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Are You Adopted? Jenny Price, adoptive mom of twins

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You’re either adopted, or you’re not.  You’re either living as an adopted child of ABBA FATHER, or you’re not.  You’re (and I am) either embracing the abundant kingdom of God freedoms or you’re eating out of the dumpster.7dc87c0658a3f5cac442e8037d30381a

The security of our adoption has everything to do with God and his underling fatherly faithfulness, and it has a bit to do with our RECEIVING or our denial of our adoption security.

Romans 8: For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God.

15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons and daughters,

by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!”

We sent our son away this year.  He needed residential care.

The health of our home had been so deteriorated due to his traumatic past and his inability to cope.

We wished we could’ve kept it up, and done more than just survive.

We parents wish a lot of things for our kids, that parenthood and life do not guarantee or deliver on.

It’s been six months – and HE IS HEALING.  He is connecting more.  He is receiving love more readily.  He is living as an adopted son a little more than he was before.

7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God.

8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods.

So, our son, gets to live in “slavery” to fear, hopelessness, abandonment, and aloneness.

OR, he gets to claim the identity placed upon his life, by both God, and his adoptive family and home.

And it’s a challenging decision for him every day.

It is for us too – those of us who know Jesus and the vastness of the Father’s love.e972555e8531a56f6b4523df097c329c

It’s a moment by moment decision some days.

Ping Pong.  Back and forth.

Slavery. Freedom.

Abandonment.  Chosen-ness.

Far away from us.  Very close to us.  Snuggled against our hearts – healing from broken places and pieces that only he knows.  (and really, he can barely recall – who would want to dig up all that past messiness?)

Before he left, a man with two RAD kids spoke to Matt, my hubby, that Father in our home.  He said, I adopted two children.  But upon adoption of any child, that child gets to make a decision.

Sometimes it happens quickly, sometimes it happens with a lot of drudgery and fighting, and sometimes – yes, sometimes, it never happens how we want it too.

So Matt spoke to our son.  You’re about to leave to go to a place to heal.  We want what is best for you, and we simply cannot do more right now.  When we adopted you, we chose you and your sister.

WE CHOSE ADOPTION.  We wanted you and we still want you.  We loved you and we adore you now.

YET, you have not yet CHOSEN ADOPTION.  There is still a question mark on that gift for you.

You’re not sure.

You’re afraid for us to get too close.

You’re afraid to trust grown ups and seemingly empty promises – as all that before has been so empty – you fear life at its best.

The dumpster diving feels safer than the banquet table where Jesus lives and loves and lavishes his GOODNESS and HIS PLENTY.

We know all about those fears.  We live there too.  Asking God to show us his Fatherly love, and then choosing destructive patterns of our past to deny that love in our present day.

We battle daily to live as adopted children of the ONE TRUE KING – our ABBA FATHER who will never ever ever let us down.

We know the struggle son.  And yet, the choice is yours.  It’s on you –

do you want the adoption or do you want to live alone?

do you want to live as our chosen and adored and treasure son or do you want to live as unwanted?

do you want to live in the fullness of God’s best or do you want to fight for what you think is best?

do you want the fears to rule your life or do you want to fall into his lap, our laps, and be loved?

16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God,

17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ

THAT IS AMAZING!  So abundantly and over the top amazing!

We belong.

We belong to Jesus.

We are heirs of all of God’s best.

We are fellow heirs with God’s son Jesus.

We’ve been adopted.  Completely chosen by our gracious Father.

Will we live as if this is true?

Will we breathe in the hope of Jesus and the gifts of God and exhale them into our homes and into the lives of others?

Or will we settle – at the dumpster – for less than, for the pain and the past, and the ickiness and stench of being unwanted and not belonging to anyone but ourselves?

It’s a choice.  It’s on us.

It’s our son’s choice. It’s on him.

God adopted us, and we get to live as adopted kids or we get to live as hopeless, lost kids.

We adopted our son, and he gets to live and receive as adopted ones, or he gets to fight all of it, alone.

So, what will it be for you today?  Will you walk as the wanted, adopted, co heir of Jesus?

Or will you settle, and succumb to less than?

Our son will be home soon. We are hoping, believing, trusting, an

Galatians 4: But when the fullness of time had come, God sent forth his Son, born of woman, born under the law, 5 to redeem those who were under the law, so that we might receive adoption as sons. 6 And because you are sons, God has sent the Spirit of his Son into our hearts, crying, “Abba! Father!” 7 So you are no longer a slave, but a son, and if a son, then an heir through God. 8 Formerly, when you did not know God, you were enslaved to those that by nature are not gods.

Romans 8: For all who are led by the Spirit of God are sons of God. 15 For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” 16 The Spirit himself bears witness with our spirit that we are children of God, 17 and if children, then heirs—heirs of God and fellow heirs with Christ, provided we suffer with him in order that we may also be glorified with him.

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