Wednesdays with Jillene: Adopted Children

Many of you know I am a mom to 6 children. And as such I have a WEALTH of experiences and stories I could tell you on what it means to be a mom.  I can tell you the good and the bad, the cute and the horrid, the highlights and the struggles.

There is so much I know about being a mom and yet so much that is a mystery. It still is a mystery how this amazing love and bond develops between mother and child(ren). It is a mystery to me how so much love can be felt for a child even before they are born.

But what amazes me more is thinking about parents who choose to adopt. It seems to me that those who become adoptive parents do so from a love so great that I am in awe of them. I have great admiration for the choices an adoptive family makes, for the sacrifices they make, for the love they grow, for the family they create with their adoptive child. A love and family not born of genetics but of choice.

And, when I think about it, I understand the desire for such love. Because I have received that love from God. The love of adoption.

Ephesians 1:5

God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ. This is what he wanted to do, and it gave him great pleasure.

God loved us so much that he made the choice to bring us into his family. God did so at great cost to himself. Jesus life, death and resurrection was so we could be ransomed, saved, and adopted. God loves us THAT much!

And I am so thankful for that love, for that saving grace, for that choice and plan that God made. That is an amazing love. A love that makes us God’s adopted sons and daughters.

As you think about that today, what does it mean to you to be adopted by God? How does that affect how you view yourself, how you live your life? How does it affect how you understand God’s love for you?



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