Thank you for the prayers for our Sweet Pea. She did end up getting worse over the weekend and we spent a night in the ER as she was having breathing trouble. She has pneumonia but, praise the Lord, she is feeling much better today. I am so thankful for hospitals, medications, and medical caregivers.
While we were sitting in our hospital room we could hear the other little ones in the ER crying at various times. Sweet Pea was curled up in my lap and each time she heard someone cry she would pick her head up and look at me and say, "Aww..they want their Mama and Daddy." In her little 2 year old going on 3 mind this is what makes everything better...Mama and Daddy.
It made me think of the 147 million children around the world who don't have a Mama and Daddy. The 147 million little ones who simply want to belong to someone. The 147 million who long for someone to love them, care for them, and feed them.
I don't think anyone who has ever spent at least 30 seconds in an orphanage can ever forget the sweet little faces..... big eyes filled with longing....and hands begging for a touch... a tickle.... a connection.
In both the Old (Deuteronomy 26:12-13) and the New Testaments (James 1:27) God has made it clear that His Children are to care for the orphaned.
Adoption is a blessing. Our children who have come to us through adoption have blessed our lives tremendously.
If you are being called by God to adopt than go forth with the knowledge that Jesus will be with you. He will be with you and keep you through all of the challenges and twists and turns.
I know not every one is called adopt but we are all called to help.
World Vision and Compassion international are two wonderful organizations which help the poor and destitute.
Consider helping a family fund an adoption . What a blessing to share in the work God is doing in a family's life. My friend from over at Grateful for Grace has a post with families who are in process and need help bringing their children home.
Consider reaching out to those in your community whom you know are foster children or children with single parents. Look for ways to bless them in areas of need.
BEST of ALL~
PRAY. The greatest thing you can do is pray for families in process. Pray that God will give them strength, wisdom, and resources. Pray that the children will bond with them and all wounds physical, emotional, and spiritual will be healed.
“Sometimes I would like to ask God why He allows poverty, suffering, and injustice when He could do something about it.”
“Well, why don’t you ask Him?”
“Because I’m afraid He would ask me the same question.” Anonymous
Our son (who is now 7) is the boy in the pink shirt/jean overalls. He spent most of his first three years in an orphanage.. He is such a loving and tender boy who is so very attached to his family it's hard to think of him without us. God means for children to be in families.