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Over Spring Break, the Smith Family; Drew, Brittany, Lauren, Elise, and Ana Leigh spent time fundraising for adoption. They share with us their inspiring message on God's purpose for their lives and the blessing He has poured on them through adoption~
Adoption...God's Heart...Our Calling and Privilege
Even before Drew and I were married, God planted the dream of adopting overseas in our hearts. After having our first two precious daughters, Lauren and Elise, we knew it was time to pursue our third little girl whom we believed would be born in China. God blessed us with Ana Leigh in 2010 after years of prayer and paperwork; a labor of love to rival any birthing experience! She has been and continues to be a tremendous source of joy in our family, and none of us can remember or imagine life without her. She has changed our lives in ways we could not anticipate. Most precious to me, as her Mama, having Ana Leigh has given me a glimpse of our Father's love for us as His adopted children. In fact, I find it breathtaking that in Mark 14:36, Christ addresses God the Father as “Abba Father”, while in Romans 8:15, we are also given the privilege of crying out to Him in the exact same way: “...but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.” One of the many blessings of having an adopted child is increased understanding of the Father's love for us and the fact that He sees us as joint heirs with His Son. Adoption...undeniably God's idea.
After much prayer, conversation and tears, we believe God has placed our fourth daughter in the Philippines. We are eagerly anticipating the day He places her in our arms; in His perfect timing. Adoption, as with any eternally-focused life experience, comes with both tremendous blessings as well as challenges. We can honestly say God does work all things together for good, and He can be trusted with every detail of our temporary lives. We are honored to be taking this journey once again and would appreciate prayer on our behalf as our family faces some of these challenges before she even arrives.
Thank you, and God's blessings on all that He calls you to do in this life in the time He has given you.