1. Choose life and value the sacredness of the precious life they are carrying.
“I call heaven and earth to witness against you today, that I have set before you life and death, blessing and curse. Therefore choose life, that you and your offspring may live, loving the Lord your God, obeying his voice and holding fast to Him, for He is your life and length of days.” – Deut. 30-19-20
2. Awe in knowing their baby is loved and known by God Himself.
“For You formed my inward parts; You knitted me together in my mother’s womb. I praise You, for I am fearfully and wonderfully made. Wonderful are Your works; my soul knows it very well. My frame was not hidden from You, when I was being made in secret, intricately woven in the depths of the earth. Your eyes saw my unformed substance; in Your book were written, every one of them, the days that were formed for me, when as yet there was none of them.” – Psalm 139:13-16
3. Salvation from their sins and trust in the Lord as their Savior if they don’t already know Him.
“If you confess with your mouth that Jesus is Lord and believe in your heart that God raised him from the dead, you will be saved.” – Romans 10:9
4. Wisdom as they seek the Lord’s will in choosing adoption or other options for their baby.
“Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding. In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths.” – Proverbs 3:5-6
5. God to supply their physical needs and provide peace & rest during this uncertain time.
“You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. In peace I will both lie down and sleep; for You alone, O Lord, make me dwell in safety.” – Psalm 4:7-8
6. Open hearts to listen to wise, godly advice from pastors, counselors, & our adoption facilitator.
“Listen to advice and accept instruction, that you may gain wisdom in the future. Many are the plans in the mind of a man, but it is the purpose of the Lord that will stand. What is desired in a man is steadfast love, and a poor man is better than a liar. The fear of the Lord leads to life, and whoever has it rests satisfied; he will not be visited by harm.” – Proverbs 19:20-23
7. Wisdom in setting up an adoption plan and choosing the right family for their baby.
“The heart of man plans his way, but the Lord establishes his steps.” – Psalm 16:9
8. Love and support from their family members and friends in seeking God’s best for the baby.
“Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and God of all comfort, who comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any affliction, with the comfort with which we ourselves are comforted by God.” – 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
9. Joy, peace, and strength as they follow through in their adoption decisions.
“Rejoice in the Lord always; again I will say, rejoice. Let your reasonableness be known to everyone. The Lord is at hand; do not be anxious about anything, but in everything by prayer and supplication with thanksgiving let your requests be made known to God. And the peace of God, which surpasses all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians 4:4-7
10. Favor in choosing us to raise their baby.
“Let Your work be shown to Your servants, and Your glorious power to their children. Let the favor of the Lord our God be upon us, and establish the work of our hands upon us; yes, establish the work of our hands!” – Psalm 90:16-17
11. Comfort, peace, and healing as they move ahead with the adoption and life without parenting their child.
“Since then we have a great high priest who has passed through the heavens, Jesus, the Son of God, let us hold fast our confession. For we do not have a high priest who is unable to sympathize with our weaknesses, but one who in every respect has been tempted as we are, yet without sin. Let us then with confidence draw near to the throne of grace, that we may receive mercy and find grace to help in time of need.” – Hebrews 4:14-16
12. Wisdom and skill for the doctors during prenatal care and delivery.
“For the Lord gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding; He stores up sound wisdom for the upright; He is a shield to those who walk in integrity, guarding the paths of justice and watching over the way of His saints.” – Proverbs 2:6-8
13. Health and safe delivery without complications or problems.
“The Lord bless you and keep you; the Lord make His face to shine upon you and be gracious to you; the Lord lift up His countenance upon you and give you peace.” – Numbers 6:24-26
14. Physical, emotional, developmental, and spiritual growth with God and man.
“And the child grew and became strong, filled with wisdom. And the favor of God was upon him.” – Luke 2:40
15. Faith in Jesus as his/her Savior at a young age.
“But as for you, continue in what you have learned and have firmly believed, knowing from whom you learned it and how from childhood you have been acquainted with the sacred writings, which are able to make you wise for salvation through faith in Christ Jesus.” – 2 Timothy 3:14-15
16. Learn to love God’s Word and diligently memorize it.
“I have stored up Your Word in my heart, that I might not sin against you.” – Psalm 119:11
17. Desire to follow the Lord and serve Him his/her whole life.
“O God, from my youth you have taught me, and I still proclaim your wondrous deeds. So even to old age and gray hairs, O God, do not forsake me, until I proclaim Your might to another generation, Your power to all those to come.” – Psalm 71:17-18
18. Be a light to unbelievers, especially in sharing his/her adoption story.
“Posterity will serve Him; future generations will be told about the Lord. They will proclaim His righteousness, declaring to a people yet unborn: He has done it!” – Psalm 22:30-31
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19. Strength and patience as we wait for the Lord’s perfect timing to match us with a baby.
“Even youths shall faint and be weary, and young men shall fall exhausted; but they who wait for the Lord shall renew their strength; they shall mount up with wings like eagles; they shall run and not be weary; they shall walk and not faint.” – Isaiah 40:30-31
20. As we prepare our hearts & home for our baby, we will also look to the Lord’s return.
“In My Father’s house are many rooms. If it were not so, would I have told you that I go to prepare a place for you? And if I go and prepare a place for you, I will come again and will take you to Myself, that where I am you may be also.” – John 14:2-3
21. Trust for the Lord to provide financially and that He would bless our fundraising efforts.
“And my God will supply every need of yours according to his riches in glory in Christ Jesus.” – Philippians. 4:19
22. Surrounded by friends & family who support us through encouragement, generosity, and prayer.
“For the ministry of this service is not only supplying the needs of the saints but is also overflowing in many thanksgivings to God. By their approval of this service, they will glorify God because of your submission that comes from your confession of the gospel of Christ, and the generosity of your contribution for them and for all others, while they long for you and pray for you, because of the surpassing grace of God upon you.” – 2 Corinthians 9:12-14
23. Growth & enjoyment in the blessings of life, marriage, and ministry, not simply waiting for the day when we are blessed with children.
“For everything there is a season, and a time for every matter under Heaven…For there is a time and a way for everything.” – Ecclesiastes 3:1, 8:6b
24. Our adoption story to show God’s love in adopting us into His family.
“In love He predestined us for adoption as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of His will, to the praise of His glorious grace, with which He has blessed us in the Beloved.” – Ephesians 1:4b-5
25. Desire to see God glorified in the greatest way when He brings about our adoption.
“That Christ may dwell in your hearts through faith—that you, being rooted and grounded in love, may have strength to comprehend with all the saints what is the breadth and length and height and depth, and to know the love of Christ that surpasses knowledge, that you may be filled with all the fullness of God. Now to Him who is able to do far more abundantly than all that we ask or think, according to the power at work within us, to Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, forever and ever. Amen.” – Ephesians 3:17-21
26. Quick bonding and attachment with our baby.
“Can a woman forget her nursing child, that she should have no compassion on the son of her womb? Even these may forget, yet I will not forget you. Behold, I have engraved you on the palms of my hands.” – Isaiah 49:15-16a
27. Sensitivity to our baby’s unique needs & interests (developmental, physical, spiritual, emotional, educational)
“Train up a child in the way he should go; even when he is old he will not depart from it.” – Proverbs 22:6
28. Faithfulness in teaching our children about the Lord.
“Father, do not provoke your children to anger, but bring them up in the discipline and instruction of the Lord.” – Ephesians 6:4
29. Faithfulness in serving the Lord as a family.
“Now therefore fear the Lord and serve Him in sincerity and in faithfulness. And if it is evil in your eyes to serve the Lord, choose this day whom you will serve…But as for me and my house, we will serve the Lord.” – Joshua 24:14-15
30. Diligence in continuing to live out our family’s godly legacy.
“In You our fathers trusted; they trusted, and You delivered them. To You they cried and were rescued; in You they trusted and were not put to shame.” – Psalm 22:3-4