Wednesday, November 25, 2015

National Adoption Month: Faith Bigger than Fear

   The joy Isabel has brought to our family has made the wait & sacrifices from our adoption journey seem to fade away. 


As we move closer to getting officially started with our next adoption, my heart as been reminded of the fears & hardships that come along with the process. There’s no denying adoption comes with huge risks. The process is complicated & difficult. Adoption is filled with unknowns & uncertainties. The emotional risks make our hearts vulnerable while the financial risks we face are huge & terrifying.

Throughout the process you live with the knowledge that there are no guarantees & everything can change at the drop of a hat. The fear of a failed match & risk of losing thousands of dollars, the fears associated with fundraising, the unknowns & concerns over the baby’s health…these are just a few of the long list of legitimate fears that those in the process have to navigate every single day. Unfortunately, there’s no sure way to be protected from this part of the adoption process.

Part of not just surviving the process, but keeping your sanity in tact is figuring out how to guard your heart, navigate the fears, prepare for the risks, all while still living with hope, peace & joy. Throughout our journey to adopt Isabel, I really struggled at times (most of the time) to live with faith bigger than my fear. What I came to understand as I struggled to live with a healthy balance of reality & hope, is having faith bigger than our fear doesn’t mean we live in denial of risks. It doesn’t mean we won’t be faced with deep pain & burdens on our journey. Living with faith means that we must choose to continuously put our hearts in God’s hands & believe that no matter what circumstances adoption (or life) brings our way: He is good & enough for us through it all. It is only when we put all of our hope in Him that we can experience peace that passes all understanding.

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” ~Philippians 4:6-7

One of my mantras for our next adoption is: 
Live with faith bigger than fear. 
I know only God can give me the strength to live this way through the crazy ups & downs adoption brings. I hope our journey is a quick & smooth one, but more than that, I hope regardless of the circumstances we may face in the journey, our faith would never waiver & that our hope, peace, & joy would always be found in Him.

I pray that regardless of what situation, diagnosis, disappointment, hardship or fear you’re facing today, my words would remind you to turn to the One who has a limitless supply of peace, strength, hope & joy to give you.

Would you lift us up in prayer as we begin to prepare our hearts to adopt again? We are blessed to have such an incredible & encouraging community behind us. 
We are excited to see what’s ahead.


With love,

Tyler

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