Friday, November 4, 2011

National Adoption Month and Orphan Sunday, Nov. 6

This coming Sunday is Orphan Sunday and November also happens to be National Adoption Month.  UNICEF reports that there are 145 Million Orphans worldwide.  This month, and particularly this coming Sunday, provides us with an opportunity to take the time to stop and pray for all those Orphans across the world. 

I'm sure you can imagine that this is a topic very near and dear to our hearts.  As believers, God has called us all to care for and pray for Orphans and some of us to adopt them.  Adoption was God's plan for our life and it has been a blessing beyond our wildest imagination.  God took us on quite a journey to come to the place where our hearts were open to adoption, but as we sought God through the trials of infertility, our desires and dreams began to line up with God's and thus our adoption journey began.  As we traveled the crazy winding adoption road, God guided us and provided for us at every turn.  The first turn was our realization that he had a daughter for us on the special needs list of children in China, and then the second turn, receiving the referral for our darling daughter, Grace, but having to wait 9 months without any new pictures or information which was not easy.  Anyone who is interested in learning more about orphans and/or adoption, please don't hesitate to contact us!  We would love to talk with your about our journey!  

I love how our adoption of Grace is a constant reminder and picture of what God did for us by adopting us.  When we choose to believe in Him, He gives us a new life in Him, saving us from us our sin and eternal separation from Him.

Romans 8:14-17 "For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God.  The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship.  And by him we cry, 'Abba, Father.'  The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God's children.  Now if we are children, then we are heirs--heirs of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in his sufferings in order that we may also share in his glory."

James 1:27 "Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this:  to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."

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