Craig and I completed our second and final post placement visit this month. This means we are another step closer to the finalization of Isaac’s adoption into our family! Post placement reports will be sent to our Florida agency with a recommendation that we move towards finalization. We anticipate that a court date will be set for late August (90 days after placement) to make the adoption legal in the eyes of the court. We couldn’t be more excited to reach this final step!
It’s this verse that first became the theme of this blog and eventually, the inspiration behind a little Christmas ornament fundraiser. It’s hard to forget these guys after making 230 of them and raising nearly $10,000. Blows my mind!' This verse though is bigger than a blog or a fundraiser, or even Isaac. It’s this verse that helps share the Gospel’s message of adoption into our Heavenly Father’s family.
God loves us! And as our Heavenly Father, he knows the number of hairs of our heads (Matthew 10:30). After all, it was God that knit us in our mother’s womb (Psalm 139:13). And, He knows the tears we’ve cried and cares about each (Psalm 56:8).
He predestined us for adoption to sonship through Jesus Christ…
Sometimes this word “predestined” can throw us for a loop, so these synonyms may help: designed, meant, arranged. What’s key here is that God desires us to be in his family and he has purposefully and intentionally designed a way for us to be in it. That way was through the death of Jesus Christ!
For God so loved the world that he sent his son, Jesus Christ, to save us and bring us into his family as sons and daughters (John 3:16-17). God didn’t wait for us to get our lives together. No! Even while we were still imperfect, God demonstrated his great love for us by sending his son at the perfect time (Romans 5: 6-8).
…in accordance with His pleasure and will.
Can you imagine giving God pleasure when we accept his invitation into his family? I love this part of the verse; it again conveys God’s motivation. Love! And there are many reminders of this through the Bible. 1 John 3:1 declares, “See what great love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!” Children of God, do you see that great love?
There is no doubt that I’m looking forward to the finalization of Isaac’s adoption into our family. Still, what I anticipate and pray for more is the day that Isaac accepts God’s invitation to adoption into his Heavenly Family. Amen!
God loves Isaac, and God loves you. See what great love the Father has lavished on you both, that you should be called children of God!
Watch this YouTube video below to see how another family’s adoption journey has transformed the way they understand adoption into a “clear and vivid picture of the Gospel.”