“God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.” Ephesians 1:5 (NLT)
“It’s time. You need to get to the hospital as soon as possible,” said the administrator. “Your baby is about to be delivered!” This longed for little girl was about to enter the world and the life of Nikki and Jeff.
Nikki’s dear friend, Ashley, worked with an agency called, Jesus Was Homeless. A concerned, addicted, homeless mom needed assurance that the baby within have a home she couldn’t provide after her birth. Never had this occurred before or since for an adoption to be requested. Ashley contacted Nikki and Jeff to ask if they would consider adopting. Unable to have children of their own up to this point, it was with assurance and grateful appreciation the answer yes resounded. A little unborn girl became a treasure in their hearts.
The biological mother gave birth with Nikki also in the delivery room. The nurse cleaned, weighed, and measured the baby and gave her immediately to Nikki as her adopted daughter. The biological father and daddy, Jeff, were shortly after invited into the room. With an overnight stay for Jeff, Nikki and the baby in their own room; she was named Ellianna, meaning “God has answered” and Love is her middle name.
Joey, Elli’s older brother by one year, was still with his homeless parents. So concerned were Nikki’s parents, that they then fostered Joey for a few months until the new parents caught their breath with his infant sister. Joey came to live as a fostered child with Jeff, Nikki and Elli. A year later, he became their adopted son, Joseph Hero.
From the time that Ellianna and Joseph were conceived, God designed them to be adopted and cared for by a family that loved them. God has also adopted them into His family and when they come to the age of accountability of knowing right from wrong; we are praying that they will choose Jesus as their elder Brother, God their Heavenly Father, and the Holy Spirit as their best family of all!
Adopted by God is such a cherished family status created by God Himself for each of us. Jesus signed my birth record with His own blood and I am embraced and accepted as a child of God. My heart explodes with praise and gratitude!