When I was ten years old, I was sitting in a pew with my family when a missionary came to speak. As most missionaries do, they had slides of where they were living. Of course they had slides back then now they have Power Point presentations and such, but I digress. I had lived a pretty sheltered life until then and so I hadn't really seen how people lived on the other side of the world. I saw the faces of these lonely, hungry, barely clothed children and I wanted to cry and then I got angry.
My thoughts turned to injustice - how can we sit here in this warm building with so many things when these children have almost nothing and no family to love them. After that night I new that I would adopt. I honestly thought about it a lot growing up. I dreamed about it. I still do.
I feel like God has been so gracious to us. He has given me an incredible life - beyond what I thought I could have or be. My children are so blessed with parents that love each other and them. We are so blessed. I know this is a bold statement but I know somehow, at some point I will adopt.
Things in our life don't make that dream seem possible right now. There are many things to consider yet I am very confident God will allow this to happen in our lives. I am drawn to it. Right now I am being as patient as I can. I am praying about it daily. All of my friends know it is in my heart. I know it will be a very tough journey. I know it could be expensive. I know we have a 1400 square foot house with 6 people already living here. I know we have two vehicles - one with close to 200,000 miles on it and the other with well over 100,000. I know I stay at home and we have kids to feed and clothe.
And yet I know that God will provide. Why wouldn't He? He has provided my every need up until this point. I feel very strongly that Christian families should seriously consider adoption. Is it a mandate? No. Is it a salvation issue - of course not. They are the least among us. They are many times helpless. We have to look beyond the, "But I can't afford it", "My family is full already." "We don't have room in our house for one more child.".
We have to step out on faith and God will make a way. Let me tell you folks, I am so excited to see it happen. I can't wait!
Until our story is written - here are some of my favorite ones to read:
Cute Girls Hairstyles - Her Adoption Story
Owl Haven's Adoption Adventure - so good!
See Jamie Blog
P.S. Some friends recommended a book to me and I can't wait to read it. You might want to check it out too - Adopted for Life