Wednesday, April 03, 2013

HOW can you adopt AGAIN?


Yes, we ARE adopting.

Again.

Yes, we realize that will make 6 kids.

For some, that seems a small number.

For others, it seems CRAZY.

HOW in the world can we bring home another?

And all I keep thinking is…

HOW CAN WE NOT?

The Lord has had us on a journey of prayer these last few years. Do we adopt? Do we help others adopt? Do we MOVE to China? Do we go on mission MORE?  We have questioned and wondered. We have looked at  children's files, and God made it clear, these were not our children.

I have traveled to China THREE times to work in an orphanage. Through the first trip, and even the 2nd I felt that maybe another adoption was NOT in our future. Maybe orphan care was what we were being called to do.

It made sense. 5 kids, 2 adoptions. A STRONG calling to be a part of that orphanage IN China. 

Because I DO realize we can’t adopt them all.

And I DO realize there is MUCH more to orphan care than JUST adopting.

Oh how I WISH that more would realize this.

I LOVE going to China and working in the orphanage. Honestly our family KNOWS it is what we are called to do.

But this trip, I also knew that the Lord was calling us to more.

How can I walk the halls of that orphanage, how can I hold those children and KNOW there are MILLIONS more just like them all around the world and then say no?

How can I pretend that I have done enough when their little souls are dying there.

Seriously DYING. 

Did you get that? There are CHILDREN sitting in orphanages. RIGHT NOW. We need to stop pretending that it is not happening.

How can we say we are too busy, too tired to poor, too ANYTHING when I have held children who ASK for a family? Who will never know anything besides life inside those 4 walls.

How can we NOT say yes to more?

We just have to say yes. 

YES to bringing home more.

YES to WHOMEVER the Lord has already chosen for our family.

YES to how we know HE is writing our story.

He has penned the pages of this story since day 1.  

He has placed a burden on us for the orphan for THIS reason.

So that we would be open to our 6th child.

We don’t know who it is, but HE does.

And we can’t wait to find out!


3 comments:

Chisum Family said...

Beautifully said, Shannon. Praying for your family and your treasure in waiting! Hugs and love!

Emily said...

I love this post, Shannon!

Pam

Matthew Lee said...

Shannon,

Are you raising funds for your second adoption. If so, I have an idea I'd like to share with you. Could you email me at mlee@coupaide.com?

Thanks!

Matthew Lee