Dipping our Toes in the Jordan

We were so excited to finally announce last week that we are adopting! But as we begin this journey, we want to be honest about the hard part—the fear of the unknowns. How long will we have to wait? What will our relationship with the birth mother be like? Will we have a failed match? And one of the biggest questions looming our heads—how will we pay for this?

I’m not going to sugar coat it. This is an expensive process; less expensive than some adoption processes and more expensive than others. But as we prayed about whether this was God’s will for us to start the process, finances were our biggest obstacle. When we find out a mother has chosen us to love her child, will we have enough money to finalize the placement?

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We’re Adopting!

It seems surreal to type those words: we’re adopting! It’s a desire that my husband, Joseph, and I have had for so long, and we know that this is just the beginning of a long journey. Even as I type this post, I am completely humbled and amazed at the working of God to bring us to this place, and it is His past faithfulness that sustains us as we patiently wait for the moment we get to hold our baby in our arms.

But I know that many of you reading our announcement have lots of questions. Why are you adopting? What does the process look like? How can we help? And so many more. To give you a few of the pertinent details: we are adopting domestically (within the United States) through Lifeline Children’s Services based here in Birmingham, Alabama. We are in the middle of the home study process, and we are told we will have to wait 2-4 years before we will be matched with a mother who wants to make an adoption plan. The adoption will cost around $32,000, and we are fundraising and hoping to apply for adoption grants as well.

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Spiritual Growth

When God Is Our Father

I remember the exact place I was sitting when I heard a quote that transformed my understanding of God.

If you want to judge how well a person understands Christianity, find out how much he makes of the thought of being God’s child, and having God as his Father.

J. I. Packer

It was in a sermon by David Platt on the Fatherhood of God that I first began to see God as my Father, and not just my Lord. I always knew that God was my Savior, the King over my life, and I would have said He was my Father. But I don’t think that truth was reflected in my relationship with God. I resonated with John Wesley in his statement:

I had even then the faith of a servant, though not that of a son.

John Wesley
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