Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Weekly Wednesday Word - Adoption


From Orphan

To  his forever family (our first family photo)

"I was in China for a decade. . . . I am with you forever."
Anthony Meledeo, March 8, 2013
He physically joined our family on January 14, 2013

These words spoken, by my newly adopted 8 year old son into iTranslate on my iPhone, pretty much left me speechless. My husband will attest to the fact that that is difficult to achieve. :) My heart skipped a beat and tears welled up in my eyes as I mutely acknowledged his precious precious words. The fact that he understands what it means to be adopted is a gift from God. 

He knows he is part of our family forever. 

He knows we chose him, regardless of any imperfections. 

He knows we love him unconditionally.

As a part of our family forever, he will now receive part in any blessing and inheritance that comes to our family. 

I know it has been said before, but what a perfect picture of our adoption by our heavenly Father. In the moment I heard these words from Anthony, the beauty of what Christ's sacrifice and blood did for us became so clear to me. God loved us so much that He sent His only Son to die on a cross for our sins. He chose us, despite our sin and imperfections, to become His children and co-heirs with Christ. 

I pray that one day very soon, Anthony will see that his adoption is picture of spiritual adoption, understand it and accept Jesus as his Savior, the one who shed His blood for us that we might live forever as children of God! 

I am so thankful that God can use my own children's adoption to remind me daily of his love for me and Christ's sacrifice. What a blessing!

"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." (Romans 8:14-17, NIV)

"Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ! In his great mercy he has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you, who through faith are shielded by God’s power until the coming of the salvation that is ready to be revealed in the last time." (I Peter 1:3-5, NIV) 

"What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? He who did not spare his own Son, but gave him up for us all—how will he not also, along with him, graciously give us all things? Who will bring any charge against those whom God has chosen? It is God who justifies. Who then is the one who condemns? No one. Christ Jesus who died—more than that, who was raised to life—is at the right hand of God and is also interceding for us. Who shall separate us from the love of Christ? Shall trouble or hardship or persecution or famine or nakedness or danger or sword? As it is written:
    'For your sake we face death all day long;
    we are considered as sheep to be slaughtered.'
No, in all these things we are more than conquerors through him who loved us. For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord." (Romans 8:31-39, NIV)


4 comments:

  1. So beautiful. He sounds like an amazing little boy, and wise beyond his years. Congratulations to your adorable family!

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  2. So, so, precious!

    And isn't God amazing how He uses other aspects of our lives to remind us of principles in relation to our relationship with Him?!

    Prayers as you guys continue forging this sweet bond and family that God's built!

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  3. I've been in Romans 8 this week too. Beautiful post!

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  4. That quote is absolutely breathtaking. Wow.

    A couple in our church has been following your journey closely on your blog. They are bringing home a boy I advocated for months ago! They aren't yet parents and are a bit anxious about bringing home a 7-year-old boy who doesn't speak English. :) They've sure been blessed by your blog. Thanks.

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