“Finally, brothers, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.” -Philippians 4:8
An important distinction of people who succeed at adoption is that they have faith in their desires, are very intentional in their steps, and are focused on their goal. Many prospective adoptive parents look and dream about adopting but do little to move past that point. While it is wise to do research before moving on to adopt, there are many who don’t move any further to complete what they have started. Sadly, fear is often the culprit. You have to believe you will adopt!
Many years ago, I was caring for a baby who was going to be adopted. I had him in my arms and was standing outside my church after services when Grace, a woman I knew, came up to me. She was spry and cheerful at the age of 82, and she looked at the child with shining eyes.
“Babies are so wonderful,” she said. She was quiet for a time. “I wish I had known you when I was younger. I would have asked you to find a baby for me to adopt.” It turned out she and her husband were unable to have children.
Grace was a loving person who was always around children, so I had assumed she was a mother. But on that Sunday morning, I learned she had lived her whole life without the joy of sharing her love with a son or daughter. “We didn’t know what to do or where to begin,” she said. ‚So we never did have a baby.” If only someone long ago had helped her get started on the road to adoption, she would have had her little one.
If, like Grace, you are unable to have a biological child or have always wanted to adopt and with all your heart you want to love, nurture, and bring up a child, then you should set out to find the child meant for you.
Successful adoptive parents know that the timing, planning, and dedication to completing their adoption goal can make its success much easier and smoother. I believe with any goal, there are basic steps that must be taken to attain the desired end result…becoming a parent! Those who have gone before you know it takes time and patience and following a concise plan to realize adoption success.
I do believe the Lord doesn’t allow us more than we can handle and that even the obstacles or the birth mothers who change their mind are part of His plan, too. I can’t imagine not having my son, and I wouldn’t if it weren’t for the birth mother who changed her mind before I met his birth mother. Thank God He has a plan!
“Be strong and courageous. Do not be afraid or terrified because of them, for the Lord your God goes with you; He will never leave you nor forsake you.”
This was excerpted from Lifetime Adoption Founder Mardie Caldwell’s book, Called to Adoption. Are you ready to answer the Lord’s call to adopt and start your family? Please call Lifetime Adoption: 1-877-383-6847. Your first step in getting started is to fill out our free online application to adopt.