
Maybe that’s because my life is surrounded by children that I Mother who are not mine through my womb.
My life has been wired for adoption since birth. I never knew my biological Father. I was born with a hole- a hole that God filled early on in my life with my amazing Daddy. It took me years to forgive the man who choose not to be a part of my life. It took years to understand that even then, like Jeremiah 1:5 says, God knew me and was not just forming my body, but that He had an interest in my whole life.
My Daddy loved me unconditionally. You can see more about my story about Forever Families. I also share in this post about my three children, and how I get to be their Momma and how adopting them has been such a blessing in my life.
I also see how God has placed other families in my life that have adopted. One of my favorite families that I grew up with has adopted SEVERAL children. One of my Pastors from when I was younger just adopted a little girl from China. One of my best friends of life is in the process of adopting (You can read about her heart for adoption here.) She will adopt three children if the Lord allows.
For reasons outside of our control, adoption will be how we will welcome any other children into our family. It is not always easy, as I have shared. Sometimes, it hurts.
I found this quote the other day, and just had to share it.
The statement leaves my heart breathless. It captures how I feel so completely- about my three children I already have, and the ones that I will have. For years before I was married, I prayed for my children. I had friends who prayed for them. I even have a card from my bestest friend, who on February 13th, 2008, prayed for my children. That day, my youngest, Elizabeth, who probably resembles me the most, was born.
My heart yearns for the children that are yet to be mine. I love them already. I know that is hard to believe. I hear that when you know you are carrying a sweet little one, your heart attaches and you are love them already. I can relate. I don’t understand what their body is feeling…. but I understand what is happening in their hearts. You begin to love. Pray. Prepare for and yearn to meet. To see what those little fingers and toes will look like. To hear their voice- in laughter and tears. I understand that longing.
As it is national adoption month, I want to ask you, what is God asking you to do for the orphans of this world. So many children are born into this world and will not have a home. They won’t be cared for. Their basic needs will not be met. In some areas of the world, they will go hungry or have contaminated water. They will die. Is God asking you to do something this month in the realm of adoption. It will be eternal, no matter what you do.