The other day I met with a mom that is at the very beginning of her adoption journey and another mom that is 2 years into her wait. Both of them on the same journey, but just at different parts. Both with worries and fears. Both with hope and a light at the end of the tunnel. The light may be brighter to one and dimmer to the other, but none-the-less there is a light. There's always a light.
Sometimes on my side of this journey I can forget the hurt and pain that you feel as you wait. I forget the gut wrenching pain when you think of another holiday or birthday without your child home. Then I sit in a room with two moms on this journey and it all comes flooding back to me. I get that lump in the back of my throat, I feel that pit in my stomach. I feel their pain all over again.
And then I remember. My kids came home. There is a light at the end of that tunnel. At times in my journey that light seemed so dim that I could only see it clearly when I had my eyes closed and was begging God to bring my babies home.
If you are waiting I want you to hear this from God's word: “Rejoice in the LORD always; again I will say, Rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The LORD is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.”
Friends Paul was clear here when he said rejoice in the LORD always. Even in a crappy adoption situation. He was also clear here when he said do not be anxious about anything. Even the date your child might come home. He says let your request be known to God. All of them. My favorite part of the whole verse is when he says after you have prayed with thanksgiving and let God known your requests, and not been anxious, THEN the peace of God that surpasses all understanding will guard your hearts and minds.
Friends you can have peace in the midst of craziness. God can do it. He will do it. Go before the Father and trust him.
I'm praying for several friends that are in the midst of this crazy adoption journey towards their kids. Who are you praying for? Maybe you need the praying. I want to know. Link your blog below to tell us how your journey is going. Then we can all go visit your blog and pray for you and your kids.
We are in the waiting process. Today I have added up all the funds we have multiple times and it doesn’t equal what we need. I have to remind myself that God is in control of the timing and of the finances needed! This blog was very encouraging, thank you!
you know mine, but we would love other peoples prayers while we are waiting to be cleared to bring home our son.
I’m praying for my niece and nephew, Emma and Luke. My brother Drew and his wife Melissa are a little over 2 years into the waiting to bring these two kids home. They are currently in the stage of final paperwork to clear then visas. Prayers appreciated!
My husband and I are adopting Bella from Haiti…we just celebrated her first birthday in Haiti in August. Our hearts ache for her. We have been to Haiti three times and we are waiting to enter IBESR (Haiti’s social services).
Thank you for your heart and willingness to stand in the gap for us!
Thanks for the reminder! I am not adopting but I feel like this verse plays out perfectly in my life right now with my search for a job! It’s hard to see that light somedays and it feels like you will never get a job but the Lord is faithful when you put your trust in Him! His provision is slowly starting to move in my life and He gives me just enough hope to bring me to thanksgiving and praise everyday! He deserves it all!!
we’re a little bit out from a referral and will take any prayers we can get! my husband + I have been married less than a year, and he’s a medical student… so we’re a “unique” couple, in many ways. excited to glorify God as we follow the call we’ve felt even before we were married!