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THE JOURNEY TO ADOPTION
I want to share with you where God has directed my wife Melanie and I, our daughters Lola (9) and Mayzee (1) and our boys Logan (8) and Riley (6). Over the past five years we have been journeying through Gods plan for us as to whether we should have any more children. Through prayer, long discussions and a lot of emotion, God directed us to end our ability to have biological children. Although with that leading came future grace and direction. The decision was made with our hearts being softened to the possibility of adoption and or foster care. Through the last five years God has been teaching us about His love and His adoption of us through Christ. He has expanded our love to see that life isn’t about how comfortable we can make life or fulfilling some big American dream, but rather committing every aspect of our life to Him. We have learned that there is cost to following Jesus and yet, He is the rewarded of those who diligently seek Him. We began to realize our pride and selfishness in many areas of our life. We found that it is so subtle, and self justified. We have found that the only escape is pleading with Him to reveal this sin in our hearts and teach how to be more like Christ through the truth of His word. God lead us to many passages of scripture and books on radical living for Jesus that have impacted our thinking. On September 12, 2014 God blessed us with our first adopted child (Mayzee Grace Agentis). She has been such a gift of Gods grace to us, we couldn’t be more thankful. The past year and half has been such a sweet time of learning the joys and trials of adoption. We’ve grown closer as a family and to Christ through this experience and looked forward to what He would do next.
FUTURE GRACE IN ADOPTION
There is great joy knowing that Gods has plans for your life but with it often come very natural fears and concerns. In the midst of those fears we must learn to trust Him more and remind ourselves that He is always good and knows what is best for our lives. Recently God has made it very clear to us that He is calling us to adoption again. Except this time is a beautiful 15 year old from Ethiopia. Natanila is young creative girl who is aging out of eligibility for adoption in the country of Ethiopia. She has gone through a lot of family trama and is longing for a home that can help her heal and pursue an education. God has impassioned us to be parents and has given us the desire for another child, but in those emotions God has taught us this is so much more that a good social program or the moral thing Christians should. Rather He has showed us that this is directly connected to the Gospel and the great commission to go into all the world and make disciples of Jesus. We see this as an opportunity to, yes love a child that is not our own and give it a warm home to live in, but it is so much more than that. We see this as an opportunity to raise up a child in a home that makes Jesus the center. We desire to be full of His love and grace and teach forgiveness and healthy relationships. We desire to be a home that upholds the bible as truth and uses it guidance for everyday living. We view the call and opportunity of adoption as a gift of His Grace. Fully knowing that it is that very Grace that will enable to have the strength to do it. God has encouraged us that whatever God calls us to He empowers us for. I am reminded of Paul in the midst of weakness and God answering Him in 2 Corinthians 12:9-10.
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. 10 For the sake of Christ, then, I am content with weaknesses, insults, hardships, persecutions, and calamities. For when I am weak, then I am strong.
Weakness and the challenges of life God calls you to is for our good and His glory. Weakness makes us lean harder on Christ and causes us to rely on His power at work in us, rather than us relying on our own strength, ability and wisdom. This certainly doesn’t mean adoption will be a cakewalk or have no responsibility it just means that God will be at the center of it, guiding us all the way through. For His Glory!