Keeper of His Home

by Chelsea McCafferty

Spirit of Adoption

on April 10, 2014

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For my father and my mother have forsaken me, but the Lord will take me in.” Psalm 27:10

When my parents have failed me, forsaken me, abandoned me, neglected me and harmed me….where can I go? Starting these classes for the foster/adoption certification has been quite an interesting journey for me. I find myself feeling very sensitive during the classes because of the difficult issues we need to discuss, but also feeling more and more confident that I would like to spend my life making a difference in the lives of children who need to be cared for, loved and shown that God is there for them. There can be fewer callings more difficult to go through and yet fewer more rewarding.

I tend to get tears in my eyes at each class meeting, and I know that there are others in the same boat. At the last class, one lady read us a book about baby bunnies saying goodbye to their bunny mommy and going to live with the kitty family. I just ached inside. We were asked to consider what we would feel like if we were the birth parents who had children that were removed and put into foster care. It’s something I find it very hard to even think about without crying. I know God has given me a sensitive heart so that I can relate to and love any children He sends our way, but I also know I have the strength through His Spirit to do this.

We are going to be adopting through the foster care system, though as provisions allow in the future I would like to continue to provide foster care as well. I’ve been meditating on the idea of adoption, and what that means from a Christian perspective. God is the Father and Author of adoption after all. It is by adoption through faith in Jesus Christ that we are welcomed into His family and made the sons and daughters of the Most High God. God tells us to care for the orphans and widows. He ignites in us a spirit of adoption to open up hearts and homes to those who need it most.

To redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.” Galatians 4:5-7

You know, in Jesus’ time on earth, adoption was a matter of great importance. When a family adopted a child, to that family and to the community, there was no difference between the adopted child and the birth child. They were equal members of the family and equal heirs. I love that through adoption we can cry out to God and say “Abba Father”! This was a title reserved and used only by the children of the master. Servants could call the master “father” but not this form of the word “Abba Father”. This was an intimate, family relationship. It is such a marvelous expression of adoption.

I have started praying for the child/ren that God will bring to our home. They may or may not already be born. I pray for their safety, their needs to be met and for their precious hearts to be guarded. I pray that God will open doors and clear paths of any obstacles we may come across. I pray for provisions to prepare our home to meet all certification requirements. Mostly I just pray that God would somehow speak to the hearts of all of the little ones who are being neglected, abused, abandoned and harmed in any way that He loves them and that He will never forsake them.

We appreciate your continued prayers as we continue on this journey. We know spiritual attack will come. The enemy doesn’t want these children in loving, Christian homes. We know that we face obstacles that others may not have. We don’t have much in terms of material wealth to offer a child, but when it comes to the most important things (love, family stability, God) we have in abundance. We know the Lord will take care of the rest! Thanks for your prayers!

 

*If you feel called to help us on this journey to getting certified, we do have a few needs. We need to make some alterations on our home and yard to meet qualifications and we also need some furniture, etc for the little ones to come. We will be having periodic yard sales to raise funds. Also we have an online donation page to accept monetary donations. If you feel called to help in this way, we appreciate it and thank you. God is good and we are trusting in Him completely to supply and to provide according to His timing and will. Click HERE to go to our fundraising page. Thanks and God bless!

 

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