You received God’s Spirit when he adopted you as his own children. Now we call him, “Abba, Father.” Romans 8:15b (NLT)
“How can a woman be pregnant with hope and give birth to a young lady?” I observed Lindsay, our daughter-in-law as she worshiped and raised her hands in adoration of her heavenly Father and watched this amazing event happen in a Christian women’s conference called Designed for Life! Through an international organization three months later she, her husband Chris, and three daughters hosted over Christmas an eleven year old girl named Monta from Latvia.
It had taken a labor of faith and love in raising the funds for that to occur. The following summer again with fund raisers such as baking multiple loaves of bread for sale with businesses assisting in fund raising as well, Lindsay and Chris accumulated enough funds to host Monta for six weeks.
During the following year, Chris studied hard to achieve a business master’s degree while working full time as an information technology specialist. Lindsay is a homeschooling mom and a teacher with Classical Conversations once a week. Yet the yearning to add another daughter/sister named Monta was embraced by the entire family. In many hours of conversing with each other and separately, Katelyn, Elise and Alison, ages 8, 6 and 3 respectively were consulted and embraced the decision to enlarge their family.
This gigantic leap of faith involved Chris and Lindsay traveling half a world away to meet with the adoption agency there and then to meet Monta and live with them there for a month as the challenging process began. In the meantime, both sets of grandparents took care of the girls at home. Two shorter trips were also necessary to travel there. Monta is now adopted into a new family who love her dearly. Amazingly although now fourteen, she looks just like her sisters!
Monta also became part of a bigger family, This past summer at church youth camp, Monta became aware of God’s great love for her. Later, her new mom and dad had the privilege of discussing this more deeply. She responded by receiving Christ as her personal savior, the Spirit adopted her and now she calls Abba Father her Dad! What a tremendous joy to know she is an integral part of two families forevermore!
God, what an awesome way you lead families and all the surprises you have in store for us. You truly design us for life here and your heavenly realm. How can I ever thank you enough for this beauty?