What if our lives were meant for so much more than what we are living?
What if the standard of success according to God is not based on how big a house we live in, or how fancy of a car we drive, but instead was based on how much we demonstrate His love to others?
What if the point of life wasn’t how much we can get, but how much we can give?
Are our lives reflecting what our hearts know to be the right answers?
These are some of the questions that Brett and I began asking ourselves and one another at the beginning of this year. We have our wonderful American life: 11 years of blissful marriage, three beautiful healthy children, a crazy poodle, a comfortable house, two cars, our eventful (and often crazy) homeschooling life, a fruitful and busy career in full-time ministry, amazing friends and family. What more could we desire?
Glad you asked. We desire to know God’s will for our family. We desire to hear His voice and to allow Him to direct us as to how we can better glorify Him and make His glory known. So, when God spoke to us a few months ago about doing something big for Him, we had a choice. We could either come up excuses as to why God wouldn’t really ask us to do that and disobey, OR we could obey Him and completely TRUST in our big, sovereign God to carry us through, to be our Provider and our Strength.
What did He open our eyes up to? The estimated 163 million orphans around the world! Orphans that God loves passionately, that Jesus died for, and that need a home. God’s heart for the fatherless is evident throughout His Word.
“Learn to do good; seek justice, correct oppression; bring justice to the fatherless, plead the widow’s cause.”
– Isaiah 1:17
“I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you.”
– John 14:18
“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to care for orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”
What can we do? We can respond to His calling. We can act in obedience…
So, it is with great joy and excitement that we have begun the process to adopt a little GIRL and a little BOY from Ethiopia!
We have three beautiful children. Kiley is now 8 years old and such a sweet “little mommy”, Ethan is almost 6, all boy and such a sweetheart, Landon is 3 and full of life and craziness. In looking at our precious children, and how God is moving in their lives and revealing Himself to their hearts, we know we want more. Our hearts can sense that our family is not yet complete.
We have a son and a daughter half-way around the world who belong to us. They belong to us in the same way that Kiley, Ethan, and Landon belong to us. They belong to us in the same way any child belongs to a parent. They are out there with no mommy or daddy to call them by name. And, they have a family…here, with us, our family. They have a sister and two brothers who draw pictures for them and who pray for them. We do not know their faces or their names… yet. We do not even know their ages. But already we love them. Already our hearts ache and long to hold them and call them our own.
We do not know how long this journey will take, nor do we know all the places this journey will lead us, but we do know that we are not alone as we go. We have the grace of a loving Father. A God who has adopted us into His family, and we have that family. Brothers and sisters in Christ who are just as excited about this journey as we are. Friends who are willing to sacrifice with us. Friends who are praying for our little ones as we are. A community of faith who sees the bigger picture, the picture of the Gospel that adoption so beautifully paints on the canvas of our hearts.
Friends. Family. Church.
So this is where our journey begins. This is where we come to the end of ourselves and find the “abundant” life that Jesus promised we could have when He becomes our greatest pursuit. We invite you to join us as we take one step at a time, trusting God through it all, and see His glorious grace lead us and keep us the entire way.
Our children are out there. Let’s bring ’em home.