A Father’s Day Message to Those Waiting…

learn how to become a Godly father“Any man can be a father
but it takes someone special to be a dad.”
-Anne Geddes

With Father’s Day coming up in a few days, I wanted to write to all of you adoptive dads-to-be. You’ll be celebrating Father’s Day yourself just a short while from now!

“I talk and talk and talk, and I haven’t taught people in 50 years what my father taught by example in one week.”
-Mario Cuomo

The role you’re about to have is one of the most influential roles you’ll ever have. And it starts long before your baby has been placed in your arms.

Your future son will mirror your actions as their father, and watch your every move for guidance to help make him into the man he’ll become. And your future daughter will watch you as her role model to help out when she chooses the boys to date and the type of man she’ll marry.

Clarence Budington Kelland said, “My father didn’t tell me how to live; he lived, and let me watch him do it.” Consider what your children will observe from you.

Are you feeling overwhelmed? I hope not. It is a big responsibility, so remember that God is on your side. He wants to guide and inspire you to become the father and husband He wants you to be.

Father’s Day is a great time to pray about the areas of improvement you might have. The Lord will lead you to your children who’ll look to you for guidance and trust their little lives in your hands. You’ll become an instrument which God uses in their lives.

So how do you grow into the best father and role model possible? By making God your teacher, and recognizing that His authority should rule everything you do. As a dad, one of your duties will be to teach your children Scripture and love and kindness for their mother.

“Train a child in the way he should go, and when he is old, he will not turn from it.”
-Proverbs 22:6

The habits you’re forming today become the qualities in building your future child’s hero. I encourage you never to give up and to remember the important role you’ll play in your child’s life. When you feel doubt, turn to God for direction. My prayer for you, the adoptive dads-to-be, is that you have strength and faith in your path towards becoming a Godly father.

God bless you and know we are praying for you and your adoption,
Mardie Caldwell

Posted in Adoption Prayer, adoption wait | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Christian Adoptive Couple Ron and Katie’s Adoption Video

Christian adoptive couple Ron and Katie's photosChristian couple Ron and Katie are an outdoorsy, adventurous couple from Michigan. They believe strongly that God led them to adoption as their path to become parents.

They’re ready and excited to adopt a boy or girl of any race and look forward to sharing their love, family, and guidance with a child.

Ron and Katie write, “We promise to raise your child in a safe and loving environment. We plan to expose your child to a wide range of cultures and will help him or her set goals and reach for dreams. We promise to model the importance of a relationship with God, family, friends, and community. We will love your child unconditionally and raise your child with a deep appreciation for you. We promise to maintain the kind of relationship with you that you are comfortable with.”

Here’s Christian adoptive couple Ron and Katie’s adoption video:

Michigan Adoptive Couple Ron and Katie’s Adoption Video from Lifetime Adoption on Vimeo.

Visit Ron and Katie’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.

Posted in Adoptive Couple Video | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Do All to the Glory of God

So, whether you eat or drink, or whatever you do, do all to the glory of God.
1 Corinthians 10:31

In our ambitious, fast-paced lives, self-care usually takes the back seat. It gets overtaken by other needs and leaves you feeling exhausted. Do your shoulders feel constantly tense from stress? Or are you scarfing down unhealthy food because you have no time to cook?

Taking care of yourself is so important. It’s important enough that we need to get in the habit of doing it every single day. Once you start taking care of yourself, you’ll notice that you’re more effectively able to work and to care for others. This will become so vital once you bring home your baby through adoption!

Taking a long and leisurely walk around the neighborhood with your spouse is a great tradition to start. You’ll not only be getting exercise, but you’ll also be re-connecting with your husband or wife. Plus, it’s a tradition you can continue once you adopt! Long walks benefit both your mind and body; they’ve been known to help clear the mind of anxious thoughts.

To begin taking care of yourself physically, just make a few small changes. You’ll soon start to see big results! Here are a few examples of small things you can do: stretch at night before you go to bed, add kale to your smoothie, or drink more water. Once you’ve made a few smaller changes, you will be ready for bigger ones, such as attending a class at your gym or beginning a healthy eating plan. And, of course, go on long walks. There are so many methods to take care of yourself; it’s about finding what works for you.

Once you’ve started your journey towards self-care and a healthy lifestyle, you’ll be encouraged to keep going! Remember that your health is a blessing during your adoption process; one that deserves care and attention.

Posted in Adoption journey, Adoption Prayer | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Watch: Young Mom Shares at Her Church Why She Chose Adoption

16 years ago, Sierra chose to make an adoption plan for her baby. At a recent service at her church for mothers, she recently shared with the congregation why she chose adoption for her unborn baby. Her testimony is powerful! You can watch it here.

Sierra and her boyfriend found out she was pregnant when she was just 14 years old. They had no clue what to do, where to go, or how to tell anybody. One night, in total desperation, she prayed for the first time. She shares, “I pled to God that my secret would be revealed so this could all just go away.” The next morning, her mom discovered the truth when Sierra wasn’t able to button her pants anymore. At that point, Sierra realized that God had answered her prayer.

She canceled an appointment for an abortion because she just couldn’t go through with it. Because Sierra and her boyfriend were too young to raise a baby on their own, they began looking into adoption.

“Now I know it was God who answered my huge prayer, and who led us to choose the right family for [our daughter] and to not abort her,” Sierra says. Today, Sierra and her daughter’s father have not only met her, but they also know her and have a relationship with her.

You can watch a video of Sierra sharing her testimony with the congregation in this video:

The Story of a Mother’s Love from Magnolia Church on Vimeo.

This young woman’s testimony goes to show you the love that the Lord has for each and every one of us. If you’re facing an unplanned pregnancy, seek Him out and pray for the right answer.

Posted in Adoption Prayer, Adoption story, Unplanned pregnancy | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Christian Adoptive Couple Jonathan and Deborah’s Adoption Video

Christian adoptive couple Jonathan and DeborahChristian couple Jonathan and Deborah have been happily married for 16 years. They have three daughters and love to spend time together as a family, going on hikes and camping trips together in the summer.

Jonathan enjoys running in marathons, and Deborah is a stay-at-home mom and likes to bake and take pictures.

Jonathan and Deborah have three daughters; Joy is 15, Jubilee is 13, and Christa is one year old. They were blessed to have Christa enter their family through adoption at the end of March 2016. They look forward to keeping in contact with you over the years through letters, photos, and visits as they do with their daughter Christa’s birth mom. “We are Christians, and Jesus is the center of our lives,” share Jonathan and Deborah.

As a family, they love spending time together. Some of the things they enjoy doing together are going to church, going on vacation, road trips, camping, hiking, running, eating dinner together, and having family movie or game nights together.

Here’s Christian adoptive couple Jonathan and Deborah’s adoption video:

Alaska Adoptive Couple Jonathan and Deborah’s Adoption Video from Lifetime Adoption on Vimeo.

Visit Jonathan and Deborah’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.

Posted in Adoptive Couple Video | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Blessings on You This Mother’s Day

And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to His purpose.
– Romans 8:28

Christian adoptive mother and her son

We believe that Mother’s Day is more than simply a day for cards, breakfast in bed, flowers, and lunch reservations. Mother’s Day is a spiritual celebration that finds substantial support in Biblical principles and guidance.

But when you’re in the middle of your adoption wait, Mother’s Day may just feel like a painful reminder that you’ve not yet met the baby God meant for you. We want to help and bless adoptive mothers-in-waiting. Consider this prayer if Mother’s Day has you feeling down:

Dear Lord,
I pray for patience today, for the timing is yours for our adoption.

I pray for wisdom and guidance for what to do and when to do it and for acceptance of the fact you have my adoption all planned out already.

I pray for our child, their birth mother, and for special protection around them, you know where they are and what their needs are, I pray for those needs now.

I pray for the professionals that will help us find each other and for wisdom and discernment for them to do the work they need to help us. I trust you with our adoption. I place my fears at your feet and ask for comfort in my time of waiting.
In His Name Amen.

God Bless you and may Mother’s Day be a day of hope and joy for you, a mother in waiting. Stay strong; know we are praying for you and your adoption. God is faithful and loves you very much, and we do too!

Posted in Adoption, Adoption Prayer, adoption wait | Tagged , , , , | Leave a comment

Encouragement for Your Adoption Wait

prayer and encouragement for your adoption waitWait for the Lord; be strong and take heart and wait for the Lord.
-Psalms 27:14

We live in a fast-paced world that seems to only be getting faster. News from a faraway country used to take weeks or months to be delivered. Now it can arrive instantly via email. As we’ve grown faster, we’ve grown more impatient with waits, delays, or simply the time it takes to make something happen. If only adoption could be completed at lightning speed.

I challenge you to not view your adoption wait as a delay. Your mindset about this time will play a great role in how you walk through this journey and what you accomplish during these days. God has given you this time for a reason and your task is to use it for His purpose. Spend time in prayer discerning His plan for your days of waiting.

This adoption encouragement was excerpted from our Founder Mardie Caldwell’s newest book, Called to Adoption. This Christian adoption book is for couples who are seeking to learn about the miracle of families created through adoption.

Download Called to Adoption for Audible, Kindle, Nook, or Apple device by clicking the appropriate icon below:

audible-logo-300x128

Posted in adoption wait | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Enjoying the Presence of Our Savior With Creative Coloring

announcing a new Christian adult coloring book!The book Jesus Calling: Enjoying Peace in His Presence by Sarah Young has long been a favorite of ours. So, we were thrilled when the book’s creators announced a creative coloring and hand-lettering book! Tapping into your inner creativity while at the same time connecting to your faith is a wonderful activity you can do during your adoption wait.

Jesus Calling Adult Coloring Book: Creative Coloring and Hand Lettering contains selections from the book of scripture and quotes that you can enjoy hand letting. In the front of the book, there’s a tutorial on how to use this adult coloring book. Each lettering page has faint guidelines, along with beautifully detailed coloring pages.

Catch a glimpse of what this 100-page coloring book is like here: Jesus Calling (free download of one page).

Besides experiencing the beautiful, elaborate coloring book art, you can also learn the art of hand lettering. There are templates for hand lettering throughout the book, along with a simple step-by-step tutorial.

The new coloring book serves as an excellent reminder of His still, quiet voice in the middle of the busy modern world. Treat yourself to a moment of peace during your busy day! You can purchase this Christian adult coloring book at this link: Jesus Calling Adult Coloring Book: Creative Coloring and Hand Lettering

Posted in Adoption journey, Adoption Prayer | Tagged , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Christian Adoptive Couple Randy and Sarah’s Adoption Video

Hopeful adoptive couple Sarah and Randy are an adventurous, outgoing couple that love being outside, traveling and relaxing with family. They adopted their daughter Anya and are excited to add another little one to their family. Randy and Sarah are open to adopting a child of any race!

Their daughter Anya’s birth mother, DeMarla, says, “Not sure that words can fully describe how blessed I am to know Sarah and Randy! They are a perfect example of what it looks like to love and serve Christ wholeheartedly together as a couple. I never for a second doubted that they were the right family for Anya to belong. In fact, she fit right in and has brought more joy and love than I could have even imagined!  Sarah and Randy are wonderful, loving, and encouraging in every way and have been one of the many blessings in my life!”

Here’s Christian adoptive couple Randy and Sarah’s adoption video:

Visit Randy and Sarah’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.

Posted in Adoptive Couple Video | Tagged , , , , , | Leave a comment

Easter Blessings from Lifetime Christian Adoption

“Through Him you believe in God, who raised Him from the dead and glorified Him, and so your faith and hope are in God.”
-1 Peter 1:21

On this and every Easter, we rejoice with thanks for the renewal and hope given by God through the Risen Christ. Thus, we’re called to live a reflection of Jesus’ life: to be prayerful in gratitude, to lift others up in love, practice genuine faith, and determine God’s will as our own. Living as Christians means that we believe that God sent His only Son to be sacrificed for us and raised from the dead to free us of our bond in sin and to provide us eternal life with Him.

It is through Jesus Christ that God’s covenants have been proven to all believers.

Whether you’re walking through a time of celebration or trial, know that God’s promises are for you. Christ died for you and was born again for you. Even if you were the only person saved, God would have sent His Son for you. He loves you and desires good things for you, in heaven and on earth. When you practice your faith, you declare God’s promises through His Son’s journey on the cross. You confirm Christ’s life was meant so that you would walk with Him in hope, love, and joy.

May the hope, love, and joy of the Easter promise be yours today, and forever.

Posted in Adoption Prayer | Tagged , , | Leave a comment