Thoughts on Adoption

I was talking with a woman about her and her husbands decision to consider adopting their foster son. She said something that particularly stuck with me, she said she, “struggles to see herself as his mommy.”

I don’t know anyone else in my daily life that has placed a child for adoption. However, I know many that have either adopted children or are considering adoption so I quietly listen and watch from another perspective. Most are not aware of my experience and when given the right time I do share but its not exactly the story you just throw out there. It tends to be a bit heavier than talking about parenting.

As thoughts stirred, the “heart of adoption” kept coming to mind. Adoption is referenced several times in the Bible . Here is what I found using a study tool I frequent. God is the original author of adoption. He purposely predetermined, through broken man (Adam and Eve), that He would send His Son Jesus to restore us through adoption. We are heirs to the Creator of all creation, given full rights to his kingdom.

The theme of adoption wasn’t just a New Testament thought, its carried throughout the whole Bible. I hope I am not coming off as some theologian rather just sharing through my experience the expanse of God’s ways and yet the very practical nature of adoption. The extent and complexity of adoption is far beyond comprehension yet a simple sacrificial act of love.

I think of that woman often as I haven’t seen her in a while. Meanwhile I continue to be surrounded by families who have adopted. It reminds me that my choice to provide my daughter an intact loving family through adoption was a simple act of love. Though the pregnancy was a consequence of pre-marital sex, God, who makes all things beautiful, redeemed a hard situation. And not only that but adoption is straight from the heart of God and ultimately what he intends for all mankind – new birth into a new life through saving knowledge of Jesus Christ.

As believers in Jesus Christ, we are all called to be a part of God’s heart towards man kind.

I give all praise to my Father God who adopted me into his kingdom, mends all the broken pieces from poor choices and gives me new life.

Reflections from Faithwalkers Conference

So many books, conferences, lectures, “Bible studies” and ministries in an attempt to disciple yet little to no real discipleship.
I was struck by the reminder at a conference this weekend that “The Greatest Commandment” came before “The Great Commission”. I am particularly challenged by this because the struggle to do both is present all the time, and considering what was lost in the Garden we are in trouble. As acceptance, significance and security seekers we are doomed from the get go.
We will always struggle with the effects of the curse. Every decision and action will be to get one of these back – acceptance, significance and security.
And we know as image-bearers of the Creator God, only in Him, will we find who He says we are – our identity. We also know that we were made to worship and who we worship will ultimately determine who we seek to get acceptance, significance and security from.
In a leadership seminar, many points challenged me but one thing challenged me the greatest: that often places of leadership start because of a need; a place of discontent. The book of Nehemiah was used as an example of this and is a great example of a need that led to co-laboring with God.
QuoteNehemiah was confronted and broken by a need.
Nehemiah took purposeful steps towards the call to leadership but each step was wrought through imploring the Father.
Nehemiah was faced with much opposition.
Yet the work was completed in 52 days. The impact of his work resulted in repentance of people who continued to doubt Gods love (chapter 9).
The story didn’t end here; just like our new beginning through repentance, we aren’t all fixed up and ready to go. We are being sanctified, there is much work still to be done, the people within the walls being built (one need) needed to be restored to their Father through healing and discipleship (another need).
Taken and paraphrased from a sermon entitled, Follow Jesus – Love His Disciples by Thomas Lemus, Real love (The Greatest Commandment) or sincere love looks like this however not exhaustive: we feel safe and comfortable, we can be honest and still feel loved, we are not afraid to touch, we can hope and believe even if were not sure we trust and it doesn’t just ask how you are doing without really wanting to listen and share in the burden.  We are told to put on love (Col 3:14)!
Jesus didn’t disciple all. He was moved by compassion and burdened for certain ones for reasons we really don’t know. May we be a people like Jesus, that are moved by compassion to come along side certain ones for certain reasons that we really don’t know!