My husband and I are in the process of adopting. We’ve finished our 10-week training and last week had our home study. We’re one step closer to getting our children!
I’ve learned many things during training.
- There are 107,000 children in foster care waiting to be adopted.
- If these children reach adulthood without having been adopted, they will undoubtedly face difficulties coping with life’s demands.
- Like all children–orphans want love and acceptance from a family–their forever family.
- Instead, they are bounced from foster home to foster home, many times for no fault of their own.
- If they are matched with a family, the fear still lingers–they might be “sent back.”
Truth is… They can’t be sent back. Adoption is final.
Dear one, God wants to adopt you.
Because of his love, God had already decided to make us his own children through Jesus Christ. That was what He wanted and what pleased him, and it brings praise to God because of His wonderful grace. God gave that grace to us freely, in Christ, the One He loves (Ephesians 1:5-6).
Isn’t this wonderful news? God decided before the foundations of the earth that He wanted us to be His.
- He chose us!
- He chose me!
- He chose you!
But there’s another thing I’ve learned in adoption class: Adoption is a mutual selection. That’s right. My husband and I can choose to adopt a child, but that child must also choose to be adopted by us. It’s the same with our Heavenly Father. He’s already chosen us; all we have to do is choose Him.
Have you chosen to be adopted by Him, my friend? Have you accepted His blessing of love through Jesus Christ and become His daughter? If you have, then celebrate! Your adoption is final!
- If you have not accepted His love…
- If you have not acknowledged at some specific moment in your life, “Yes, I choose to be adopted by you, God, through Jesus Christ’s love on the cross” …
- If you have not made the adoption choice a mutual one…
I invite you to do so.
Once you’re part of God’s family, you will never be alone. You will never be fatherless. You will never be without His love. You will not be sent back.
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 8:38-39).
Dear one, take this moment to make it mutual. Say a simple, heartfelt prayer to God:
God, I’ve been fatherless. I’ve sought love and acceptance in many ways that have grieved you–my Heavenly Father. But no more! Today, I choose to be adopted by you. I choose to be your son–your daughter. I choose to be part of your large family through Jesus Christ. Today, I choose You–my one and only Heavenly Father.
Thank you that I am no longer fatherless. Thank you that I am no longer alone. Thank you for blessing me with brothers and sisters to come alongside me every step of the way. Thank you that even after I die, I will live with you forever.
Thank you for Jesus!
Love, Your new son or daughter.
Congratulations! Your adoption is final!
I hope you will join your new brothers and sisters in a Bible-believing church.
By the way, welcome to the family!
By Daphne Tarango, DaphneWrites – Comfort for the Journey
Photo by Randen Pederson