Sometimes waiting to adopt feels like it is taking forever. The wait just keeps going, and it feels like the wait will never end. But maybe more appropriately, the wait is growing. I wait with anticipation, and the anticipation increases with every passing day. It’s like watching this succulent grow. There is no noticeable difference from day to day, but over the months this little plant gets bigger. Even so the anticipation of bringing home a baby is getting bigger, which makes waiting and being patient that much harder. But God is watching over us, and knows our innermost being. He knows our pain and our excitement as we wait. Such a joy to know we have a Father in heaven who is compassionate and loves us. #adoptiondevotional #waitingtoadopt #adoptionwait #adoptionjourney
What is adoption? As my husband and I prepare to adopt a child, I have been trying to learn more and dig deeper into what adoption is, what it means, and how it impacts us. It’s an amazing topic, but I just wanted to share with you a definition that I read last night from a booklet by Michael A. Milton, “Adoption is a singular, non repeatable, unilateral event based on love, choice, sacrifice, and law, which binds the parties forever by an authoritative decree.” I think this just about sums up the act of adoption.
Some of my favorite blessings in scriptures are specific blessings given to people. 🔹Numbers 6:24-26 The LORD bless you and keep you; The LORD make His face shine upon you, and be gracious to you; The LORD lift up His countenance upon you, and give you peace. 🔹I Thessalonians 5:23-24 Now may the God of peace Himself sanctify you completely; and may your whole spirit, soul, and body be preserved blameless at the coming of the Lord Jesus Christ. He who calls you is faithful, who also will do it. Jesus himself gives a blessing, but it is more generic and is talking about blessings that come to those with certain characteristics. 🔹Matthew 5:3-12 Blessed are the poor in spirit, for this is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are those who mourn, for they shall be comforted. Blessed are the meek, for they shall inherit the earth. Bless are those who hunger and thirst for righteousness, for they shall be filled. Blessed are the merciful, for they shall obtain mercy. Blessed are the pure in heart, for they shall see God. Blessed are the peacemakers, for they shall be called sons God. Blessed are those who are persecuted for righteousness’ sake, for theirs is the kingdom of heaven. Blessed are you when they revile and persecute you, and say all kinds of evil against you falsely for My sake. Rejoice and be exceedingly glad, for great is your reward in heaven, for so they persecuted the prophets who were before you. #adoptiondevotional #blessings #godsblessings #adoptionblessings #waitingtoadopt #adoptiveparents #adoptionjourney
Move>> My word of the year is #move , and I’ve decided to commit February to moving my body. Not only is this self care important for my health, it will help me in my daily life. I’ll be healthier, stronger, and more fit for taking care of my home and family. How are you pursuing your good health while waiting for a new life event? I’m following Yoga with Adriene’s TRUE 30 day series if you’d like to follow along with me. Yoga has challenged me so differently than cardio, and really helps me be calm and strong at the same time.
Blessings- God has blessed us so abundantly. I can’t begin to list all the ways he has protected, guided, and orchestrated our lives, including all the good gifts he has given us. Ephesians 3:20—Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly abundantly above all that we ask or think, according to the power that works in us, to Him be glory in the church by Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever. Amen.
Being content is one of the hardest things to do. At least, I know it is for me! I feel like I’ve been waiting my whole life for the next thing… waiting for a husband, a baby, or an adoption to name a few. We all look forward to what is to come, what might be, or what we wish would be. There certainly isn’t anything wrong with hoping for good things and good futures, but what about the right now?
Our church ladies and some friends are reading through a book about contentment. This contentment is primarily defined as a deep satisfaction with God’s will. We’ve only delved in as far as the first chapter, and I know this road on contentment isn’t going to be easy and it will never end, but I’m looking forward to having rest and peace in my heart. I like how the author compares it to a path, where we are not alone, and that we get pop quizzes where we either pass or fail but we continue down the path. We have to practice contentment so when those pop quizzes show up, we are ready for them.
Life is full of really difficult trials for some women who suffer with miscarriages, infertility, and infant loss. There are so many questions as to what’s wrong with me, why me, why is God doing this to me. But knowing that God is doing this for us, and not to us, is a correct perspective. Knowledge that contentment is going to help us get through our trial is almost a relief. “Understanding this helps us read what is happening to us as designed by our good Father who is growing us up in Christ. Difficulties are not for nothing. They grow us. And this growth is faster when we are stewarding the difficulties with contentment.” Being content isn’t going to happen overnight or after a simple prayer. It’s going to be work, and it’s going to such rewarding work because we will find rest there.
I grew up in Oregon on a grass seed farm. I love the smell of smoke, particularly field burning. My neighbors were my closest friends, and we would often play at our river, avoid skunk families, and climb tractor tires.
I am a “jack if all trades” type of person so I generally can do almost anything well, and nothing perfectly. My favorite college classes were flower arrangement, handbells, pottery, and transcription.
Coffee is one of my love languages, and wine, bread, and butter are all good too.
I married my husband when I was 32, and 5 years later he is still my favorite addition to my life. We have two boys in heaven, Christian and Titus.
We live in Alaska, and boy is it dark and cold in the winter! It’s a fairly fun state though with lots of available outdoor activities. I like snowshoeing and would like to do more of that this winter.
We are so excited to adopt There are so many things about adoption that people like to ask, but I don’t mind answering them. I feel encouraged when people ask about it, because it shows they care. Waiting is hard, and excitement wains sometimes, but being a family of 3 (or more) again is our hope.
Sometimes life doesn’t seem so pleasant. We become disappointed with our circumstances or discontent with what we do or don’t have.
The things I have and the situation I’m in does not change who I am in Christ.
Being content is so much of a happier place! It’s amazing how being good stewards of our belongings helps toward being grateful for the things we do have and in turn being content with what we have.
I am so grateful for our church’s ladies book group and the challenge to read Nancy Wilson’s book “Learning Contentment”. It’s fairly easy reading and is so refreshingly Biblically centered. I challenge you to read it also.
Today I’ve been cleaning up the office, organizing, and finding things I’ve lost. I’m looking forward to having a clean space to work from. Also, December is coming and I like to participate in the December Daily Scrapbooking. It’s so fun to look back on the Decembers past and the joy of the season.
I came across this quote this year, and I found myself not liking it because I didn’t like my circumstances at the time. But I’ve found, that God’s plan for my life is something I should be content with. “Be in love with your life. Every minute of it.”