30 Days of Prayer for Adoption Month

The entire month of November is recognized across the United States as National Adoption Awareness Month. We encourage you to pray for those touched by adoption this November! Join us as we lift up birth parents and adoptive families in prayer so that they might come together in adoption.
 
To get you inspired, we’re offering a free download with 30 days’ worth of prayer ideas. Get your free download here, or by clicking on the image below:
 
30 Days to Pray for Adoption - free download
 
You’ll just need to enter your name and email address, and the beautiful prayer inspiration download will be yours! Please feel free to share this prayer download at your Bible study, church group, or with friends and family.
 
National Adoption Awareness Month is a great time to gather with those touched by the miracle of adoption, and to give thanks for the blessings that adoption brings!
 
We hope that you’ll join Lifetime as we celebrate adoption through prayer! We celebrate the birth mothers who make adoption possible, as well as the adoptive parents who are blessed every day by adoption.

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Adoption Q&A: Can I Choose the Family?

searching for a Christian family for my babyQuestion: “I’m pretty sure that adoption is going to be right for me. Abortion is out of the question (I’m pro-life), and I’m still in high school so I don’t think I’m ready to become a mom. Can I choose the family who will be parents to my baby? I want to make sure she’s going to grow up with parents who have Christian values.”

Answer: Absolutely! When you call Lifetime, we’ll ask you what kind of family you have in mind. You can get very specific, even down to where they live and whether the couple has a stay-home-mom! Make sure to tell us, too, if there’s a certain denomination that you’re hoping for, like Methodist or Lutheran.

Your Adoption Coordinator at Lifetime will gather profiles of families that match what you’re looking for. She’ll send you these hand-picked profiles in the mail. But don’t worry, the package of profiles we sent you won’t say “adoption” anywhere on it. That’s just in case you’re keeping your adoption plans under wraps right now. You can even start looking at hopeful Christian adoptive families on our website right now! Lifetime will continue to show you adoptive families until you find a family that really, really meet what you’re looking for!

Do you have questions about choosing adoption for your baby? Just call or text Lifetime Christian Adoption at 1-800-923-6784 or send us an email.

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The Power of Prayer as You Wait to Adopt

We encourage you to read the Word of God if you get discouraged in your adoptionYou’ve decided to adopt, but things might not be moving as quickly as you’d expected. In adoption, there are snags, hold-ups, and issues that come up. Maybe a birth mother has changed her mind about adoption, or maybe you haven’t received any interest from birth mothers. These are issues that all potential adoptive parents could face. You might feel like these obstacles can’t be overcome, but the truth is that they can, with the power of prayer.

As a waiting adoptive parent, you need to believe in your prayers and that, through them, you will be successful in your journey to adopt. Some couples spend most of their marriage trying to conceive a child. Along with their struggles to conceive came heartache and fear that they’d never have a biological child. Many of those couples received strength through their prayers. Prayer is a vital part of your success in domestic adoption. I encourage each hopeful adoptive couple to use prayer to make it through.

When you’re confident in your prayer, you’re holding onto the promises that God has made. It also means putting your doubts aside and having faith that your prayers aren’t done in vain. Many don’t realize how valuable spiritual strength can be. At its core are hope, love, and faith. Having faith that God will give you the desires of your heart can provide you with everything you need to have patience during your adoption wait.

One day, you’ll be blessed with a child through adoption. And you’ll be eternally grateful when that happens. You’ll revel in the beauty of your newly-expanded family. Not only that, but you’ll also have a much stronger belief and confidence in God, and the power of prayer.

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Christian Adoption Update: “We Thank God Daily for Lifetime!”

The staff at Lifetime Christian Adoption is excited to share this touching adoption update that Christian adoptive couple Jake and Alicia just emailed one of our Adoption Coordinators, Veronica:

Jake and Alicia with their son and daughter“We hope all is well with you and everyone else at Lifetime. Today is our daughter Gracie’s 2nd birthday and I can’t help but think how much of a part you all played in her becoming a part of our family! We are so thankful for all that you and the staff at Lifetime do for the adoptive parents and birth moms throughout the entire process – before, during, and after.

Lifetime baby Gracie just turned two!
Grace is the happiest little girl full of love, and we can’t wait to see what God has planned for her. She loves her little brother and brings so much joy to our lives that we didn’t even know was missing until she became a part of our family.

We cannot imagine our lives without our precious daughter and thank God daily for Lifetime and the selfless decision made by her birth mom so that our family could be blessed with one of the greatest gifts ever. We are thankful for Gods faithfulness, perfect plan, and perfect timing. God bless!”

If we can help you or someone you care about start on the path towards Christian infant adoption,
please share this link to our free application to adopt!
LifetimeAdoption.com/apply

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Meet a Christian Couple in California Who Are Excited to Adopt!

Christian adoptive couple James and Meghan with their childrenJames and Meghan are a family who loves God, loves each other, and loves getting out and being active. They have two biological children, and cannot wait for their third through adoption. James and Meghan have always wanted to grow their family through adoption, and hope this video shows you what life is like with them!

James and Meghan write, “We promise that your child will always know what it is like to feel cherished. We will strive to do our best to be an example of God’s love and guidance. Our home will be a place of safety, encouragement, and security. Your child will be exposed to different ideas and cultures through travel across the world, and we will share with you all the precious moments along the way through letters, pictures, and visits throughout the years, if you wish.”

Here’s Christian adoptive couple James and Meghan’s adoption video:

Meet a Christian Couple in California Who Are Excited to Adopt! from Lifetime Adoption on Vimeo.

Visit James and Meghan’s adoptive family profile online to learn more about them, view their photos, and read their “Dear Birthmother letter.”

You may also browse other adoptive family profiles at www.LifetimeAdoption.com. If you see an adoptive family that you’re interested in, please give Lifetime a call at 1-800-923-6784.

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God is Here to Give You Strength During the Adoption Wait

This beautifully moving and thought-provoking message is from Lifetime Christian Adoption Founder Mardie Caldwell’s personal favorite, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. It’s a beautiful reminder to pray and speak to God if you’re discouraged with an adoption wait that’s lasting longer than you’d like:

My Power flows into you continually: It gives you strength to take the next faltering step, strength to resist discouragement and despair, strength to know Me in intimate dependence.

Only My Power can provide such strength, enabling you to live abundantly in the midst of your limitations.

Jesus Calling message for those in the adoption wait

To him who is able to keep you from falling and to present you before his glorious presence without fault and with great joy— to the only God our Savior be glory, majesty, power, and authority, through Jesus Christ our Lord, before all ages, now and forevermore! Amen.
-Jude 1:24–25

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Is it True That “God Won’t Give You More Than You Can Handle”?

unplanned pregnancy as a Christian womanQuestion: “I’m pregnant, but we’re not married, and I’m so ashamed. I’m having a crisis of faith. I always thought it was true that God won’t give you more than you can handle… well, this is definitely something I don’t think I can handle! I’ve been praying over what to do. Where do I turn?!”

Answer:  Because God loves you, He knows that sometimes, He must give you more than you can handle. God allows us to be in circumstances where we don’t think we can handle it so that we come to depend on Him more! People sometimes think that they can do everything on their own. When this happens, their pride is dragging them down.

To keep us aware of our need for a Savior, God lovingly gives us a glimpse to see just how much we can handle. Here are just a couple of examples: He gave Moses 600,000 finicky travelers and He gave the 11 apostles the job of spreading the gospel all over the world. So, He’ll sometimes give you way more than you think you can handle, too. But know that as He gives you this challenge, He’s still there for you and loves you.

God has given you the power of choice in this situation. No matter what you decide for your pregnancy, God has given you this opportunity. He knows that you can make the tough decision of what’s right for you and your baby.

If you and your baby’s father don’t think you’re ready to become parents, you can still give your baby the gift of life by choosing adoption. With open adoption, you can select the adoptive parents for your baby, and decide how things go at the hospital. You can also get updates on your baby as he or she grows up if that’s what you’d like. Lifetime Christian Adoption has a large variety of faithful, pre-screened Christian couples who are ready and eager to adopt a baby.

Would you like more info on creating a modern open adoption plan? Just call or text Lifetime Christian Adoption at 1-800-923-6784 or send us an email.

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Christian Adoption Update: “She’s Our Most Wonderful Blessing!”

David and Deanna's adoption blessing!The staff at Lifetime Christian Adoption is excited to share this adorable adoption update that Christian adoptive couple David and Deanna emailed us:

“We are grateful to you all every single day of our lives! You gave us our world – the most wonderful blessing!
 
Thank you so much AGAIN from the bottom of our hearts. You’re the best! Still so very thankful that God guided us to Lifetime’s beautiful hands. You all are very dear to our hearts – always – what a wonderful experience! Here’s a photo of our precious 16-month-old Lifetime baby! 

We thank God numerous times a day for His plan and we will forever cherish you all in our hearts. From the many talks to the long distance hugs, shared tears, and words of encouragement and then the words of celebratory excitement, you’ve always been there for us.  We love you all!”

Here’s a photo of proud adoptive parents David and Deanna with their daughter Madison:

Proud adoptive parents David and Deanna with their daughter

If we can help you or someone you care about start on the path towards Christian infant adoption,
please share this link to our free application to adopt!
LifetimeAdoption.com/apply

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How to Cope With Stress During Your Adoption Wait

an adoptive couple experience stress during their adoption waitMost adoptive couples face stress at some point during their adoption wait. Although not all stress is bad, much of what we experience is avoidable. To keep physically and mentally healthy, it’s very important that we learn how to deal with stress successfully.

When you’re waiting for a birth mother to contact you, stress can start to creep up. Stress that you’re not desirable as adoptive parents, or even stress that you’ll never adopt a baby. Stress causes a release of hormones in our body that gets us into a “fight or flight” mode. If you’re always in that mode, it’ll make you exhausted and sick. When the fight or flight response happens too often or goes on for too long, those same hormones can start to damage your health! Read to get Lifetime’s tips on how to cope with stress during your adoption wait.

Try Mindfulness

This word is heard a lot in the media nowadays, but what is it exactly? Mindfulness means that you’re fully present, aware of you are and what you’re doing, and not overwhelmed by what’s going on around you. It also means that you’re not thinking about the past or the present, but focused on the here and now. To do practice mindfulness, you need to slow yourself down and focus on the activity at hand.

Instead of thinking ‘I’ll be happy once we bring our baby home,’ mindfulness means to let go of any thought unrelated to the present. Instead, find something to enjoy now. For example, thank the Lord that you have a safe place to live and a roof over your head. Thank Him that you’re healthy and on the right track to becoming parents.

When you remember something stressful, move on to a more positive thought and remember to be grateful. Instead of griping that you haven’t adopted yet, practice being thankful for what you do have. When you practice gratitude and mindfulness, you’ll find that you body unwinds, your muscles relax, and your stress is released.

A happy heart is good medicine and a cheerful mind works healing
-Proverbs 17:22

Laugh Every Day

Laughter is one of the most powerful ways to heal, and it has no side effects. It’s been proven to lower the stress hor­mones epinephrine and cortisol. Laughing will also release endorphins, which brings about a feeling of well-being throughout the whole body. Even when things happening around you might be negative, laughter helps you keep a positive attitude and remain thankful.

Studies have shown that happy people have better relationships, express empathy more easily, and can use their intelligence more effectively. Even though happy people also experience tragedy and hardship, they are better at handling it and maintaining hope for the future.

A happy heart is one of your greatest weapons against stress. Choosing a good attitude may not diminish the amount of suffering in your life or in the world, but it does help lighten the load. Creating habits of happiness, living in the moment and being grateful are some of the most powerful medicines available to help you win the battle against stress.

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Believing in God’s Love During an Unplanned Pregnancy

Read one woman's story of how she came to believe in God's love during her unplanned pregnancy10 years ago, I held a beautiful newborn baby girl in my arms. My baby girl. I was so young…15 to be exact. I was a freshman in high school, and my boyfriend had broken up with me as soon as he found out I was pregnant. The year my daughter was born was one of the hardest years of my life. Here’s my story…

Seeing that positive pregnancy test brought out a strong feeling of a lack of worth. I knew that I’d messed up and disappointed the people I loved. I was going to be a mom in a time of my life when most girls are concerned with acne and dieting. I was no longer the “good girl” I used to be.

I wondered, ‘Does God still love me?’

I felt ashamed, extremely guilty, and pretty uncertain. Being pregnant and unmarried had me feeling unredeemable, unlovable, and out of God’s good graces.

I didn’t feel God’s love. I felt alone. It was in one of those lonely moments that I took out my Bible to search for reassurance that God loved me. I believed He loved me unconditionally, but I still needed proof. I needed a reminder so I wouldn’t forget or doubt the reality of His love in my life.

I kept track of the verses that reminded me of how God loved me. After a few days, I had two college-ruled notebook pages full of Scripture to remind me of God’s love. I kept those pages with me all the time, folded up in my backpack, so I could look at them when I started to feel really alone again.

I learned to believe God’s love for me is unconditional. When I chose to have premarital sex, His acceptance of me didn’t die. His love is everlasting.

I turned to my youth pastor for guidance. I shared with her that I definitely wasn’t ready to be a mom at 15, but I didn’t believe in abortion either. She gently told me about a third pregnancy choice: adoption. At first, I just dismissed the idea. “I could never give my baby away!” I told her. But she sent me home with some info on adoption, and some booklets about couples who wanted a baby.

After lots of prayer and meditation, I came around to the idea of adoption. With adoption, I could save my baby’s life. Plus, I could bless a couple who couldn’t have a baby of their own. I picked a Christian adoptive couple in my state who are really involved in their church. I wanted my daughter to grow up in the church like I had. And I chose to have an open adoption, meaning that I got updates on her as she grew up. I was even able to fly out and visit her every year.

I wanted to share my story so that you don’t feel alone if you’re in a similar situation right now. Believe in His unconditional love for you, even if you’ve turned against His way.

We love because He first loved us
-1 John 4:19

God loves you unconditionally and doesn’t wait for you to come to Him with your life all figured out. Here’s a quick prayer:

Dear Father,
At times, I struggle to believe You love me and You can save my story, the way it’s gone so far. I want to be exactly who You created me to be. Give me the assurance to believe in Your love for me and Your plan for my life.

In Jesus’ Name, Amen.

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