Tuesday, February 8, 2011


My sister is adopting and I am so excited for her to start this walk of faith. She and her hubby are adopting "Wilson", who just turned 2 years and has Down Syndrome. As her blog title states, they are following God's lead and "caring for orphans in their distress".
I am learning a lot through this process with her. I'm having to come to the hard realization that most people just don't understand the heart of adoption at all.

I've heard more than once: Why isn't she content with her four children? Why does she want to adopt?
My initial reaction was: What does contentment have to do with adoption? But I've realized that the world's thinking about adoption comes only from a self-centered perspective. This thinking says that life is all about our convenience and our happiness. For the Christian, life is all about our sanctification. It's all about our becoming more like Christ. Because we adore our Savior, we desperately want to become more like Him. We don't become more like Jesus by making our life as easy as possible. Clearly Jesus didn't do that. We become more like Christ by doing the scariest thing of all: obeying Him.

Father of the fatherless and protector of widows is God in his holy habitation. God settles the lonely into families. ~Psalm 68:5-6
“My grace is sufficient for you, for my power is made perfect in weakness.” Therefore I will boast all the more gladly of my weaknesses, so that the power of Christ may rest upon me. ~2 Corinthians 12:9


Anonymous said...

Oh, Ginger, Thanks for your post. I was rebuked just yesterday for the adoptions of our four youngest. From a "good" Christian too. I have compassion. I struggled with looking beyond "myself" too. Suffering taught me JOY (Jesus, Others, You) - and I continue to learn. I'm thankful for how God chose us to redeem precious souls and by His mercies we pray they come to Him one day. Were it not for "His" Spirit of Adoption, we would all be most miserable. God bless, Loretta, SW Virginia

Ginger said...


Amen and amen!

~Stephanie said...

Congratulations, Aunt Ginger! And to your sister as well.

I've heard too much as well, mainly while I was pregnant with Solomon after adopting Xander. "You finally got your boy! Why have anymore?" I've heard it a few times since we are gearing up to adopt again. "Two girls, two boys.. isn't four enough?"

I have to bite my tongue, often.

MamaMahnken said...

Well said, as always. And I'm so excited for your sister and her family! Thanks for sharing with me in the email, & sorry I never responded back, we have had the sickies around here this week :P