Adoption journey post #1
No kids. No God. When Elijah and I married in 2008, that was our firm agreement. Neither of us knew that I would accept Jesus in 2016, and that we would obey God's commands in a life of serving Him.
God’s direction was clear: Start a family. Build a Christ-honoring legacy. Adopt foster children.
I did not want to obey God's commands to adopt children. Elijah and I led a secure and happy life. We own a nice condo in Orange County, California. I was content with my job as an administrative assistant at Capital Group, a respected company with generous employee policies. Though life was easy and carefree, Elijah told me, “We can be more.” He proposed we leave work, sell our condo, move to a state with a lower cost of living, and adopt our family. He encouraged me to fulfill my dream of the past 20 years and become a writer. Fearful of change, I resisted the voice of my husband and our heavenly Father.
As I struggled with whether to move forward with adoption and obey God's commands, I prayed for clarity. I rested in the words of Psalm 18:28: “LORD, you light my lamp; my God illuminates my darkness.”
Elijah and I made a dedicated effort to read the Bible, worship God, and pray together. I fell deeper in love with God and deeper in love with my husband. The command to adopt foster children had once been easy to ignore, but it came to dominate my thoughts.
"Follow me," Jesus directed the first disciples. At the sound of His voice, the disciples did not hesitate: “Immediately they left their nets and followed him" (Matthew 4:20). Unlike Simon Peter and Andrew, I was too attached to the treasures of this world to obey God's commands.
Then Elijah said the words to me as I lay in his arms before bed, drifting off to sleep. “Follow me,” he implored. “Follow me” God implored. At that moment, I committed to obey God's commands and adopt foster children.
We have listed our condo for sale.
As soon as we have the cash in hand, we will leave our jobs and move to a new state away from the crowded, expensive city. We may settle in the southern part of Texas where we can buy a house for a sixth of the cost as in Orange County. Or maybe God will lead us to Arizona, or Florida. Once we have bought a home in our new location, we will obey God's commands to adopt our children. We have no age, race, or gender preferences. We will let God choose our children.
Where will we live? Will our new community accept us? How long will it take to complete the adoption process? Will God fulfill my prayer of allowing me to earn enough money by writing to glorify Him? I don’t know these details, all I know that is that I will obey God's commands. In the meantime, our first challenge is clear: Keeping our condo clean and ready for potential buyers!