Saturday, December 09, 2006

Adoption Advice for Waiting Parents

Praise God for Eric and Mitzie Tibbets! Troy and I received the first copy of Shaohannah's Hope Today. This is a newsletter put out by Shaohannah's Hope, an adoption ministry founded by Steven Curtis Chapman to "mobilize the body of Christ to care for orphans". The following article by Eric and Mitzie was just what we needed to be reminded of during our wait for our child(ren).

Eric and Mitzie Tibbets- Parents to Bethany, Judson and Aleena (adopted from Russia 2005); waiting on Josiah from Guatemala

During your adoption journey you are likely to become child-focused instead of God-focused. You might even think more about the creation instead of the Creator. Let me challenge you that if you are longing more for the child instead of the Savior, you may want to pause and take inventory of your relationship with God. After many years of infertility and empty arms, it is easy to be impatient for the blessings of a child. I’d like to share a few truths we learned as we journeyed with God:
* You aren’t waiting on man, you are waiting on God.
* God isn’t going to send you where He is absent.
* God is not bound by geography, timelines, politics or finances.
* God hasn’t asked you to walk this path alone. Not only will He remain with you each step of the way, He has prepared many warriors to go into battle with you. You’ll be amazed at who He uses to meet your needs.
* Don’t put serving the King on hold. Waiting doesn’t equate to idleness. Invest in the wait, don’t waste it.
* God’s gifts to us are never late; they are always on time and far beyond what we could ever imagine.

Adoption is about stewardship. Your child and everything you possess belongs to God. During the wait, surrender it all to God, for His glory.

1 comment:

The Shoemakers said...

Hi, Amy, I clicked here from the CCAINovDec2006 Yahoo! group. Thank you so much for sharing this. I wish everyone would think this way instead of freaking themselves out surfing rumor sites for answers. I had posted something on the Yahoo! group about having a relaxing rest of the weekend because the answers are forthcoming, but no until at least Monday. I recall a place in Scripture about what Jesus says about worrying. I have to believe we're in this wait for a reason. We're supposed to have time to prepare, I guess. We aren't supposed to know - just have faith. Good luck on your adoption! We're waiting for our DTC and LID - all in good time, right? :)
Sara, Knoxville, Tenn.