From Naomi: “This shouldn’t take long!” I thought. We had just received our homestudy approval. Our list of situations, behaviors, and needs that we could not handle was not extensive, and we were looking for a sibling group to keep together.
For months, I anxiously checked my texts, compulsively refreshed my email, and answered every phone call as if it was the one!
For months, we made every decision based on our child(ren) coming home! We waited and prayed. Countless inquiries and phone interviews and the deepest parts of our lives revealed to strangers across the country.
When we began our adoption adventure, I had numerous misconceptions – beginning with “this shouldn’t take long!” Our son came home 18 long months later. For some, 18 months is less than half their wait. Some parents wait years for their precious child(ren).
Wherever you are in your wait – whether you have just begun, or have been at this for years – I want to encourage you, today. Waiting is not easy, but it is purposeful. This season of waiting isn’t the intermission. God doesn’t set your situation aside, working in some abstract place while you develop patience. No, rather, the wait is an intricate part, a time specifically designed by God, for us to draw close to Him.
Yes, our hearts are longing for our child(ren)! It is hard to have holidays and special moments and even just weekends pass without word. Acknowledging how challenging this is – how heartbreaking a failed match is – is healthy. But we must guard against becoming so engrossed in the wait that we miss the present.
When we grab ahold of the present, and intentionally use it to accomplish the will of God in our everyday moments, we bring Him glory and prepare the way for our child(ren)’s homecoming! There are ways we can practically prepare, and things we can do to develop habits that will help us in our relationships with God, our spouse, our family, and friends.
In my book, “Don’t Waste Your Wait: Embracing the Journey of Bringing Your Child Home,” I talk about eight ways that we can utilize our wait. We can be good stewards of the wait – and in doing so, fully embrace every step of the journey.
I am so excited about the message of this book, that I am holding a giveaway! There is a link for entering the giveaway at the bottom of this post! You can also sign up for my email list, to receive encouragement right to your inbox. As a thank you, you will receive the first chapter of “Don’t Waste Your Wait” for free!
While written specifically to families who are waiting to adopt, my prayer is that the words of the book will bring hope and encouragement to anyone who is awaiting the fulfillment of a promise from God!
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I am praying for you, friend. That God shows up in ways you couldn’t even imagine. That He speaks peace and provision and comfort and encouragement. That through His mighty grace, you are empowered to wait well!
“However motherhood comes to you, it’s a miracle.” Valerie Harper