Monday, April 15, 2013

Stepping out of your comfort zone

Sometimes I don't know how to word a post I know I need to write.  How do you ask people to step out of their comfort zone and adopt an older child or one with special needs. The children no one wants.

How do you tell them that it is a fight worth fighting for. This is a life that is calling out to be saved from the dreariness that awaits them, a future with no hope.  This is a life that does have meaning and purpose.

To step out in faith and jump off that not listen to the voices of this world that tell you not to go.

Will it be too hard? 
What will people think?
How can we afford it?
Will this child have orphanage behavior?
Will it be a huge change for me and my family? 
What about my other kids?

These are all normal questions we all ask ourselves before jumping.

Yes, at times it is hard, but the Lord gives me the strength.
I have lost friendships, but I have gained new friendships with people who have the same heart I do.
God does bring in the money.
All four of my adopted kids have orphanage behavior.  We deal with it.
It is a change for my family.  It's a change when I've birthed out a baby, too.
My other kids get stronger and learn how to love more.

Is is challenging? Yes, it is at times. I'm helping my sons learn how to be in a family.  For Andrew, it is not always easy.  He wants the quick fix! But it takes time to undo the 16 years he was on his own. Look at the peace in his eyes, the content look and happiness.  I can't imagine him not being here.

The good news, Andrew WANTS to be in a family!  That is encouraging! He TRIES as hard as he can.  Does he mess up and lie or steal or try to manipulate a situation?  Yes, but look where he has come from. In the nine months he has been home he has learned so much! He is not that lost, frightened little boy. He loves being in our family and we love him.  He is ours and we are his, forever!

God doesn't make mistakes.  When He puts on your heart to adopt a child, He WILL give you the strength to get through!  Strength you never knew you had!  It grows you!  I want to grow in the goodness of the Lord! I want the blessing and to be obedient!  I want what God has for me and my family. Having my four adopted kids IS a BLESSING!

This young man is ageing out of the system. What awaits him is not what you would want for your son or daughter.  He is asking for a family!  He WANTS a family! There is only 9 days left for someone to step forward and commit. You can find more information on Reece's Rainbow.

You can hop on over to Julia's blog and join in the last day of the giveaway she is doing for families who are adopting or children who want families. You can click the link on the top right of our blog entitled, Mulligan Stew.

WE are the hands and feet of Jesus.  These are His children. If we don't act, who will?



    1. In Easter Europe they are given around the equivalent of $30 and put on the street. They have no where to go and don't know what to do, so they are easy prey. That's when the traffickers pick them up. 50% of orphans are dead by the age of 20.

  2. Thank you for sharing. I appreciate it. I hope others will read it and be touched by your life story. My heart aches for the orphans of the world. I have been impressed by the fact that the more we are given, the more we are responsible for. So, the more I know, the more I must do. Thank you for giving me pause to think about this. (from Nova Scotia, Canada)

  3. Thank you for writing this. I am praying for Sebastian, too.

  4. You did a great post. Praying and believing. Matt 18:19 in Jesus name.

    God bless you


  5. I am so grateful for your openness in sharing your story. I have referred more people to your blog than I can count. Please know that I am praying fervently for Sebastian and will continue to keep your family in my prayers as well. God bless you.

    Judee in Iowa