Little Reminders…

Well this weekend I was able to venture off with my husband on the road and spend some time away and in thought. I so appreciate the prayers from the previous blog. I am kinda astounded that I wrote that blog just a couple of days ago and God is so faithful to remind me of who He is and what He has called us too. The more that I am learning about this life the more I am reminded of why I feel like we were called to adopt in the first place.

Several years ago my dream was to be married to a man on staff at a church, have a big house, a nice car and live a nice comfortable life and have lots of kids. I was reminded of how much God has changed me and my heart. The longer I live in my small 2 bedroom, 900 square foot house the more I adore it. God is doing something in our hearts and I long for my life to be all about making a difference. I am not saying that I would not like a larger house one day but if I am blessed with that house I want it to be packed and used to make a difference.

I want my life to be about helping people. I want to adopt kids from different countries. I want to work with the homeless more. I want to go to other countries and do mission work on a frequent basis. I want to pay for someone’s adoption one day. I want to support girls who feel lost and need help and use my house to give them a place to stay and get on their feet. I want to work at an orphanage one day. I want to move to another country and live there and dedicate my life to helping these people know the Lord. I just look around this society and wonder- is money enough? Is your big house enough? Are you happy? Are you making a difference? Are you dreaming? What are you doing to influence others?

What is my first excuse? We don’t have the money to do that. We don’t have the money to adopt. We don’t have the money to go overseas. We don’t have the money to pay for someone’s adoption. I think my husband and I are deciding that the more we sacrifice the more others can be blessed. The less I spend on junk the more money we would have to bless others. I don’t think we should all wear paper bags but there is SOOO much that we as Americans could cut out of our lives. Maybe it takes buying a smaller or less extravagant house. Maybe it takes me not buying new clothes for a while. Maybe it takes us not eating out as much. Less is more.

This brings me to the question: Why are we adopting? I want to get outside my comfort zone and trust the God that has told us to walk down this road. I want to help a mom and a child. I want to help a child that could sit in an orphanage or state custody not have to go through that. I want to help a girl who walks into an adoption agency with a child and makes the incredibly heroic decision to place her child up for adoption. I want to support her whole-heartedly if she changes her mind. I want to bust outside of being a “white” family. I want to love the beauty of different colored skin and celebrate it. I want a tangible picture of God adopting me (a gentile) into his family and calling me his daughter. I want others to see the magnitude of Gods love. I just know that I am humbled that He wants to use us- all of us!!! I think most of all I just want to DO something.

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7 Responses to Little Reminders…

  1. debra parker says:

    Man I feel like the same thoughts roll around my head.

    I just want to DO something…that is good…and true.

    I agree.

  2. We have adopted a child and there is great help for those wanting to adopt. If you haven’t already done so chek our Kingdom Kids Adoption and the Steven Curtis Chapman’s shaohannahs hope for financial guidance for adoption. Many blessings on your adventure. It is full of ups and downs but if it’s what God has called you to personally it is the best adventure.
    Debbie aka The Real World Martha

  3. maris–this post really encouraged Matt & I’s hearts. Thank you for your honesty & for sharing it with us. It made us think & it really hit us where we are right now. we miss you guys so much & wish that we could be closer while you prepare for August. We’re praying for you, for him, for the birthmom & for all the mounds of paperwork! We love you guys!

  4. […] read this post from Maris over at Adopting August.  I don’t know Maris but I feel what she wrote in this […]

  5. Haley says:

    I stumbled upon your story while meandering through blogville. I am touched at your will and desire to adopt August. I put your button on my blog.

    I wish you guys the very best in your efforts to adopt.

  6. T.Price says:

    I’m not really sure how I came upon this blog. I am so profoundly moved by your story and the size of your heart. My bestfriend is in the process of adopting from another country. She, like you, sees the entire world as our charge; as our responsibility. She is a single, but she’s determined to make it happen. I’m inspired by your strength and will share your story with her. Best wishes, blessings and peace in your awesome endeavor.

  7. I know this is an older post — but I had to comment… and say “YES!”
    You’ve spoken so many things that are on my heart. This is my desire, as well… to make a difference… to touch people’s lives… to live outside the box and take risks that will leave the world a better place.

    I will say a prayer for your adoption process tonight. Adoption IS a miracle…

    I’ll be checking back in!

    Many blessings to you.
    Amber

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