Focus on the Truth
1 Peter 5:8
Be sober, be vigilant; because your adversary the devil, as a roaring lion, walketh about, seeking whom he may devour:
The thief cometh not, but for to steal, and to kill, and to destroy: I am come that they might have life, and that they might have it more abundantly.
Wouldn’t it be lovely if all those sweet little ones awaiting a forever family and all those parents-in-waiting could find one another quickly? While 33% of the American population considers adoption, only 2% complete the process! This is heartbreaking. Why so few completions? Families have cited everything from fear to finances as the reasons why an adoption process never moved forward. Heartbroken couples...Heartbroken children...it seems so hopeless. So stop now, and pray hard!
This hopeless place is exactly where the enemy wants us to stay. He wants us to stay stuck at consideration…and fear. Families grieve a child they’ve never held. Orphans grieve the parents they have yet to find. Satan is laughing at us, as we try to consider our next step. There are obstacles - it’s true. It is a journey - this is true too! All this can cause Christians to consider an adoption process with apprehension instead of hope.
To care for the orphan isn’t optional. It’s a command and an invitation into the unknown and the holy, into the messy and the ordained. This may feel overwhelming, but it’s God’s heart!
Orphans are frequently attacked from the womb. Satan has an arsenal at his disposal that includes war, disease, poverty, and addiction. Regardless, be encouraged because Psalm 34:18 states, “The Lord is close to the brokenhearted.” God is holding your child as he or she waits for you.
Parents going through the rigors of an adoption often raise empty arms heavenward and scream, “Why is this so hard? Why isn’t our child home yet?” Possibly, I screamed this...
As obstacles mount, you will hear the enemy’s lies saying you aren’t meant to adopt. The process is too hard, the bureaucracy is too much, or the cost is too high. Please, please - when the lies shout loudly, stay connected to the God who loves you. Satan’s goal is to “kill and steal and destroy,” but Jesus came so that we may have life abundantly.
Every orphan is spoken for by Jesus. God is in the business of forming families, but remember you have a very real enemy who is in the business of trying to destroy all that God loves.
Focus on the God who loves you and your child-to-be dearly. Focus on truth. Focus on the God who loves your family...your whole family.
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