“So, is your family complete now?”

Since we’ve adopted little Jo (yes, that’s what has stuck…Jo) we’ve had numerous people ask if we feel our family is complete. If we are “done now”. And for about 3 months I answered, “I think so”. But now Jo is almost 5 months old and the sleep deprivation is gone; I’m thinking sanely again and I must admit…”I doubt it”.

I don’t know what God has planned for our family’s future, but I do know that we won’t be closing our minds or hearts towards more blessings. It’s by no mistake that I’ve recently found We Have Room. Or that I’m still making my way through Love Does, a book all about DOING God’s love, not just speaking God’s love. And it’s by no mistake that somehow I found my way to “liking” a FaceBook page called Second Chance Adoptions {an agency that helps adoptive parents find a new placement for their adopted child for a variety of reasons most of us cannot even begin to imagine}.

I’m not sure what God is up to in our family. There is a girl “out there” and she’s 13 and she needs a home very soon. And when I saw her and read about her I felt strongly that she was supposed to be in our family.

****This is where most people shake their heads, get their senses back and tell the Holy Spirit all kind of rational things.

“We have too many kids already. We don’t make enough to adopt. We have too much debt. Our house isn’t really big enough. When my kids get older, I’ll do something like that. I’d have to get a bigger car.”

I REALLY feel that God doesn’t call us to rational all the time. Maybe not most of the time. Bob Goff says it so well in his book, Love Does. “…if we start RSVPing yes to His invitation and go after those things He’s made us to love. It’s not all planned out for us either, and that’s where most people get too nervous to take the next step. But know this: when Jesus invites us on an adventure, He shapes who we become with what happens along the way.”

To answer your question…yes, we are putting a little manilla envelope in the mail today with notarized signatures and sending it to an adoption agency. And so are 2 other families who also feel called to this girl. We will wait and pray that God places this girl in the perfect home for HER. It may or may not be our home. But we don’t want to close our doors, our hearts to the fact that we have room, we have “goods” to share. We are merely opening up the door to let the Holy Spirit work. And maybe it’s just an act of obedience we are supposed to be experiencing. Not sure. But when you do something “crazy” like this AND have peace…it doesn’t really matter what the outcome. We know God is in control and that’s the way we like it.

1 John 3:17-18But whoever has this world’s goods, and sees his brother in need, and shuts up his heart from him, how does the love of God abide in him? My little children, let us not love in word or in tongue, but in deed and in truth”.

James 2:15-16If a brother or sister is naked and destitute of daily food, and one of you says to them, “Depart in peace, be warmed and filled,” but you do not give them the things which are needed for the body, what does it profit?”

One thought on ““So, is your family complete now?”

  1. So excited for you what is to come, how can we close a door that God intends to send so many blessings threw. It saddens me that as christians we don’t trust God In this area of my life.

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