27 Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world. James 1:27
God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure. Eph. 1:5
And He made us want to be more like Him, do more of the things that He did, love people more like He does; openly, with acceptance, patience, and without bias. Like Him, we want to keep forgiving things and be forgetful of wrongs done to us. He is making us want to reach out, reach in, and live a more inclusive, open and servant-like life --like Jesus did.
We saw things like this:
We read things like this (click link) and this (click link), and couldn't look back--or hoped we never would.
So, how are we doing at all of this?
We are learning that when we can't, HE can-- in us--all of us. When we can't love, we ask Him, and He will fill us with love. When we can't forgive and forget, we can go to Him and He will create a forgiving heart in us. When we are too tired, He really does give us more to give. When we are failing, we keep hope that He who began a good work in us is faithful to complete it. (Phillipians 1:6) He does not discount us for our faults and orneriness......He keeps changing us; little by little and leap by leap.
We can't, but He can, always!
I believe for all of us, that the more we realize how small we are in the picture, the BIGGER He can fill us with Himself and His attributes. What an awesome hope, that we never have to be good enough, tough enough, strong enough, smart enough, rich enough; we have to be filled with the ONE who is.
Back to adoption; we are two tiny steps away from being "open" as an adoptive home and we can accomplish those steps this very month. This will make us available to children in the foster care system who's parents have lost the right to parent them, making them orphans in need of a family. This is not the 1st path we started on, but this is the door that is open to us, thus far.
A while back, some of you shared w/ us and gave towards a fund for adoption overseas. We have applied with an agency. And when and if the timing becomes right, we will take a step further there. It is our longing to do that! And if we don't, we will return your gifts. Where we once felt that it was "either adoption through the state, or adoption overseas" (adoption overseas was the overwhelmingly strongest desire) now we feel open to which ever God has, even if it is BOTH. ♥ So, we plan to hold on and see what HE has in store.