Thankful for Adoption


Even before he made the world, God loved us and chose us in Christ to be holy and without fault in his eyes. God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ.

This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

- Ephesians 1:4-5

To think we could have missed it!

If we had gone our own way. Chosen our own path. If we hadn’t been obedient to what we felt God was asking us, we could have missed it. Missed out on being hers.

We would have not known her joy or her giggle. There would have been no late night snuggles or hopping all over the house like little bunny rabbits. We would have missed her smile, her love pats and sweet hugs. We could of missed all of it.

And to have missed out on loving her - I don’t even want to think about it.

I wanted to be pregnant.

When my husband and I first started trying for a baby we knew it was possible we could struggle to conceive, but in my stubbornness I believed God’s best for us was for me to get pregnant. I hoped, I prayed, and I begged God to put a baby in my belly. I think I even threw in some not so pretty negotiating - God if you allow me to be pregnant then I promise... blah blah blah.

I couldn’t see past my own life long hope to God’s wonderful plan of answering it. I couldn’t trust in God’s provision because of the blinders I refused to take off of my eyes.

And month after month I was left heartbroken as I would stare at one line (not two) on a stupid little pee stick. I would then repeat the test because it had to be wrong!⠀

It wasn’t. It never was. ⠀

In my head I knew God had a plan for growing our family and I even believed His plans were far better than mine, but I was not choosing to live like I believed that truth.

Eventually God led my heart to a new desire for our family; adoption. Her name would be Norah and she would be our hope. Our answered prayer.

I tell people all the time I’m thankful I never got pregnant back then because I would have never gotten Norah and I could never imagine my life without our Norah Lee. Norah was meant to be ours and we were meant to be hers.

The suffering we endured, the pain that lingers on, it was all worth it. She was worth it!

And in this story we’ve had the honor to live I’ve realized that must be how God feels about us. To Him we were worth all the pain. We were worth the sacrifice and when He looks at us I assume sometimes He thinks I would have never wanted to have missed this.

Jesus made a way for us to be adopted into the family of God. For us to experience a relationship with our Heavenly Father. Jesus made a way for us to be fully known and to know our God, our King, our Savior. It’s what He wanted to do and he counted it as a great pleasure. He counted it all as worth it.

Adoption made a way for me to be a mother.

A Heavenly Adoption made a way for you to be free, for us to be loved, to be known and to live a life of purpose.

May we never forget the cost of our new birth certificate in Jesus. Let us always be thankful for our Gotcha Day with our forever Heavenly family.

Reflection

1. Have you accepted Jesus as Lord and Savior of your life? If so take some time to reflect on your gotcha day (when you made that decision). What do you remember? Who was there? What did you feel? Who did you tell?

2. If you haven’t yet accepted the love, grace and freedom God has for you through His son Jesus go check out the Emoji Gospel at laneofroses.com/startarelationshipwithgod to learn about the adoption story awaiting you.

3. Write a letter thanking God for being adopted into His family. Let Him know how much it means to you and how much it has changed your life. Bonus Challenge: Share your letter on social media and tag lane of roses!

Prayer

Lord thank You for wanting me so much You were willing to give up everything, when I truly deserved nothing. Thank You Lord for laying it all down so I could have all of You. Thank You for adoption into Your family. Knowing You Father, reminds me I am Your daughter. The daughter of the one true King! All praise to my Heavenly Dad who loves me, sees me and knows me!

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