For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear,
but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons,
by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”
Romans 8:15

All of us as believers have been adopted into the family of God,  joint heirs with Christ, but do we really understand what that means in our lives.  I don’t think most of us do.  But recently a friend posted a link on her blog about being parents of kids adopted from the hard places.  She beautifully writes about what that means and looks like and how we as parents of those kids, are living that out.   The author writes beautifully of what it means to live out the gospel as parents of adopted kids with issues.  Here is a taste of her writing;

I used to think that suffering came to other people – fiery preachers in strange lands, broken old sinners with ancient debts to pay – not to people who opened their hearts to the orphan.  The stories swirled in my mind of families who’d dared to love the least of these and been worn down by the ceaseless, thankless reality of disability and brokenness.  It was tempting to be angry at the unfairness – and yet I’d learned through my own trials that there was another way to understand the suffering.

To read the full story, click here. and pray for those of use who are parenting children from the hard places whether it be Fetal Alcohol syndrome, physical abuse or . . . ., we are living out the gospel every day and it is challenging to see the big picture for the issues that are before us everyday.     Pray that we will remember to thank God who placed these children in our homes and to cry out to Him, Abba Father, for wisdom as we parent our children.