Praising the Lord, Even on Bad Days

Lifetime Christian Adoption’s Founder Mardie Caldwell has a favorite devotional book, Jesus Calling by Sarah Young. From time to time, we cite passages from this book to help you on your adoption journey. Today’s passage is actually from Sarah Young’s “Jesus Today for Kids.”

This beautifully moving and thought-provoking message reminds us to praise the Lord even on our most challenging days during the adoption wait:

“You have so many blessings in your life that sometimes you take them for granted. You may start to see only the things you don’t have, instead of all the things you do have—and then you miss My Joy completely.

I love it when you praise Me on good days, but I especially treasure your praises when you’re having a terrible day. Why? Because I know that on those days, you’ve searched hard to find Me and My blessings.”

Jesus Calling for Kids passage

“Let them give thanks to the Lord for His love and for the miracles He does for people. Let them offer sacrifices to thank Him. With joy, they should tell what He has done.”
—Psalm 107:21–22

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How To Break The News of Your Pregnancy To Your Family

unplanned pregnancy as a Christian womanTelling your parents that you’re pregnant can be a very stressful experience. As Christians, they likely expected you to wait until marriage.

When you tell them that you’re pregnant, they may say things they don’t mean. That’s because this is a shock to them. The first reactions your parents might have could range from being upset and disappointed to being downright angry.

Here are 4 tips to help you get through the “I’m pregnant” conversation:

1. Do Some Serious Thinking First
Do this before you talk with your parents and answer their questions. Are you ready become a mom? How do you feel about making an adoption plan? If you’re unsure, try asking yourself these 4 questions:

  • Are you ready for the responsibilities that come with being a mom?
  • Do you want to be a parent right now?
  • Is your baby’s father involved and ready to help you out?
  • Can you financially care for a child?

Once you know a bit more about how you feel, it’ll be easier to talk with your parents about your feelings and choices.

2. Find the Right Timing and Place
Saying that you’re pregnant over dinner in a busy restaurant isn’t the best time or place to reveal your news! So that you can have a calm and loving chat with your parents, pick a time and place that gives you privacy and the time to talk.

Pick a location that lets you freely express yourself without having to worry about strangers overhearing.

3. Remain Calm and Patient
If telling your parents you’re pregnant will come as a surprise, don’t be shocked if they’re upset. Stay calm and be patient as you wait for your news to sink in. Show them that you’re mature and ready to cope with the decision you make regarding your baby, and they can come to terms with the situation quicker.

4. Set Another Time to Talk
Don’t expect that you’ll be able to talk about this just once and then leave it alone. The first conversation you have with your parents about your unplanned pregnancy might not go as you wanted it to. Maybe you got interrupted, or emotions were too intense.

By scheduling another time to talk, your pregnancy news will have had time to sink in. Hopefully, everyone can begin the second conversation more calmly; you’ll all have had a chance to think more about your options.

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Lifetime Christian Adoption’s Top 10 Blog Posts from 2017

In 2017, Lifetime Christian Adoption’s blog covered topics ranging from how to handle your adoption wait to birth mothers sharing why they chose adoption. We feel blessed to be able to bring you encouragement during your adoption journey, and we’ll strive to keep writing useful Christian content for our readers in the new year!

Here are Lifetime Christian Adoption’s top 10 posts of 2017:

#10: How to Create Calm Faith During Your Adoption Journey

Many times, stress during the adoption wait is due to frustration over your lack of control over the process. In this blog post, our Founder Mardie Caldwell shares that practicing having “calm” faith helped her during her adoption journey.

#9: 4 Questions to Ask When Thinking About Adoption for Your Child

Making an adoption plan for your baby or child is a hard decision.  But no matter what you decide, should know that God loves you for who you are. In this post, we share four questions to ask yourself if you’re thinking about adoption.

We encourage you to read the Word of God if you get discouraged in your adoption#8: Do All to the Glory of God

Taking care of yourself is so important. 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.

#7: How to Deal With a Crisis of Faith During an Unplanned Pregnancy

It’s common for Christian women who are pregnant unexpectedly to wonder if this truly is a part of God’s plan for their lives. Our #7 blog post of 2017 shares useful tips you can follow if you find yourself in this situation.

#6: Let Jesus Lead Your Adoption Journey

This blog post was written by Lifetime’s Founder Mardie Caldwell (pictured to the left with her son in the 80’s). Hear from Mardie about how the Lord had a plan for you beyond your imagination. During your adoption wait, your job is to be prepared, focused and ready for the time a child is presented.

#5: “Lifetime Turned My Unplanned Pregnancy Into a Gift from God!”

Our fifth most popular blog post features a sweet email from one of our birth mothers! Read about her adoption and delivery experience. “Thanks to Lifetime, my unplanned pregnancy was turned into a gift from God!” she says.

#4: Recommended Adoption Books (Plus a FREE Download!)

If you’re exploring adoption to start your family, books are a great place to start. Get Lifetime’s recommended adoption reading list. It has books that provide info on how to adopt a baby, as well as books to help children understand their adoption.

Read one woman's story of how she came to believe in God's love during her unplanned pregnancy#3: Believing in God’s Love During an Unplanned Pregnancy

If you’ve just gotten a positive pregnancy test, you might feel ashamed and guilty, and wonder if God still loves you. This blog post, written by a birth mother, lets you know of the Lord’s unconditional love for you, even if you’ve turned against His way.

#2: Praying for Adoption With Confidence

Prayer will be your foundation as you make decisions and plans in every step of the adoption process. God desires to help you in every aspect of your life.  Your part is to accept the blessings provided to you by Our Lord and seek direction from His Church to know His will in building your family.

Discover what the Lord has to say about adoption#1: What Does the Bible Say About Adoption?

Our top Christian blog post of the year goes into depth about what the Holy Scriptures say about adoption. Take a look at God’s view of a family unit and His plan for children!

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A Christmas Prayer for Adoption

“…the angel said to them, ‘Do not be afraid. I bring you good news that will cause great joy for all the people. Today in the town of David a Savior has been born to you; He is the Messiah, the Lord.'”
-Luke 2: 10-11

Christmas Blessings from Lifetime!We wish you the love, happiness, and peace that the true meaning of Christmas brings! Lifetime Christian Adoption’s offices will be closed on Christmas Day. However, we’ll remain available 24/7 for birth mothers, and for adoptive families who have urgent updates on their adoption match: 1-800-923-6784.

We’re hopeful that the coming year reveals the next step toward realizing your heart’s greatest desire, parenthood. Lifetime continues to pray for each and every one of you. We understand that the holidays can be a difficult time, whether you’re thinking about adoption for your baby or faithfully waiting to match.

Here’s our Christmas prayer for you:

Lord, we celebrate and honor You during this season of Christmas. We choose to put You at the center of our lives as we observe Your birth. Keep us from being distracted and help us to invite You into our lives. Help us to worship You during this busy time of year. Give us wisdom so that we might know You better. Help us to be kind to each other and forgive one another, just as You forgave us. Teach us acts of kindness for those in need.

Open our eyes and our hearts so that we might be enlightened, and know the hope you’ve called us to. In Jesus’ name, Amen.

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Discover Christian Adoption Via Audible

Learn about Christian adoption on Audible!If you’ve just started to answer the Lord’s call to adopt, you might be wondering where to start. A great place to start learning about adoption is by reading the top Christian adoption book, Called to Adoption: A Christian’s Guide to Answering the Call.

You’re able to listen to this adoption book for FREE on Audible!

Right now, Audible has a promotion running through the end of 2017. You can get a three-month trial of Audible for $4.95 a month. This is a great promo to take advantage of, because Audible usually charges $14.95 a month! You’re able to use one credit a month for any audiobook you’d like, regardless its price.

The best part is, the book Called to Adoption is yours to keep, even if you come to find that Audible isn’t for you! That means you can continue learning about Christian adoption, even after cancelling your Audible account. You can learn more at Audible.com.

Called to Adoption is full of useful tips and beautiful adoption stories! Many have found it helpful to hear from Christian adoptive couples who have recently been through an adoption journey. This book was written by an adoptive mother, adoption expert, and CEO of Lifetime Adoption Mardie Caldwell. It gives valuable resources and tips for every hopeful adoptive parent.

You’re able to hear Called to Adoption on Audible from wherever you are! Whether you’re exercising, driving to work, or making dinner, you can multi-task and learn about how modern, open adoption works at the same time!

Get your copy of Called to Adoption today by going to Audible.com.
Or, simply click the image of the book’s cover below:

Called to Adoption on Audible

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Christian Adoption Update – “God totally knows what He’s doing!”

The staff at Lifetime Christian Adoption feels blessed to be able to share this touching adoption update that Christian adoptive couple Steve and Erin sent in:

Christian adoptive couple Steve and Erin with their children“Hello Patty and Libby!

Time has flown by so fast! We just can’t believe that Jude is already two and a half! In some ways though, it feels like it’s been so long since our ‘waiting days’ – now that God has completed our family, those days that were so so hard to live through, are now behind us! And best of all, we can look back and see that everything happened exactly in God’s perfect timing (of course!). Even though we wanted to speed everything along, He had the right plan for us, and looking at our beautiful children makes us realize that our wait was necessary for God to bring each of them to us! How wonderful to have the blessing of hindsight now (if only I’d been more patient back then! I could have saved myself a lot of worry and longing!

Sometimes I look back at the whirlwind of Jude’s birth and wonder how we made it through. What a crazy time! But also wonderful! We were able to have a wonderful bonding time with little Jude as he was stuck in the NICU for almost two weeks. Fast forward two and a half years and you’d never know he was a tiny 4-pound baby!

Steve and Erin's son, JudeHe’s so big now, and all boy. Our house used to be all princesses and glitter, but Jude has come in and taken over. Somehow everything has turned into a lightsaber or blaster gun. He can be quite the little stinker, but he’s so cute that his sisters always forgive him right away. The three of them together are just precious – God totally knows what He’s doing!

We just want to thank all of you at Lifetime!! We are so grateful for everyone who came alongside us during our journey! And I just want to give hope to all of those waiting families – we’ve been there, and if you can trust God to provide, you will come out seeing just how awesome His perfect plan is! We pray for the waiting families and sweet birth mamas often. Love and gratitude to you all!”

 

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!
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3 Ways to Embrace Advent As You Wait to Adopt

 “For to us a child is born, to us a son is given, and the government will be on his shoulders. And he will be called Wonderful Counselor, Mighty God, Everlasting Father, Prince of Peace.”

– Isaiah 9:6

Discover how to embrace the advent during your adoption wait

The stores have been decorated for Christmas for weeks, and your Facebook feed is full of pictures of kids sitting on Santa’s lap. As a waiting adoptive parent, the Christmas season may be extra emotional. You’re dreaming of the days when your child makes a wish list and rips open their presents. You imagine them shouting out “look at this”, and as well as all the activities that make family traditions.

At the same time, you’re surrounded by parents who have all of your dreams as their reality. During your journey to parenthood, turn your attention to the Lord. Although everyone is getting ready to celebrate Christmas Day, the real Christian season that is about to begin is Advent.

The word “Advent” comes from a Latin word meaning “coming.” As Christians, we celebrate Advent as a time of joyful anticipation for the celebration of the Christ child.

As a waiting adoptive parent, you’re also in a season of “advent,” in that you’re praying, hoping, and longing for the joyful day that you welcome home your child. So perhaps as Christians, the best way to “survive the Holidays” while you’re waiting to adopt is to embrace Advent. As you prepare for your future child by updating your home study, attending webinars, and getting the nursery ready, it’s important to also spiritually prepare for the coming of Christ and for parenthood.

Here Are Three Ways To Embrace Advent:

  1. Care for Your Soul

In our culture, the holidays can be stressful and over-stimulating. We taste, see, hear, and smell Christmastime in one way or another. At the same time, the Lord asks us to “Be still and know I am God”.

Care for your soul by taking time for yourself: go someplace quiet and pray in silence. There are many advent books available, which give you daily reflections that you can use as guidance for prayer. Once you take a moment like this every day, you’ll feel peace and gain the strength in your heart to really appreciate your “present.”

  1. Volunteer

Opportunities to volunteer and to give are advertised everywhere this time of year. Giving back gives people joy, regardless of their struggles or stage of life. Consider collecting toys for children in need, volunteering at a soup kitchen, or visiting a nursing home. Let your spirit be lifted by giving more of yourself.

  1. Start an Advent Tradition

Before you’re blessed by adoption, think about the advent and Christmas traditions you’d like to establish. These special traditions will create precious memories for many years.

Maybe your Advent tradition will be a calendar filled with chocolate or small toys, to be opened each day leading up to Christmas. An “Advent Wreath” is another tradition to consider, along with reading the Christmas story and a devotional.

Have faith during your adoption wait, and stay dedicated to the hopeful longing and joyful expectation you feel about the arrival of your child.

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Meet a Young Christian Couple in Texas Who Are Excited to Adopt!

Christian adoptive couple Dusty and Whitney from TexasDusty and Whitney have been blessed with two children and would love to adopt a third! They can’t wait for the opportunity to share family vacations and Saturday morning cartoon snuggles.

Dusty and Whitney live in a 4-bedroom house that’s filled with laughter and adventures in a family-friendly neighborhood. Their son, Justus, is five years old and is looking forward to being a big brother again. Their daughter, Taryn, is three years old and is a sweet-spirited little girl.

They share, “We will try our hardest to create a safe and fun environment for your child to grow. We promise to encourage their own unique talents and personality. We will do our best to help your child pursue their own dreams with passion. We will give your child a network of support, help when they need it, and independence when they are ready. Most of all, we promise to maintain open contact with you if you desire, and to cover your child with so much unconditional love.”

Here’s Christian adoptive couple Dusty and Whitney’s adoption video:

Young Christian Couple From Texas Hoping to Adopt a Baby Boy from Lifetime Adoption on Vimeo.

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

You can 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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Celebrate Adoption Month With an Adoption Prayer Bracelet!

“Rejoice always, pray continually, give thanks…”
-1 Thessalonians 5:16-18

Sale on Adoption Prayer Bracelets for National Adoption Awareness Month!Join Lifetime in celebrating National Adoption Awareness Month, with the purchase of an Adoption Prayer Bracelet! Right now, there’s an adoption jewelry promotion running in honor of adoption month.

Adoption Prayer Bracelets are a treasure for anyone who’s been touched by adoption. Plus, they make a beautiful prayer reminder! Each purchase supports the Lifetime Adoption Foundation, which helps mothers in need who are choosing adoption for a child, or who have already completed an adoption.

Right now, you can get $5 off any bracelet style with code HIFIVE. Visit AdoptionPrayerBracelet.com to browse for your favorite style and color.

The adoption bracelets are available in three different styles and multiple colors. Each one has an engraved charm which reads “My Adoption Prayer” on one side and “Pray without ceasing” from 1 Thessalonians 5:17 on the other. This bracelet is a special treasure for anyone who’s praying for adoption!

Just enter the coupon code HIFIVE when you check out at AdoptionPrayerBracelet.com, to get $5 off the bracelet style of your choosing!

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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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