Sunday, March 7, 2010

Why Wouldn't I?

Tonight my sister Genevieve and I had the opportunity to sing at a concert celebrating adoption. Obviously, adoption is near and dear to my heart. I also know it is to my sister's as well. You see many of you may not realize, but we come from a family that has been touched deeply through adoption. I am the second oldest of soon to be thirteen children. We were just a little family of four (dad, mom, Gen, and myself) and then at eighteen years old, I was no longer the baby as they adopted a sibling set of three. Two years later came six more, and now they are adopting two more.

As I mentioned at the concert, my sibling's adoption is part of the reason we choose to adopt. However, it isn't the main reason, nor the sole reason for us adopting. Years ago God laid on my heart to adopt and I haven't forgotten since. It was as if God spoke directly to me and said, "Why wouldn't you adopt?".

Now I know not everyone is called to adopt, but I do know that God did specifically ask for everyone to help:

Anyone who sets himself up as "religious" by talking a good game is self-deceived. This kind of religion is hot air and only hot air. Real religion, the kind that passes muster before God the Father, is this: Reach out to the homeless and loveless in their plight, and guard against corruption from the godless world. ~James 1: 27
Wow! Hits you pretty hard when it's put that way doesn't it? I know it has me. In fact, I have told Chris numerous times over the last six and a half years of marriage that one day I will set up an adoption fund to help parents just like us. That is something that I know God has laid on my heart in order to help the orphan.

So if you are sitting there on the other side of your computer reading this, I implore you to please think of where you can help in adoption. It may be adopting, it may be in finances, or it may just be in prayer. Any way you help is appreciated by both those adopting and by God who loves those orphans more than anyone else in the whole world.

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