Monday, February 20, 2012

Choosing to See

This past summer sitting by a lake I began reading the book "Choosing to See" by Mary Beth Chapman. I devoured it in two days. It is basically the story of her life from marrying Steven Curtis Chapman, to stories about their biological children, and stories about their adoption of three little girls from China. It also talks about the tragic loss of one of those little girls, Maria. This book displays Mary Beth's wrestling with God, not just in the loss of Maria, but in many things throughout her life. At the same time it shows her devotion and love for her Savior. I took many things away from this book, but the two things that struck me most were, one, the Chapman's did not journey through their adoption alone. They depended on family and friends to support them, pray for them, encourage them, and with one of their adoptions their best friends even journeyed with them through the adoption of their own little girl. The second was that through each of their adoptions the Lord used them to lead and encourage others to walk the path to adoption too. This became my prayer. One, that Scott and I would not walk this alone, and two that it would have it's ripple effect on our circle of friends and family. We have already witnessed the Lord answer both of these requests. Shortly after sharing with a few close people about our adoption a couple from church cornered us and shared that they were in the beginning stages of adoption too, answer to prayer request number one. Then as time went on we had one family member share with us their plans to foster-to-adopt and a few other people have asked us to pray for them as they sense the Lord may be moving them toward adoption too...the ripple effect.

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