Adoption was something that we always supported but never really considered for our own family until recently, even though adoption had impacted both of our immediate and extended families. We were set on having two children, and we had also just come from a difficult season of Corey being 17 hours away for 7 months--training for a new job while Holly birthed our second son and raised both boys.
However, Corey felt the Lord's prompting to adopt after he had the same dream (that we were flying to Korea to pick up our adopted daughter) four nights in a row. This came to a shock to Holly as Corey never remembered any dreams, and in a matter of days he demonstrated a huge shift from "adopting isn't for us" to "I absolutely think we are being called to this, whatever the cost." Holly took time to process as her initial reaction was the loss of control and fear. However, we were willing to research and seek the prayer of others. Over the course of the next few weeks, we both felt God's leading in adoption. We met with our agency and found out we were only approved to adopt from 4 countries, South Korea being one of them. When examining the details of each country, South Korea best matched with our family.
Then we had a sermon at church that struck a chord with Holly's heart that made her go from hesitant obedience to a peace that she could trust God with whatever He had planned. Our pastor was teaching about responding to pain as he went through the Joseph story. He explained that we can respond to pain in two ways:
Hurt--Hate--Hurt: We can be hurt, allow our hearts to hate, and hurt others as Joseph’s brothers did
Hurt--Heal--Healer: We can be hurt, allow our hearts to heal, and become a healer/provider as Joseph did
We are overly simplifying the message here, but that teaching changed something in Holly's heart. Her pain was not from a person, but from the partial molar pregnancy that resulted in miscarriage a year and a half prior. She felt that she had healed well through that journey (by the grace of God) and that He really was calling their family to provide a healing environment for another one of His children. He was saying, “I took care of you, now I want you to take care of someone else.” Sitting there in that dark auditorium, Holly finally and whole-heartedly understood that they were being called to adoption. At that moment, she surrendered her heart (and plans) and was willingly obedient.
Fast forward to now: God has continued to reveal His sovereignty and goodness since we first met with our agency. In February 2019, we were matched with a beautiful little girl!
As we wait to take custody, we continue to pray for her, her birth mother who showed ultimate bravery when deciding to place her for adoption, and we pray for her foster family who continues to provide great care for her. We praise God for His goodness in this journey.
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