Focusing on the Orphan

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. John 14:18

  For those who are led by the Spirit of God are the children of God. The Spirit you received does not make you slaves, so that you live in fear again; rather, the Spirit you received brought about your adoption to sonship. And by him we cry, “Abba, Father.” The Spirit himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Romans 8: 14-16

I love these Scriptures.  Especially on a day like Orphan Sunday.

The beautiful thing about our God is that He doesn’t ask us to do anything that He wasn’t willing to do Himself.

If you are a child of God, it is because His Son paid a ransom for you and you are adopted into His family forever.

In Romans 8, the phrase “adoption to sonship” translates to mean adopted as an heir, as if you had a birthright.

There are many reasons the plight of the 143 million + orphans keep me up at night.  Those reasons include the fact that I spent time in foster care as a child and that two of my children are adopted. More importantly though, the plight of those children hangs on my heart because God commands it to.

Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and blameless is this; to care for the widow and the orphan in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world. James 1:27

From Genesis to Revelation, God communicates His heart for the fatherless.  Read Psalm 68:5-6 and Isaiah 1:17.  I challenge you to read God’s Word and ask Him to reveal His heart regarding orphans.  He didn’t leave us as orphans, we are His heirs for eternity.  How can we not want that same privilege for children all across the world.

I led a workshop locally on Saturday that answered basic questions and provided information to families considering adoption.  God blessed my socks off with the attendees, the testimony of a sweet adoptive mama and the way God moves in the hearts of His children about this important issue.  This morning, in our Sunday school class we prayed for orphans in different regions of the world.  I had prepared specific prayer prompts for the issues that each child faces unique to their geographic location.  While praying for Asia (which is home to more than 65 million orphans!) we told God how often we are tempted to use the sheer number of orphans as a reason for our apathy and inaction.  And, He reminded us that He leaves the 99 for the one and that although it can feel impossible to us, nothing is impossible with Him.

Every orphan that is rescued is one less that lacks the love of a family. One less living in inexplicable poverty. One less going to bed hungry.

I pray that we, as the Church, do not let this day go by unnoted.  That we don’t stop at one day a year to pray for orphans. That we open the eyes of our heart to God’s heart and ask Him what He would have us do in response to His call.

November is National Adoption Month.  I pray that you, my sweet readers and friends, don’t tune out whatever God has to say to you.  I know that my life has been enhanced in so many ways {and will continue to be} by the miracle of adoption. I can’t wait to share them with you.

How has adoption impacted your family?

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  1. To share in a few words what adoption has done for me….changed me, molded me, used me as our family has given our lives to the Potter’s hand. We are in the process of adopting our second (an 11 yr old boy out of foster care) after being apart from his 15 yr old sister for 3 1/2 years (we adopted her last Dec.). We have two bio girls, 12 and 10 whose lives will never be the same, either…for the better. Wordless and breathless journey. Sooooooooooooooo worth every painfully refining moment in all of us. To see our son, who was a step away from being labeled unadoptable and institutionalized until he aged out, thriving and joyful, renders many praises to his Creator Who knows there is a hope and future for him! To see the transformation of a girl in a year’s time is a beautiful thing to behold. To see our bio girls give up and share their lives and comfort to two older children has been beautiful. I could write on and on and on about all we have experienced because i am so passionate about adoption and especially older children! To God be the Glory great things He has done and is doing!!!!

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