We have a fun giveaway for you today, but first, please read the beginnings of Holly and her husband's adoption story.
You'll be glad you did.
We never really came to adoption, per se. The idea of adoption is innate to our faith, we are adopted into God's family. And if we are created in God's image, we, in our best moments, reflect Him most clearly. It seems natural that we ought to act like him and adopt. When we talked about having kids, adoption was a natural part of that progression.
This might be too bold, but I believe that it is a privilege that God grants to us as well as an expectation he has of us. He makes provision for the orphan in the Old Testament and He commands the Christian to care for the widow and orphan in the New Testament.
Eight years ago when we got married, the plan was to begin the process when we could afford it. When he was done with his training in medicine, when we had a car with four doors and a house with two extra bedrooms. As it turns out, we are nowhere near that ideal. He still has three years of residency, we have a tiny civic coupe, we live in a two bedroom flat in San Francisco, and our friend rents the second room!
Last summer some unbelievably generous and humble friends (who live in a tiny apartment with their 10 month old) invited us over for breakfast and gave us a check for $5000. They knew we wanted to adopt and they felt that God had given the husband a generous bonus at work to be a blessing to us. A few months later a friend of my brother in law was working as a nurse in Uganda and became the care taker to a tiny newborn baby. She was desperate to find this little girl a home and we began to consider what it would look like to take her into our home immediately. Fortunately, another family stepped forward to care for her as we didn't have the proper documents prepared. With each passing day we couldn't shake the idea that there were children in desperate need of a family right now, whether or not we felt ready, had a big enough car, or a fat enough bank account.
After a few more months of prayer and figuring out how we might tweak the budget, we decided to start the process. From a financial and career perspective, it doesn't really make sense. But since we've stepped out in faith, confident that He would provide, he has. Another friend sent us a check for $1000 to cover part of a plane ticket. A young couple with three little girls and a modest income starting sending money to help cover the costs right now...notary fees and fingerprinting receipts. And so we're stepping forward each day, doing our part, but also trusting that God is a provider. And this is never more true than when we give our lives to act like Him.
This process and experience allows us to know Him better... I love AW Tozer in this quote from The Pursuit of God:
"God is a Person, and in the deep of His mighty nature He thinks, wills, enjoys, feels, loves, desires and suffers as any other person may. In making Himself known to us He stays by the familiar pattern of personality. He communicates with us through the avenues of our minds, our wills and our emotions. The continuous and unembarrassed interchange of love and thought between God and the soul of the redeemed man is the throbbing heart of New Testament religion."
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