November is National Adoption Awareness month, a time set aside to celebrate the joy of adoption, and a time to raise awareness for the children that are waiting for a loving family.
The Lord put the calling to adopt on our hearts even before we were engaged or married. I can still distinctly remember our conversation; Colin and I were just dating at the time, but somehow the subject of family came up and we talked about Colin's heart condition and adopting a child. As I write this, I still get that 'what an amazing God we have' feeling. He put adoption on our hearts more than 11 years before we held Lilah in our arms. It truly amazes me. Adoption is an incredible journey, not without its share of ups and downs, fears and tears; but our faith and strength were renewed daily. The prayers and supplications of our family and friends carried us through many days, weeks, months and years. James 5:16 - The effectual fervent prayer of a righteous man availeth much. There is nothing that brings more joy than seeing your child grow and learn. Watching our beautiful daughter develop and transition from a scared and confused 18 month old baby to a confident 2 year old toddler in a matter of months wasn't always easy, but a real joy and an answer to prayer, many prayers. We have been truly blessed, more than we could ever try to put into words. She is simply put, a gift from God. Psalm 127:3 - Behold, children are a gift of the LORD I read an interesting piece recently on gotquestions.org about 'What does the Bible say about adoption?' and this little blurb stuck with me: "Both those who adopt and those who are adopted are receiving a tremendous blessing, a privilege exemplified by our adoption into God’s family". How true is that, every believer has been adopted into the family of God. Our prayer is that Lilah will choose Christ as her own and personal Saviour. Romans 8:15 - Ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father. We sometimes talk about a child being chosen, rather than adopted. One of the things that I realized recently is that Lilah didn't choose us and even though we really wanted a child, we didn't personally choose Lilah. It was our Heavenly Father chose us and her, and brought us together. Even before He formed us, He knew us, and praise God, He made us a family. We are absolutely delighted, His way is perfect. Jeremiah 1:5 - Before I formed you in the womb I knew you