As followers of Christ, our goal should be to do the will of our Father! Jesus set a tremendous example for us of living a laid down life. He has asked us, through the grace of Holy Spirit, to do the same. Through His unchanging Word, He provides instruction and insight. Leading us in His good, pleasing, and perfect will. And one of the things dearest to the Father’s heart is adoption.
We began our adoption adventure when our kids were 3, 20 months, and 6 months. We had committed to opening our hearts and home to a child who needed a family, and after a lot of prayer, we knew the time had come. It was a very long 18 months before our son came home, but that period was the beginning of us learning how to help young children prepare for gaining a sibling through adoption.
When we adopted again, last year, we had five children, aged six and under. The dynamic shifted slightly, as we knew that seeing the adoption process could be challenging for our son. Our understanding of helping our children in this process grew.
November is National Adoption Month. It's a time where, as a nation, we focus on the orphan crisis and the role each of us can play in caring for orphans. This month is especially dear to our family, as we celebrate our sons, and advocate for other children.
Some days are hard. Perhaps not tragic or life-altering, but just hard. And that's okay. As children of God, we are called to think on the pure and lovely - but that doesn't mean we ignore the challenges before us.
Every once in a great while, I find a book that speaks of Jesus' glorious truths. Like a balm to the soul, and a breath of fresh air. I'm a do-er, a striver, a let's-get-it-done kinda girl --- and more often than I'd care to admit, I need reminders of His grace freely given. This week, in the pages of Stolen Jesus, I found just that.
In a society where quick fixes and instant gratification are the norm, we must remember God designed most things to be a process. Jesus often used the analogy of farming to share His message. Nothing speaks to process like a farming analogy.
The days are long, but the years are short. Cherish every moment - they'll grow up before you know it. Make memories and messes and meaningful connections.
It's all true. Every bit of it. But when we're desperately trying to be Jesus to our little blessings, those words hold such weight. Such responsibility. Such pressure. Over time, that pressure can make these truths a burden we were never meant to carry.
Time is a gift that cannot be purchased or returned. It is one of our most limited resources, and therefore, our use of it must be intentional. We are each allotted 24 hours a day. What we do with that time can get us closer to fulfilling God's purpose and seeing His will done. Or, it can be spent spinning out of control, feeling frustrated, unproductive, and exhausted.
When I embrace our family and home as the mission field God has given me, I bring glory to God and am strengthened by His joy! He, by the power of His Holy Spirit, equips me to meet the needs of my family in a way only I can. Keeping this perspective allows me to find life in the fulfillment of my dream to be a wife and mom, even in seasons that are especially challenging.
Today, I have the honor of guest posting over at Jean Claire Monroe's site! To read the rest of this post, head on over to her site by clicking the button below!
Sometimes, life is so full of obvious goodness and circumstantial happiness that we forget joy is a choice. It's easier to chose joy when days are full of more pleasant moments than difficult ones.
But other times, the hard things are so present, we can easily mistake blessings for burdens.
Here you will find the musings of a homeschooling, work from home, adoptive Momma of 6! Adventures in faith, family, adoption, and training up a tribe of little people to follow hard after Jesus are spilled into these posts --- most often written with a cup of coffee in hand. I hope you'll stick around a while and find something - more likely SOMEONE! - that brings you hope!
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