31 Days of Gratitude: Adoption 

Often times, a simple step out in faith will open doors and windows you never imagined.

For our family, it was the step out in faith to adopt a little boy halfway around the world. 

This willingness to say yes to God without knowing what the yes looked like has blessed us and continues to bless us beyond measure.

Our family has hosted an exchange student. We have a greater understanding of cultural diversity. We have learned to trust God to provide in so many ways. Our daughter discovered a heart for mission work. 

The greatest blessing to pour out from our son’s adoption has been the friendship with another family three states away. 

Back in 2009, a few months after we came home with our son, we received a message from a family whose son had been in the same orphanage. The following summer on our way home from a vacation out West, we stopped in their home town.

Our boys reached out to touch each other at first deciding if this moment was real. Then, they picked up where they had left off, the years of separation dissipating into renewed friendship. The main difference being they were now interacting in English. Our families meshed perfectly. Every year, we plan a trip to spend together, reunite our sons, enjoy each other’s company, and make memories.

If you read my blog a few days ago, you know we were fighting Chicago traffic on a Friday night. It was worth it. Hours later that night, we were in the company of great friends. I missed my daily blog post yesterday due to poor internet connections, but I was busy making memories. Good ones. All because I stepped out in faith. With my family. Without knowing the end of the story.

This weekend, I am grateful for adoption. I am grateful for the blessings that have poured out from the joys of adoption.

1 Samuel 1:27 I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted what I have asked of him.

And so, so much more.

Stepping into the unknown in response to God’s call on your life is a journey of faith. He is writing your story. 

Can you trust Him with the details?

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