A move? A new job? Adoption? Leaning into Him?
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Whatever journey you’re on, don’t go alone, friend.
Let me warn you that when God calls you to something big, not everyone will be encouraging. Some will doubt, some will criticize, some will gossip, some will assume facts, some will call you crazy 😜, some will fall away, some will say nothing to you but plenty to your friends. Speaking from experience as everything I mentioned has happened to us. I’ve heard that some people think we live in a huge house (😆😜 12 people, 2000 sf)! And that the govt pays us to adopt! Just gonna dispel that one right now - *quite the contrary so please read note below.
Those aren’t your people.
Your people are the ones who know your journey doesn’t make less of them. They realize love is multiplied, not divided. They’ll hold your hand in the valley and on the mountaintop. They pray for you. They encourage you. They don’t feel the need to play the devil’s advocate because they know you’ve thought about, prayed about, considered every possible outcome. They’re willing to ask you questions and listen to understand. They will speak life and truth into you. They’ll cry and laugh with you.
Tighten your circle if you must because life is too short for nonsense. And God is too good to miss!
I want to talk to my friends who have or are considering adoption. Don’t go alone! Don’t be surprised by those who scorn you, but know that God has a tribe for you. Let me tell you some of the blessings from our growing tribe as we’ve journeyed through adoption over the last 17 years 💜
🌸 Other adoptive parents
🌸 Church family
🌸 Friends near and far
🌸 Educators willing to listen
🌸 A solid adoption agency
* Private and international adoption is costly with government, paperwork and immigration fees. Here are some of the ways we’ve funded those fees:
🙏 Adoption grants offered by non-profits and individuals
🙏 Creating gifts for sale
🙏 Garage sales
🙏 Online auctions
🙏 Spaghetti dinners (there’s a testimony there!!)
🙏 Selling household items
🙏 Understanding that all we have is only ours to steward and giving back cheerfully
I know I’ve forgotten a lot, but the point is that when God calls us to something far beyond ourselves, He makes the way! So step out, even in fear, and follow His lead.