Family – what a special gift! No matter if the household is birthed, blended or adopted, it is always a story written by God, the Creator of the family.
Yet setteth he the poor on high from affliction, and maketh him families like a flock. Psalm 107:41
I’m excited to tell you about a family who IS adopting! Many of you who follow my blog also follow my daughter, Whitney’s blog, Come Home for Comfort. She and her husband, Paul are getting ready to adopt a family. It’s been an incredible story to watch the Lord write! If you’re not aware, or haven’t seen the updates, you can go here to view Whitney’s Adoption page and read why they’re adopting and how it’s progressing. (Get a tissue ready!)
As they were preparing to adopt, she encouraged me to read, Adopted for Life, by Russell Moore. Here’s a quote from his excellent book that gave me a greater understanding about why they are bringing children into their home.
“When we adopt—and when we encourage a culture of adoption in our churches and communities—we’re picturing something that’s true about our God. We, like Jesus, see what our Father is doing and do likewise (John 5:19). And what our Father is doing, it turns out, is fighting for orphans, making them sons and daughters.”
― Russell D. Moore, Adopted for Life: The Priority of Adoption for Christian Families & Churches
Adoption is so beautiful because it’s what God does for us to make us His child! No one gets to heaven without being adopted. Then we are brought to His table where we are seated as His sons.
The Pendell family will be adopting a sibling group, meaning that their family is going from two to FIVE overnight. Adopting older children has as many needs for a family because it all happens AT ONCE! But because it all has to be handled confidentially to protect the children’s privacy, it’s hard to get the word out there that they have needs.
Since I have a little bit of an online presence, I’m reaching out to those of you who have followed Whitney’s story and would love to do something to help her and Paul get ready to bring their sibling group into their home in the near future.
What can you do? You can be a part of our Virtual Adoption Shower and go to Whitney’s Amazon Adoption Registry . scroll through the needed items and send a gift the Pendell family. From washcloths to children’s books, toys, or enough drinking glasses for a family of five, there are many practical items that you can help to provide. Along with household items, gift cards to restaurants are also helpful as they bring their family in and adjust to a new home, making mealtime a little less chaotic and simpler to provide in those first few weeks. You’ll find all those details on the Amazon Adoption Registry page.
To be honest, it’s difficult to reach out to others for help, but because helping the widows and orphans is a way we can demonstrate our love for our God, I wanted to open the door for you to step into this virtual shower for Whitney and her husband, Paul. If the Lord lays it on your heart to help by sending a gift, we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. If you cannot, we understand and thank you for remembering them in your prayers. This is going to be a huge transition for ALL of them. But God’s grace and strength will be there to enable them to show the love of Christ and invite them to His table, too.
If you have any questions at all, feel free to email Whitney or me – RefreshHerblog@gmail.com.
For I was an hungred, and ye gave me meat: I was thirsty, and ye gave me drink: I was a stranger, and ye took me in:
36 Naked, and ye clothed me: I was sick, and ye visited me: I was in prison, and ye came unto me.
37 Then shall the righteous answer him, saying, Lord, when saw we thee an hungred, and fed thee? or thirsty, and gave thee drink?
38 When saw we thee a stranger, and took thee in? or naked, and clothed thee?
39 Or when saw we thee sick, or in prison, and came unto thee?
40 And the King shall answer and say unto them, Verily I say unto you, Inasmuch as ye have done it unto one of the least of these my brethren, ye have done it unto me. Matthew 24:34-40
Thank you, dear friends.