With our new family pictures and the addition of a puppy to our family, we decided to update our adoption profile! If you know anyone facing an unplanned pregnancy that is considering adoption, we would be honored if you shared … Continue reading
I don’t know about you guys, but I love reading birth stories. Even better? A beautiful adoption-birth story. I love this particular story, because it is so raw and real. It shares the pain and the beauty, the sorrow and … Continue reading
When I talk to others about our unique adoption, which was clearly penned by God, I often hear myself saying, “we’ll never have another birth mom like Natasha” and “our next adoption probably won’t go as smoothly,” or “the odds of us having an adoption as affordable as our first are very slim.” Oh me of little faith!
If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! ~ Matthew 7:11
Who am I to put God in a box? God is the one who gave us the gift of Abigail (our daughter) and Natasha (Abby’s birth mom). He gave us a perfect baby, a birth mom who is like a sister and more family members that share our faith (Natasha’s family). He gave us a situation that our entire family was comfortable with and excited about. Who am I to say He couldn’t or wouldn’t give us another amazing gift?
“Ask and it will be given to you; seek and you will find; knock and the door will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives; the one who seeks finds; and to the one who knocks, the door will be opened.
“Which of you, if your son asks for bread, will give him a stone? Or if he asks for a fish, will give him a snake? If you, then, though you are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will your Father in heaven give good gifts to those who ask him! So in everything, do to others what you would have them do to you, for this sums up the Law and the Prophets. ~ Matthew 7:7-11
One time, just days after uttering my “we won’t” sentiments to a friend, I received a call about a girl similar to Natasha, who was considering adoption. She ended up miscarrying, but that call hit me like a ton of bricks. It was as if God was speaking directly to me, saying, “I can give you good things, beyond your wildest dreams. I can bless you again! I am the God who created the heavens and the earth. I hold you in the palm of my hand. I want GOOD things for you. Don’t lose heart or lose faith. Don’t limit Me with your unbelief.”
When I have doubted, He has continued to show me that He is able! Just the other day, as I was seeking God, I read this devotional and was reminded again to trust and believe that He is writing our adoption story and it will be for our good:
And He marveled because of their unbelief. ~ Mark 6:6
This is the day of miracles. My power and love will combine and My glory will be shown. Awaken your heart, be expectant, not reluctant, before My promise. I can do exceedingly abundantly above all you ask or think. You need to stretch your faith, My child, instead of nursing puny, negative doubts and fears. Faith still moves mountains – faith and prayer. Faith borne on the wings of prayer. This is what you need to practice – faith-filled praying, expectant, eager and confident praying. My heart is gladdened when My children pray this way. Don’t be afraid of believing too much. Be afraid of limiting My work and cheating My glory by believing too little. I love to reward a chastened, believing heart, a faith that has been tried and not found wanting. Pray for such a faith and I will give it to you; and then it is yours to guard and use for My glory. Awaken, my child, awaken your heart! (Helms, Hal M., Echoes of Eternity (Paraclete Press, 1996) October 3, 213-214.)
Friend, please don’t be like me and operate in a state of self-protection, saying “we won’t” or “it won’t happen” in a poor attempt to guard your heart from hoping, wishing, and dreaming. Instead, ask, believing that our Father in Heaven gives good gifts to His children and believing that He is more than able. Walk in the knowledge that if you ask for something that isn’t good for you, He will say no, but if it is good for you and glorifies Him, He can, and very well may, say yes! Have faith, even if it is as small as a mustard seed. Then, watch Him amaze you!