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Tuesday, September 13, 2011

A Unique Story ... NEVER BE AFRAID TO STEP UP AND HELP !!!

Suzanne and I were at Clearview Church Sunday night teaching a break-out session on adopting  Special Needs Children at their first ever family adoption/orphan care night ... It is always an honor to see how God can use the stories HE has created in our families ... We don't sugar coat it !!! We shoot straight and we try to encourage people to find the JOY that comes from Christ when they are in the middle of the hard days and help them see how amazing our lives are now that we have our sweet angels home ... I think whether you are on top of the mountain or deep in the valley and both will come in life (not just the adoption journey) you have to know how to RESIDE IN THE JOY OF CHRIST and forget the worlds view of what HAPPINESS is  ...

We love to have people share their story and where they are at before we begin speaking - thinking of adoption, just starting the process or newly home ... Where ever they are we hope to answer their questions and give them encouragement ... When we got around to one sweet lady she shared w/ us a story we had yet to hear at a conference - She was there to find a home for 2 older boys she had custody of ... I am going to start by saying how proud I am of this woman for coming to the adoption conference for help and information ... I know it wasn't easy to come to a place where people are bubbling w/ excitement and anticipation of adopting and be the person sitting in the room telling them I have two kids that NEED to be adopted ... You see... she, her husband, and their 4 boys were living a normal everyday life when a situation occurred where 2 neighorhood boys needed a home ... They were not in  a good home situation is all I will say ... These braves boys came to the family and said will you help us ??? AND THIS FAMILY DID !!!  They have legal custody of the boys for over a year now and are trying to find a forever home for them ... This sweet precious mother said she felt guilty after hearing Suzanne and I share our stories, our struggles, and the craziness of our lives ... She feels like a failure at not feeling called to adopt these boys ... WE AFFIRMED IN HER THAT WHAT SHE DID BY TAKING THEM IN THIS YEAR AND BEING A SAFE PLACE WHILE THEIR FOREVER FAMILY WAS FOUND WAS HONORING THE LORD ... She didn't turn them away, She didn't hand them over to the system, and they have been in a loving environment for the past year hearing the name of Jesus ...

We already have a couple of families interested in contacting the family about the boys ... I share this story to encourage everyone out there that there ARE SO MANY WAYS to love on a child in need ... AND to never be afraid to help and then ASK for help ... Again, I am so thankful for this family that has BRIDGED THE GAP for these boys and I feel like it is a great example of Matthew 25, "When did we see you a stranger and take you in ... I say to you, inasmuch as you did it to one of the least of these, you did it to ME."

A great story to share as you start your week ... There is never a gesture to SMALL or to BIG when it comes to the LEAST OF THESE !!!


4 kind words.:

Treasures Evermore said...

No words...just tears.

Thank you for sharing.

Kim said...

Brave indeed. Praying for these boys. Thank you for so beautifully sharing all the sides of the adoption story!

mrs.stinnett said...

Thank you for sharing!!! This just reminds me that God is a personal God and he has something different for each one of us! I am getting to help 2 children that live right behind me who's mom is dead and grandma(who was helping Dad) is sick - Even though I would love to just move them in I know that is not God's plan - They have their Dad and we are helping him to step up and be what they need.

Catherine said...

What a beautiful story. Praying for these boys and the sweet Mom who saw their need and offered them a safe place to fall. Praying God will place them in the home of His choosing.