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.

Prayer and education are often taken for granted in the US. CELEBRATE FREEDOM as you follow God toward the child He's leading you to adopt. For a short time, you can buy a one-of-a-kind, handmade Adoption Prayer Bracelet AND receive a FREE COPY of Called to Adoption: A Christian's Guide to Answering the Call.

Visit MyAdoptionPrayer.com for details, and to choose your favorite colors. Bracelets are discounted when you order more than one, for yourself or a prayer partner.

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.

Thursday, May 31, 2012

Adoption: The Gift of Life

I didn't give you the gift of life,
But in my heart I know.
The love I feel is deep and real,
As if it had been so.

For us to have each other
Is like a dream come true!
No, I didn't give you
The gift of life,
Life gave me the gift of you.
- Unknown

This lovely poem speaks for adoptive mommies everywhere in simple heartfelt emotion. As an adoptive mother, I know that God’s hand on that process was undeniable. He brought my children to me in unconventional ways, yet His will was done in my families’ life, as it will be done in yours. Joy and peace are freely given to us, not by our circumstances, but by God’s nature.

Psalm 72:12 reads “For He will deliver the needy when he cries for help, The afflicted also, and him who has no helper. He will have compassion on the poor and needy, and the lives of the needy He will save.”  God is referring not only to our physical needs, but our emotional and spiritual needs as well. Through faith we gain access to all the gifts that our heavenly Father wants to bestow on us.

In the blink of an eye, your life is about to change! A new baby will be joining your family and you will experience all the magic that entails. God does not want you to stop enjoying life and put everything on hold, until then. He wants you to embrace life and honor the gift of life that He has bestowed upon you!

We will have everlasting riches with our Father in heaven, someday. He doesn’t want us to rush that process either!  The journey is, in many ways, more important than the destination. I know you have heard that before, but it really is true. We learn so much by stepping out in faith and just embracing each and every day as the gift that it is.

Thursday, May 17, 2012

Read Reviews of the Christian Adoption Book, Called to Adoption

Many Christian families, seeing the need to step forward in faith and raise a child not of their bodies, are choosing to learn more about the miracle of families created through adoption.

My new book, Called to Adoption, is an excellent resource to help you learn more about the miracle of adoption. Hear what others have had to say about the book:

"Thank you for an inspiring and helpful book. I particularly appreciated the scripture references and spiritual insights, as they encourage me to look back and thank God for His leading in our adoption process. Called to Adoption will help anyone get started on the road to adoption."
~ Steve Oas, adoptive dad of two

"Called to Adoption is a must read for any Christian considering adoption to build their family. Mardie Caldwell and Heather Featherston have done an excellent job of outlining the major topics in adoption that must be prayerfully considered before beginning on a successful adoption journey. I only wish this book had been available to read at the beginning of our adoption journey!"
~ Tricia Davids, adoptive mother

"Called to Adoption is a must read for everyone considering adoption. It’s a clear, concise, easy to read step-by-step guide for everything from deciding to adopt, different ways to go about it, and how to handle situations after the adoption. Interspersed throughout the book are frequently asked questions and biblical references that will help Christians take comfort in the fact that God is in control of your adoption."
~ Elizabeth Lowe, adoptive parent

"Knowing the quality service and tender wisdom that both Mardie and Heather bring to their work, I believe strongly that this book will arm families with the information they need to be successful in adoption. Their dedication and passion for adoption is evident in everything they do, and that clearly translates in this book."
~ Francine D. Ward, Business & Intellectual Property Attorney

To order your copy, visit www.CalledtoAdoption.com today.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Next Week: Two Webinars on Christian Adoption!

In honor of Mother's Day, to celebrate the adoptive moms and birth mothers who have and WILL come together through adoption, Lifetime Adoption is giving you TWO opportunities to be encouraged and discover
what you'll need to make this Mother's Day a positive, hopeful step toward your baby.

We hope you'll join us LIVE for both webinar events.

May 8th: Clarissa's Choice for Open Adoption: a Birth Mother's Story
Tuesday evening you will hear from one birth mother who chose to provide for her daughter through open adoption. Every adoption begins with a birth mother's story. Discover open adoption through Clarissa's eyes.
SIGN UP HERE!
for Tuesday, May 8th at:
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May 10th: The Story Behind Lifetime Adoption:--Founder, Mardie Caldwell's Story
Thursday evening tune in to meet Mardie Caldwell, adoptive mom and founder of Lifetime Adoption. You'll be encouraged through her story of triumph after miscarriages, infertility, and failed adoption attempts, all leading her to meet a son through open adoption. Discover the heart of Lifetime Adoption and how Mardie's path to parenthood leads you to a dream come true.
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for Thursday, May 10th at:
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Once you register for each, you'll receive an email to attend ONLINE or BY PHONE. You can even attend using your iPhone or Droid!

Please join us next week!

Friday, April 27, 2012

Christian Adoptive Families Needed for These Babies

Lifetime Christian Adoption is currently seeking adoptive families for the following babies:

We’re currently in need of an African American married couple to adopt an African American baby boy due in August. His birthmother is open to placing with an African American couple who already have children. She states no drug or cigarette use during her pregnancy. After placement, she would like to receive updates on her child through letters and photos.

Another birthmother is expecting a baby in December; the baby will be of mixed Hispanic and East Indian ethnicity. The birthmother is interested in placing her baby with a married couple who are strong Christians. A couple who have some Hispanic heritage would be ideal. She is open to placing with a couple who already have children.

Finally, we’re seeking an adoptive family for a baby boy due in July who will be of mixed Caucasian, Middle Eastern, and Asian ethnicity. His birthmother would feel most comfortable placing her baby boy with an adoptive family who are multiracial. She is open to placing with an adoptive family who already have children. She states no drug, cigarette, or alcohol use during her pregnancy. She will need financial assistance with some pregnancy-related medical expenses.

At Lifetime Christian Adoption, families are presented to ALL birthmothers who are a match — so you would never be limited to being presented to only one birthmother at a time. Your FIRST STEP to being presented to birthmothers nationwide is to complete your FREE online application. The application is your FIRST STEP to being presented to birthmothers nationwide! Please feel free re-post these adoption opportunities anywhere you can.

Friday, April 20, 2012

Learn About Domestic, Infant Adoption Through This FREE Adoption Webinar

It's important for Christians who feel called to adopt a baby to conduct adoption research first. Do you need clarity, tips, or answers before you feel ready to take the next step in your adoption path? On Monday, April 23, 2012, Lifetime Adoption will be holding a free adoption webinar for you to learn what you need to take your dream to the next level. Throughout the country, parents thinking about adopting look forward to the resources and answers Lifetime provides to those attending our LIVE webinar conference calls.

Here are the top 3 reasons YOU should attend Lifetime’s next adoption webinar:

1) You are not alone in your journey! You will be part of an online community of families like YOU, thinking about adoption, or taking steps toward building their family through adoption.

2) You’ll learn something that will save you time, money, or emotion through the process of building your family. Become as informed as possible to avoid mistakes or set-backs.

3) You attend FREE! Lifetime makes it easy to learn more about adoption, and to discover if Lifetime is the right program for your family’s needs.

Join us LIVE this Monday for a free webinar on Christian adoption! For anyone thinking about building a family through adoption, Lifetime Christian Adoption’s Webinar will feature questions from families in all stages of exploring or pursuing adoption.

Monday evening you will be able to ask your questions and discover answers that will help you decide the next best step toward building your family. Please join us LIVE for your opportunity to participate in Lifetime’s most popular resource for families thinking about adopting.
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Meet with us Monday, April 23rd at:
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REGISTER NOW to reserve your place at Lifetime’s Q&A on Monday evening. When you register you’ll receive an email with the link or phone number you’ll need to join us live.

We’re looking forward to your questions!

Friday, April 13, 2012

Blessed by Adoption - Read One Adoptive Family's Story of Christian Adoption

My adoption center, Lifetime Adoption, facilitates hundreds of Christian adoptions each year. It's such a blessing when I receive letters from adoptive couples after their infant adoption. Here is a recent letter I received from Christian adoptive parents Todd and Ann Marie:

"We are overwhelmed with joy and gratitude as we hold and love on our new sweet baby boy, Noah.  As you know, our wait was a long one and included a difficult situation in which the birthmother decided to parent after three weeks.  But throughout it all, we felt so encouraged and supported by all of you.  Just when we would reach points of feeling like maybe this was not God’s plan for us, you would call us the very next day with a situation or news that always brought us hope.  The Lord used you to keep us going and not give up hope.  Now, every minute of the wait was worth it for this beautiful baby of ours!

Ann Marie was so blessed to be able to support our birthmother through her labor and delivery and witness the birth of our son.  We especially enjoyed our visit to see all of you at Lifetime!  How great to be able to meet in person the people who work so hard to make our dreams a reality – and to give you all hugs!  Thank you for your hospitality and for the many ways you helped us feel special, and not like “just another family.”

May the Lord continue to bless all that you do for birthmothers, adoptive families, and those precious children!

Love,
Todd & Ann Marie"

Learn how you can adopt a baby or child, like Todd and Ann Marie did, by visiting www.LifetimeChristianAdoption.com. Or, call Lifetime Christian Adoption at (530) 432-7373 and receive same-day answers to your questions about infant adoption. Lifetime works with many birthmothers seeking a Christian, Protestant adoptive family for their baby or child!

Friday, March 30, 2012

Learn About Adoption by Watching Adoption Videos

Have you felt a call from God to adopt a baby or child? Learn more about all aspects of adoption by watching short videos at www.AdoptionMinute.com.

New videos are added all the time, and video topics include birthmothers, home studies, adoption jewelry, Christian books on adoption, how to start your journey to adopting, and more.

Go to www.AdoptionMinute.com now to start watching & learning!

Friday, March 23, 2012

Are Adoptive Families 'True' Families?


What does the Bible have to say about adoption? Can an adoptive family ever be like a real family? Is this right in the eyes of God?

These may be some of the questions troubling you as you contemplate Christian adoption. Surprisingly, the Bible has a lot to say about adoption! Let's take a look at God's view of a family unit and His plan for orphans and abandoned children:

Adoption is legal (and Biblical)
Yes, we all know that there are several laws and regulations in most countries that make adoption legal.  But, did you know that adoption existed in Biblical times as a legal option? According to the Word of God, the adopted child enjoyed the privilege of becoming a legitimate heir to the father's estate and was treated as one among the family. The adopted child was treated as someone 'born into' the new family and as someone who has just started a new life!
There are many examples of adoption in the Bible: Esther's adoption by her cousin Mordecai, Moses' adoption by Pharaoh's daughter, and Joseph's acceptance of Jesus as his son. God even adopted the entire tribe of Levi as His own. The Bible indicates that there is no difference in the roles and responsibilities of parents and children, whether the child is biological or adopted. Adoptive families are 'real' families in the eyes of God and in the eyes of law.
The realities of adoption
Children brought into families through adoption are no different legally than a biological child.  However the relationship and similarities that develop are typically nothing short of miraculous.  In my own adoption, my son couldn’t look more different from me – he’s over 6 feet tall, very slender, and quite fair.  Yet the traits we have in common are astonishing – similar personalities, habits, laughs, and even just a spirit of kindness towards “the least of these”.  These traits are even some that I don’t share with many of my biological relatives!  When I look at him, I know deep in my soul that God intended us for each other. 

Spiritual significance of adoption
All believers are children of God and they are heirs through adoption (Rom. 8:15–17, 23; Gal. 4:4–7). This makes each of us a part of God's adoptive family. God uses adoption as a beautiful metaphor to describe His relationship with those who believe in Him and His resurrection. This gives us the privilege of calling Him "Abba", which is Aramaic for Daddy and is a Jewish expression of closeness of children with their fathers. In other words, a Christian's identity is this: I am adopted by God (Eph 1:5). As believers we enjoy the rights, privileges, inheritance of biological children. This is by the law of grace.
The same grace is now available to adoptive families. Every child is a blessing from God (Ps. 128:3) and Christian adoption enables you to build a home with God's Word as the foundation. Any family that is built on God's Word will stand the test of time and will be used to extend His Kingdom, whether biological or adoptive!

Friday, March 16, 2012

Christian Adoption Webinar Monday, March 19

Have you attended a Lifetime Adoption Webinar yet? Lifetime Adoption Center is a nationwide adoption center which assists hundreds of Christian adoptive couples adopt yearly. Their most widely attended webinars are the open Question and Answer Webinars where the featured guest is YOU! You'll benefit from the answers to your own questions, in addition to learning from the topics other future adoptive parents propose. Join in LIVE for your opportunity to participate in Lifetime's most popular resource for families thinking about adopting.

Join in Monday evening, March 19th at:
5pm Pacific Time
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7pm Central Time
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REGISTER NOW to attend Lifetime's Adoption Q&A webinar on Monday.

When you register, you'll receive an email with the link or number to join live.

You may attend by PHONE or ONLINE from a computer, or your Smart Phone. To attend using your iPhone or Droid download a free webinar app. (Please refer to your personal data plan to find out if charges may apply to attend from your cell phone using this app.)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Adoption Is a Step of Faith

Christian Adoption Online has assisted many Christian families pursue their dreams of adoption and we would love to help you adopt a baby as well!

Christian Adoption Online speaks to numerous women every day who are seeking to place their baby or child for adoption. These women are seeking to place their baby with Christian families like yours! 

Everyone has goals, whether they know it or not. They have goals to save for the future or to travel, buy a home, a new automobile, or to buy items they need and require to make our lives more enjoyable. And most of us want to start a family and as Christians, having children to share our faith with is the most important thing of all.

Adoption is a step of faith. As Christians face hurdles in life, they start to truly understand God’s love for them. Most people thinking about becoming adoptive parents face challenges in the coursework of the adoption system that can only be overcome through a powerful belief in their faith in God.

Get started on your journey to fulfilling your dreams of adopting a baby by reading about our adoption services. You may also request that information about our program be sent to you for free. The first step to building your family is to fill out our free application to adopt. It is available online, via a secure connection so your information is safe.

Christian couples interested in adopting can schedule a free, one-on-one adoption consultation. During this adoption consultation, couples can ask questions about how to adopt a baby domestically. We will also discuss what you are looking for in a Christian adoption. Please call our office at (530) 432-7373 to schedule your call, or you may Skype with us at the screen name “lifetimefamilysupport”.

Friday, February 24, 2012

Procrastination is NOT a Virtue!


Every duty which is bidden to wait returns with seven fresh duties at its back.
- Charles Kingsley

One of the first steps in the adoption process is completing the required paperwork necessary to move to the next step. Your adoption decision may have come from your heart, but there are several practical aspects to the adoption process. The adoption process is actually a series of steps and rules that have been laid down by the judicial system and government agencies to ensure that all the parties involved in the adoption process are protected. This includes your family as well.

Many prospective couples are put off by the amount of paperwork that confronts them right at the beginning of the adoption process. They go into a tizzy and wonder if they will ever get through the mountain of paperwork needed to proceed to the next step. In fact, they may even begin to wonder if it is worth all the trouble to become parents. But, look at it this way – even couples with biological children go through many ordeals before they hold their baby in their hands. There are the constant medical visits, stress of labor and delivery, and the financial expenses that come with it all. The point is, whether you are an adoptive or birth family, you have to go through certain uncomfortable and taxing situations before you get to enjoy your baby. Your mountain of paperwork is certainly passable!

Here are some of the reasons why couples put off completing the adoption paperwork:
  • They feel uncomfortable providing personal information about their finances and their medical history
  • They feel anxious or even indignant that they have to provide all this information in order to become a parent. They may even feel 'singled out', not realizing that millions of couples have gone through the same process successfully
  • They just have a tendency to procrastinate!

Of all the reasons, procrastination is probably the worst because it means you are simply avoiding it because you don't want to do it. The great baseball player of the 1920's Al Simmons couldn't achieve the biggest milestone in baseball history – the 3,000-hit plateau. Why? As he approached retirement, he realized he could've made the mark had he spent more time at the line up instead of avoiding it because he was too lazy to play! Every God-given day offers us many chances and opportunities to make a difference in our lives and in the lives of those around us. As far as adoption is concerned, what you do in a single day can determine your entire adoption journey.

Many couples find adoption paperwork to seem daunting. But when they are done with it, they wonder what the fuss was all about! The paperwork and home study process may seem drag on but keep in mind that it will bring you one step closer to that blessed moment when you bring your baby home and become 'mom and dad'.

Friday, February 3, 2012

Pray America Live

A wonderful resource for Christians adopting is the nationwide radio show, Pray America Live. You can listen to the live streaming online broadcast right now on the Christian Broadcast Satellite Network.

If you're on Facebook, you can also connect with Pray America Live there as well!

Friday, January 27, 2012

What Does God Think About Adoption?

 "God sets the solitary in families…"
-Ps 68:6 

For most couples, the road to parenthood is easy and joyful. But, there are many couples who battle with fertility issues and are unable to conceive naturally. Some couples spend thousands of dollars in IVF and other assisted reproduction treatments that have a low success rate. This opens up opportunities to consider adopting a child. Whether you are trying to conceive for the first time or trying to enlarge your family with one more baby, you must know that it is God's plan to make us fruitful and multiply. Sometimes, God chooses us to become parents to those who are biologically not our children, but still precious in the eyes of God.

Many believers wonder what the Bible has to say about adoption. Well, do you know that we are all adopted? The apostle Paul uses the concept of adoption to express the relationship of a believer with God. Adoption under the Roman law meant that the one who is adopted becomes a 'new creature'; someone who is born again into a new family, just as every believer who is baptized in Christ is born again into God's family as heirs and co-inheritors.

Do you feel a stirring in your spirit that God could be calling you to adoption? If yes, then I encourage you to spend time with Him in prayer to find out if it is in God's perfect will and purpose for you. The Bible says that God cares for orphans and I believe that one way of caring for them is placing them in God-fearing homes, where they will be loved, protected, and treasured, just as God cherishes each member of His family. If you feel God may be calling you to be a blessing to a child in need, I recommend the book 'Called to Adoption' by Mardie Caldwell, which is a wonderful resource for Christian couples considering adoption. It answers all the tough questions you may have and will help you make a Spirit-led decision on bringing a child into your family.