Saturday, December 31, 2011

Called, Chosen, Special?

I had the most interesting conversation with a friend in the grocery store, yesterday. I hadn't seen her since before we went to meet our boys and so naturally, she asked about our trip and the boys. I love this friend. She is beautiful inside and out, because she loves Jesus. Imagine my surprise when she asked me, "Don't you think it takes special people to do what you and Marty are doing?" Followed by, "Don't you feel like you were called to do this and your boys were chosen for you?"

Would you like to hear my answer? I think it might surprise you, because it surprised my dear friend. No! Marty and I are not special or "called" to adopt. I've touched on it here before, but let me be clear. If you love and serve JESUS you are commanded to care for the orphans! None of us gets a free pass. It doesn't make Marty and I special, because we're on this journey to our sons. We just answered when God commanded. Our sole purpose here on earth is to serve and glorify God. It's what we were created to do. So, when His word says that the religion He accepts as pure and faultless is to care for the orphan and the widow, who are we to do anything but follow His command?

How about were our boys chosen for us? I think, this will surprise you, too. I believe that God is writing the story of our lives. He led us to our boys. That being said, I also believe God had a better plan for our boys. A plan that didn't involve a sin fallen world. A plan where children are born into the families that God created them to be in and those families are able to love and care for them. Ultimately, the best place for both of our sons would have been in the families they were born in, but because of SIN that is not an option. Our world is no longer perfect and so, we look for a better home. We walk by faith where He has called commanded us to walk, so that we might be the hands and feet of Jesus. If we love Him, we will love them. We will be a part of making the sad things come untrue, so that men might see Jesus in us and glorify HIM! Not us, Jesus!

Now, let me ask you a question. Do you love Jesus? I hope that your response is a resounding, "YES!" If so, let me leave you with John 14:21.

Words of Jesus: "Whoever has my commands and obeys them, he is the one who loves me. He who loves me will be loved by my Father, and I too will love him and show myself to him."

Do you love Jesus? Then, do what He commands!

Pray, Adopt, Advocate, Support...

Hidden in Christ,


  1. Just started reading your blog. I like it. I like it because it is to the point and does not excuse some of us from not doing something. I like it because it is the truth without the sugar....

    Stephanie Lynch

  2. Thank you, Stephanie. I'm glad you're here :)

  3. I couldn't agree more! I was just talking with my husband the other day about this, as people say "you guys are amazing", "It takes someone special to do what you're doing", etc....I really don't feel like what we're doing is extraordinary or special. Yes, it's a unique path toward parenthood, but truly I feel like we're doing what God has commanded us to do. We're living out his command to care for orphans, and can't wait for our girls to be home in our arms!!

    Thanks so much for commenting on our blog - I can't wait to see your boys thriving in your arms!!!