Saturday, August 21, 2010

Obedience to God's Will

I will be the first to admit that I am on a path that has not always been my plan but a plan that could not have come from anyone but God.  I know that to some people they can not understand what we are doing with our lives, yes and there are sometimes when I question this myself.  But we have sought God's will in our decisions and he is guiding these decisions.  I found some excerpts from an article I was reading that has helped me to understand even more clearly.  I have quoted from the article below.

"Fear NOT : Adopt Without Fearing your Decision
Adopt without fear of your failure, but with confidence in knowing that God has led you to this decision. “Fear not for I am with you,” says the Lord. In all you do and in all you face here on earth as Christians, the Lord is with you. God blesses those that give of their heart. What better way to bless a child than to offer them your love through adoption.
Fearing the things of this earth will only lead to stress, anxiety, and a lack of self-confidence. In the Bible there are several scriptures that address how Christians should approach every decision they make objectively, with self-control, and within obedience to God’s will."
There are times when I wonder what my life would have been if we had not adopted,  but the benefits of adoption have by far outweighed the selfish life I would have been living.

"Doubt comes from the voices we allow ourselves to hear. This voice is not of God, but of Satan. If you’ve studied the Word of God closely, prayed for answers, and given yourself over to the Lord in complete acceptance of His decision; Satan will plant doubt, confusion, and frustration within your mind if you’re not careful."

"The Bible supports in over 20 scriptures God’s approval of adoption. He encourages and instructs us to be carriers of the fatherless. Adopting a child is a huge step. It requires a special type of individual to take in a child and care for them. What you do not realize is that if you are drawn to adopt a child, God has already chosen you to be an adopted parent. He will give you a drive like no other to pursue adoption. The mere existence of such a drive will reassure you that God has a plan for you. Recognize it, thank God for it, and do not become fearful."
I know many people that have felt this drive.
"God Calls You to Love Deuteronomy 6:5 (NIV) “Love the LORD your God with all your heart and with all your soul and with all your strength.” Love is the greatest commandment of all. We are to love thy neighbor as ourselves and this extends to the children of this earth."
"God smiles upon couples that make this important decision not out of selfishness or with high expectations, but out of love and in obedience to His word. You can expect all type of emotions during the adoption process. Don’t be afraid to extend your hand, heart, and home to a child. Adopt knowing you’re following God’s plan for your life."
Mardie Caldwell, C.O.A.P. is a Certified Open Adoption Practitioner, an award winning author of 2 adoption books Adopting Online and Adoption: Your Step-by-Step Guide. Mardie is also the talk show host of Let’s Talk with Mardie Caldwell and the founder of Lifetime Adoption in 1986

There are over 2000 children on the waiting children list in China!!!!!!!


Anonymous said...

It is so clear that God called you to these precious children. I am so proud of you as I watch you follow this call to Love and Lead these 3 Little ones in a Life of Knowing and Loving Jesus Christ. So many of us have been Blessed by having them now in our lives as well. I am so proud of you Vicki you are doing such an amazing job with this Life Changing Task God has given you. You are a Blessing to me. I can't wait to see what God has in store in the lives of Lily, Meilynn, and Emma.
Friend Julie

Jennifer Taylor said...

Great article!

Stephanie said...

I love this blog post. Do you mind if I copy and paste this onto my blog? If you want I can add a link back to your blog? I have been praying for months now for my husband to "hear" the calling from God and there is an 8 year old who has stolen my heart on the shared list. Trying to find a way to hear God's word...

Thank you and love your blog.

Anita said...

THANK YOU so much for posting this article Vicki! It's been wonderful for my heart to read what I already know. Great confirmation. I've been looking at your blog as Amy had posted both of our new little ones on her site. Your new daughter is adorable too! Congratulations! We are both blessed! :)

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