There are certain moments in life when God completely wrecks us in the best way possible and we feel like for a second we’re able to see a glimpse of what heaven may feel like – complete surrender, total peace. Complete willingness to do whatever necessary to lay our lives down for his kingdom, for his say so, and in return, we are confident that there’s abundant joy waiting to embrace us with a peace of mind knowing He is all sovereign over everything. No fear, no anxiety, no evil, just supernatural rest in the Father’s arms. And this world as we know it vanishes. All that is left is the voice of the Lord, speaking to our thirsty hearts. His presence simply outweighs all.
We felt that, Zeke and I. We had that holy glimpse if you will. We had a moment where the Holy Spirit moved so loudly in our hearts, we knew there was nothing that was going to stand in our way between what God was calling our next move to be.
Our answer was yes. And then the how’s and what if’s came after that. It’s in those moments that you remember forever where you feel this tug between two worlds – this place and heaven. It’s like our flesh is screaming all the fears and the unknowns and the doubts and the circumstances and numbers, all while the Holy Spirit is softly nudging saying just come. Just trust. Just be willing. And leave never the same. Leave with this abundant life I have for you. One that will not just change her life, but yours and Zeke’s and Finn’s and Mosley’s and Jep’s and your families and your influence and all those who come in contact with your family. Because I am doing a new thing and I want to use you. I have called you. I have chosen you for this. Yes, it’s scary. Yes it’s hard. But that’s when I come in and my name is seen clearer through the trials. It’s where your trust is strengthened and your faith becomes something beautiful in its time. It’s where your family really comes to this place where you’ll live out a glimpse of how deep my love runs for you. And it was then, I knew. Our lives and my families life was going to change forever – in the most beautiful and humbling way possible.
What an incredible mind blowing honor. And all the praise goes to Him. The One who called us. I am available for Him and our answer is and will continue to be a resounding yes and amen.
So it’s with full and expectant hearts and only by the voice of the Lord that He has made it abundantly clear that we will be adopting a little girl from Colombia. Finn, Mosley, and Jep are getting a little sister and zeke and I are getting another daughter. My heart can’t find the words to adequately describe our emotions, and I don’t think I ever will. Adoption has never ever been something we’ve even talked about in our lives except for just always admiring those who are called. But then Jesus knew from the beginning what our family would look like, and it really just all makes sense to us now. We feel so boldly made for this. In all of the unknowns and the really scary things we will in no doubt endure during this long process, it just makes sense. It’s 100% from the heart of the Father and I find it so comforting that not only His call on our next was from His heart, but that it is His heart. Adoption is the heart of God and we get to see a small glimpse of that through our yes. He gently nudged our hearts to pray about it a year ago, and a few months ago it was so loud in our hearts that we knew it was right. It was our yes and His call. Our willingness to be available for anything, and His wanting to bless us. Well, the blessing has come and blown us away and landed in our hands turned upward, releasing all fears and praising the name above all names.
We are blown away that He would choose us to be her parents. We don’t know her yet, but we love her more than anything. And we absolutely cannot wait for the day we get to bring her home. forever.
Like I said, our answer to this calling felt like jumping off a cliff with your eyes closed, not knowing where the ground was or when it would come. It was scary and exciting and right. Just because your calling seems scary or impossible doesn’t make it wrong – sometimes it’s exactly what makes it right. There was a peace in us both amidst the unknown and that’s really what it comes down to for us. Our emotions and flesh will feed us doubt and fear all day long if we let it, but when our answer is just simply responding to the holy spirit with yes, then He takes care of the rest – no matter how big or small.
So, our why to this calling of adopting a little girl really just stems from Ephesians 3:20 “Now to Him who is able to do exceedingly, abundantly, more than we can ask, or think, according to the power that is at work within us.” We are expectant of miracles because we serve a God of miracles. We are expectant to be full of joy because our strength doesn’t rest in our trying, but is found to be complete in His joy. We are expectant to be so full that our life will pour over into not only her life, but so many others, because He who began a good work in us will carry it on to completion and John 10:10 promises that He came to give us life, in abundance, until it overflows. So, we are willing, and available, and ready for it all – the fear, the unknown, the struggle. the wait, the hard questions and judgements. Because through the valleys that we’ll pass through, come on the other side with it the sweetest pastures of abundant, overflowing life. This is our why, and to be able to do it under the leadership and alongside of my handsome husband and soon to be four children, my goodness, I can’t wait.
We are so honored to be sharing this journey with you and know we cannot do it alone. The community through you will give us the shoulder and faith to lean on when ours feels small. Thank you for that. In being fully transparent, our goal is to raise $40,000 as that is our estimated total cost of international adoption. We have been blessed to recieve a 6,000 dollar matching grant from Lifesong and LOVE100 adoptions funds. With that being said, we would love to ask you to pray about giving in any way financially that you feel would led and cannot thank you enough for helping us get one step closer to bringing her home. *All giving is tax deductible.
By His goodness, and with so much love, -The Walters Family
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