Monday, August 29, 2011

Slow but Steady…

At times, in adoption, we are reminded of the moral of Aesop's fable: The Tortoise and the Hare. When we see the faces of all of the children who are waiting, we want to hurry up and find families for the Lord’s precious children. We want to “win the race” against time and successfully find homes for His precious children before we have to send their files back to the shared list.

BUT…the Lord assures us each and every day that HE is in control. He reminds us to slow down and wait patiently during those times that it feels as if we are racing against time. He encourages us through scripture to have HOPE in Him and TRUST that He has a mighty plan. The Lord reminds us to endure and have patience as He guides us along the path to the perfect family for His children.

4 For everything that was written in the past was written to teach us, so that through the endurance taught in the Scriptures and the encouragement they provide we might have hope. Romans 15:4

Lisa Kelly seeing her daughter Ella for the very first time.
Truly a gift from the Lord worth waiting for - trust in Him!

Families come to us with this same excitement about adoption. They look to us for guidance, and through prayer and Hope in our Lord, we encourage our families to trust, to have peace, to let the Lord show us His plan.

13 May the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace as you trust in him, so that you may overflow with hope by the power of the Holy Spirit. Romans 15:13

We all want to be in control. We want to know the where, when, why, what, and who. The interesting part is that the question remaining in the back of many of our minds is “how?” How will I afford adoption? How will this little one affect my current family in my home? How come it takes so long? How will my child be as he/she grows up with these special needs? How…how…how…the answer – through prayer and through our Lord!

If the Lord has truly placed adoption on your heart, you can be encouraged and assured that He will help you endure whatever comes your way. He is always faithful! When we say the Lord is faithful, we mean that we can trust him, rely on him, and depend on him totally and without reservation. He will do what he says. He is constant and does not change!

8 “I am the Alpha and the Omega,” says the Lord God, “who is, and who was, and who is to come, the Almighty.” Revelation 1:8

With that being said, the Lord does not sit back and say…do nothing. Just like in any “race” – preparation is the key! Lifeline has amazing educational opportunities to help prepare our families for adoption. We are excited that the “prize” at the end of this race against time is a child who will have a loving family to call their own and most importantly know and love our Lord and savior Jesus Christ. For it is only through Him, with Him, and in Him that any race is won!

14 I press on toward the goal to win the prize for which God has called me heavenward in Christ Jesus. Philippians 3:14

Please contact us if you are seeking answers to the “how” of adoption. We are here to encourage and prepare you from start to finish – that you can count on! Our prayers are with you always!

Lisa Kelly
International Adoption Specialist

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