Adoption – Hard (Maybe), But Not Joyless

Our sermon on Sunday (and my subsequent post about it) made me think about adoption, and I’d like to encourage any of you who might be thinking about it to take the first step.  It’s a great way to “tend to things temporary with a mind on things eternal.”

For those of you who didn’t know, we adopted two of our seven children.  (And I bet you can’t tell which two from the picture…it’s the girl holding the boy–and the boy.)

Here’s a link to an article about adoption; I got it from a friend’s blog, Abilgail’s Leftovers.  Here’s an excerpt…

If you want your “dream baby,” do not adopt or foster a child: buy a cat and make-believe. Adopting an orphan isn’t ordering a consumer item or buying a pet. Such a mindset hurts the child, and countless other children and families. Adoption is about taking on risk as cross-bearing love…

Children are alive. Children are persons, with individuality that can’t ultimately be suppressed. Children, of all sorts, are, by definition, unpredictable. Children shatter your life-plan. Adoption certainly does.

It’s worth it…

If what you like is the idea of a baby who fulfills your needs and meets your expectations, just buy a cat. Decorate the nursery, if you’d like. Dress it up in pink or blue, and take pictures. And be sure to have it declawed.

BUT…if you want a challenge that also helps another soul in need, spreads the gospel, shows the love of Jesus, makes you trust God more, teaches you about yourself, AND GIVES YOU JOY, then adopt!  God will not give you more than you can handle.

“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.”
2 Corinthians 12:9


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4 responses to this post.

  1. Hi! I found your blog through, “The Responsible Puppet.” Browsing through your posts, this one caught my eye. We have 3 birth children, and, adopted two children, 9 years ago. They were 6 and 8, at that time. The oldest, a boy, has had severe behavioral issues, due to much abuse, in his past. It has been so very difficult, but God has been faithful. How old were your children when you adopted, if you don’t mind my asking?

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    • Thanks for commenting! We adopted our now almost 11 year old daughter from Russian when she was 3 1/2, and we adopted our now 3 1/2 year old son when he was born. The first has been much more challenging, as she has Fetal Alcohol Effects. Her behavior, however, isn’t quite as challenging as her learning disabilities. Are you getting any support or help?

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  2. Posted by Titus24Mom on September 14, 2012 at 10:33 am

    Thanks for your reply. I have a friend with an adopted son, who has full blown FAS. Anyway, due to the nature of my adopted son’s behavior, there hasn’t been much help, or support. Even friends have been afraid of him, so it has been a little lonely, at times. Even help, through government channels, was zero. It, certainly, is not all bad. My birth children, now 17, 18, and 21, have such big hearts for people, because they have seen the need for sharing the love of Jesus Christ. My 2 birth boys have very high purity standards because, at least in part, they have seen the devastation of that kind of sin. I am continually grateful for the sovereignty of God, and His purpose in all things. He is good, all the time. I am enjoying your blog. 🙂

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