Adoption journey

Over the past year, the Lord has been growing, teaching, and challenging our family in so many ways! We are responding to the Lord's leading and are expanding our family through the adoption of a precious baby!

Saturday, October 29, 2011

Tough issues... surrender ALL

One of the issues that I've seen come up among friends and many believers is... family planning/birth control/pro-life/pro-choice issues. I begin this by saying that I am unashamedly a child of God, follower of Christ and completely pro-life (because God is pro-life).

I have seen so many people wrecked with grief over their own infertility... yet years before had told God they didn't want children (through actions of taking pills that would cause "temporary infertility"). I believe it is very dangerous to say to God (verbally or with action) "I don't want children, I don't want children, I don't want children"... and then flip the switch one day and say, "OK God, I want children NOW". Who are we to take away God's role as Creator?? Who are we to decide WHEN God will bless us with children?? Are those actions really displaying God as Lord and Master over every area of our lives? These are tough and personal questions... questions I'm thankful that women of God challenged me with years ago.

I am so thankful for people in my life who opened my eyes to the realities of what birth control is and does to our body (Thanks Hollie Farr!). Today's birth control does not always prevent the fertilization of an egg. Rather, it can and does prevent a fertilized egg (baby) from implanting in the uterus. When I was newly married, I had no idea that a birth control pill I was taking could cause me to unknowingly abort my baby. This "low dose" type of birth control is called an abortifacient. Since I'm completely against abortion, I immediately stopped taking birth control pills and began charting my cycles (becoming aware of my body and cycles). I'm also thankful to Carla Sibley (the wife of our pastor in Watkinsville, Georgia) for challenging me even further in trusting the Lord with our "family planning" and giving that role back to God, our Creator and Lord. I hope that I can be a light to others, as these women were to me.

When we confess Christ as Savior and LORD, we surrender our lives and decisions over to Him and follow Him and His authority, which He has made clear through Scripture. I can not give only parts of my life to Him and pretend to still acknowledge Him as Lord and Master. I have to surrender ALL of me. Through that surrender, I am absolutely blessed to find myself in the loving and wise hands of our Sovereign God. Trust Him in and with all things, you will be blessed beyond belief!!

Another issue, is abortion. It's a shame that even many who call themselves Christians would justify the murder of an unborn child due to circumstances such as rape. When do two wrongs ever make a right??? How would killing a child in the womb ever right the wrong of the crime, or bring healing to the victim of the rape? While so many people are against taking away that women's choice and making that decision for her, someone needs to be the advocate and make the choice for that child's life.

"If God wants us to care about the orphan who is endangered because his parents are dead... then how much more should we care about the child who is endangered because his parents want him dead?" --David Platt, regarding Abortion

FYI about my family: My husband and I have been married for 8 years, are thankful to be blessed with two boys, are pregnant with boy #3 and are also in the process of adopting a sweet child.

UPDATE (6/2/15)
FYI about my family: My husband and I have been married for almost 12 years, and are thankful to be blessed with 4 boys (3 biological and 1 adopted).