Monday, August 27, 2012

Your future, His priority!

Isn't it amazing how often God uses His word to remind us we are precious to Him and already on His to-do list? Every moment He is working to tend to our needs, but also to our hearts' desires. If you're waiting to become a parent, or if you're waiting on God's next step in your adoption plans, it can become easy to feel as though your longing for a child isn't a priority to God. TAKE HEART! You and your future matter to God in ways unimaginable through our complicated human perspectives.

Be blessed today as God works ACTIVELY behind the scenes of your life, bringing you closer, each moment, to the next milestone in His good plans for you. Focus on His truths in Matthew 6; remind yourself of the proof in God's promises to provide for your every need and sincerest desires.

Monday, August 13, 2012

When the wait makes you wonder about your worth

"Of all the people on earth, the LORD your God has chosen YOU to be His own special treasure...
You will be blessed..."
~Deuteronomy 7:6, 14 NLT

While we wait, whether for an answer to prayer, a decision, or a response from another, we can become vulnerable to doubt, worry, and anxiety. During times of waiting, there is potential for growth, but also room for questions that could weaken the spirit or trouble a positive mindset.

For many families waiting to be chosen for an opportunity to adopt, the wait can lead even the most confident hearts to ask "Is there something about me that is keeping me from the adoption I'm praying for?"

When the wait leads you to wonder and question God's plan for you through adoption, seek His truths. You are "His own special TREASURE." As you wait, focus on the amazing things you have to offer as future adoptive parents. You will be blessed, but more importantly you'll BE a blessing for a child, for your future child's birth family.

When you're tempted to think "I won't be chosen," reflect on the fact you already are. Not only has God valued you as His own, but He is already in progress leading you and your child together. God already sees the birth parent who will choose you, and the child you'll be chosen to meet.

Along your adoption wait you'll have the chance to grow stronger through God's confidence and worth in you. 

Will you allow God to lift you up and prepare you to become the parents He already sees in you?

*We'd love to know what promises or truths in God's word lift you up when you doubt His plans for your good future. Please share and encourage each other!

If you feel led to build your family through adoption, and you're seeking the right professional to partner with you along a path to a successful adoption, contact us today: Call (530) 432-7373 or email.

Thursday, August 2, 2012

The need for Christians to adopt

"...Now I will keep My promise
and do what I planned." ~Isaiah 46:10


Through out the US Christians are increasing awareness about the need for "orphan care" ministries to serve struggling parents and children throughout the world. While many adoptive parents may have chosen to adopt after a desire to build a family biologically led them to adoption, other families may simply feel the "call" to grow their family through adoption. If you have felt God nudging you to adopt, take a step and explore the possibilities of how you could be blessed, and also become a blessing.

Whatever path you follow, if you're answering God's call to adopt, you'll be guided in the direction toward the child He has in mind for your family. If a desire to adopt is on your heart, the first step is to decide what kind of adoption you will pursue.

There is a need for parents to adopt in all avenues of adoption, from international adoption, to foster care, to adoption within the US. It's more common for Christians to understand the need for international adoption. Impoverished countries have orphanages full of children in need of loving homes and safety. Foster care is also an easily understood need, as children wait for security and parents to provide. However, a less understood need is the blessing Christian parents could be through an open adoption within the US.

There is a need for Christians to adopt within the US through open adoption. Through open adoption you will not only be blessed by the adoption of a baby or child you've been praying to meet, but you can be a blessing for a pregnant woman or birth family, struggling to provide for her child. Consider these points:
  • Even if a birth parent does not herself identify as a Christian, she often seeks adoptive parents who offer Christian values and a foundation in faith.
  • In the US a pregnant woman has options to consider. Open adoption allows her to give her baby a life she may be unable to provide at this time, and work toward a brighter future and stability for herself.
  • Open adoption allows answers to questions about a child's history and health background, which will enable you to provide for his or her physical and emotional needs growing up.
  • The potential for God's reach through open adoption is limitless. As you create a relationship with your child's birth mother, or birth family, through open adoption, you may find that your life as a Christian inspires new choices, and the beginning or renewal of their salvation in Christ.
Each path to adoption offers blessing and answer to prayer. If you're thinking about adoption, or if you want to know how you could help increase adoption awareness among your Christian community, ask questions, collect resources, and start exploring God's plan for your hand in adoption.
Would you like a packet to help you or your ministry explore adoption further? 
Contact Lifetime Adoption for free information for yourself, your church, or a loved one: Call (530)432-7373 or email adopt@lifetimeadoption.com. You may also download this special report about the need for Christian Adoption.

Tuesday, July 3, 2012

Celebrate your freedom to pray!

This week, let's remember how blessed we are to be able to PRAY openly for God's hand in each family's future. Give thanks for the FREEDOM to research adoption and to have choices as you build your family. Recognize that there are countries where people may long for a child but not have resources to get the information they need, or the ability to freely pursue their heart's desire.

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Tuesday, June 26, 2012

Two little letters spell big doubt


How often do you say “if” when it comes to your family's future? Comments such as “If this happens…” creep into everyday wording and can start to make it seem as IF those dreams won't come true, or as IF the prayers will go unanswered.

Does this sound familiar? Do you catch yourself saying things like “if I get to be a mom...” or “if God blesses me…”? Does it ever feel like a knot in your heart, a nagging doubt that your prayers are heard and good things are coming?

The subtle doubt we allow through our words will change our attitudes while we wait. God asks us to wait expectantly, as Philippians 1:20 begins "I eagerly expect and hope..." Use your language to reflect the faith you have in God's ability, willingness, and PLANS to give you your heart’s desire. Show your confidence that He is already moving you in the direction toward the child you long to adopt.

When you catch your if-statements, try purposely changing your "ifs" to "WHEN." Let your “ifs” become “when” as you move closer to your dream of parenthood. In most cases, a decision to adopt removes the question of IF you will grow your family, and becomes a matter of WHEN. Make this the season you say “WHEN I adopt…”

Take a step today to reflect confidence in God's lead for your future family. Give thanks for the blessings He's already prepared in answer to your prayers.