Orphan Sunday

Today is Orphan Sunday and I am reminded of God's love for us, so thankful that we get adopted into God's family when we give our lives to Him. 

This picture is of my friend Angel, her husband Carl and their six kiddos under the age of 7. God used their adoption story to plant the seed in our hearts for adoption back in 2008. 

(Side note: Carl started up his own video company called, "Telescope Media Group." Check it out HERE. You should give him your business. He does great work.)

Here is their family.

They brought their two boys home from Ethiopia about this time last year.

Is this not the best picture ever? 
Love it.

On Orphan Sunday, I'm thinking about those who have adopted, who are in the process, those who want to, those who need the funds and I'm thinking of a sweet face of an orphan I saw recently in a pic.

What is our story with us and adoption?
Yes, we want to! Yes, we have a heart for it! Yes, we look forward to this!

We applied to adopt back in August and were turned down due to lack of positive net worth (med school loans and two mortgages do not look good without the assets to balance it all out). 

About a year before that we also began the process but there were a few stumbling blocks at that time, including the two pregnancies that we lost. The agency we were going through did not allow us to proceed while pregnant. 

My prayer is for more children. 
Is this your heart as well, dear reader? 
Is your heart aching in a way that it seems no one else could ever understand? Maybe you've lost children or maybe it is simply aching because you so long to adopt but have not been able to thus far?
Might I encourage you that if there is anyone that you can share this ache with, it is God. 
He knows the desires of your heart. 

My prayer today is for more children. (Repeated on purpose)... working on asking him for this.
It has been hard for me to ask God for this lately, for a variety of reasons  - including guarding my heart against more heartache, feeling utterly and completely hopeless, broken, and I wonder if sometimes when I approach him with a request I feel almost slightly guilty for asking - as if it implies that I'm not thankful for my current situation (which I am!).

 Here's the truth that God reveals in His word.
 Matthew 7:7 in the Bible says, 
"Ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you." 

Luke 11: 5 says, 
"And he said to them, 'Which of you who has a friend will go to him at midnight and say to him, 'Friend, lend me three loaves, for a friend of mine has arrived on a journey, and I have nothing to set before him; and he will answer from within, "Do not bother me; the door is now shut, and my children are with me in bed. I cannot get up and give you anything'? I tell you, though he will not get up and give him anything because he is his friend, yet because of his impudence (the quality of being offensively bold) he will rise and give him whatever he needs. And I tell you, ask, and it will be given to you; seek, and you will find; knock, and it will be opened to you. For everyone who asks receives, and the one who seeks finds, and to the one who knocks it will be opened. What father among you, if his son asks for a fish, will instead of a fish give him a serpent; or if he asks for an egg, will give him a scorpion? If you then, who are evil, know how to give good gifts to your children, how much more will the heavenly Father give the Holy Spirit to those who ask him!"

How true are these verses?
It is true that if a friend came to my house and knocked at the door in the middle of the night I might say go away I'm sleeping. But if he kept knocking and knocking and knocking I WOULD get up and answer! 
Beautiful. He will answer when we keep knocking!!! 
Great news.

Has God planted a seed in your heart to adopt? 
Maybe you're reading this and this is the first time you've ever thought of it. Great! So glad you're here.

Do you want to learn more? 

Here are a few of my favorite blogs that include families who have adopted.
"Loved Beyond All Measure," click HERE to view. This is Angel's blog, who is pictured with her family above.
"A Place Called Simplicity," HERE
"Baby Makes Three," HERE
"Yearn 4 Surrender," HERE
"No Greater Joy Mom," HERE
"Yes, My Couch is Ugly," HERE.
A Place Called Simplicity blog has many links to other people's blogs who are in the process of adopting or have adopted, if you're still wanting to read more.

Two adoption agencies I've heard good things about:

Some Bible Verses to consider.
"I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you." John 14:18
"Defend the cause of the weak and fatherless; maintain the rights of the poor and oppressed." Psalm 82:3
"He will have compassion on the poor and needy, and the lives of the needy He will save." Psalm 72:13
"Children are a gift from the LORD." Psalm 127:3
"Bring my sons from afar and my daughters from the ends of the earth." Isaiah 43:6

I'd love to hear from anyone who has a heart for adoption. I am still learning and would love to learn more about different agencies, specifically adopting from Uganda. I would also love to hear about the needs of different people in the process and ways to help.

God Bless you all this lovely Sunday evening!