I’m so excited to have Kristin here on the blog today. She and I connected over writing and adoption. Our momma’s hearts share a burden for women who are adopting….praying for them peace. I was privileged to be a part of her amazing new book – Peace in the Process. I shared how my faith grew during our process. Below is part of her story.
Because of the infertility wilderness that led my husband and me to adoption, the process to adopt a second time was much different than the first. I started gathering paperwork to update our home study. I didn’t have to start from scratch this time and I knew a little more of what to expect. The emotions were fewer and the urgency less this time. Yes, the desire was there, but we didn’t have the same kind of time to dwell on it as we lived life with our daughter who was about to turn two.
At that time I studied “A Woman’s Heart” by Beth Moore with some ladies at church, learning about the Israelites’ experience building the Tabernacle and drawing parallels to the ways God dwells in his believers. God wanted the earthly Tabernacle to be a replica of a heavenly plan, so much so He instructed the Israelites how to build things, where to put them, and how to decorate them. Yes, our God is someone who appreciates and notices details. Even knowing what God had done for us through my first-born daughter’s adoption, I clung to Beth Moore’s words:
“God is detailed. He is not a God of generalities. He is a God of individuality. Do not let Satan convince you that God is not actively involved in the intricate design of your life. God has not missed a single stitch or left a stone unturned on your behalf; furthermore, His activity in the details of your life most often displays His glory and beauty.”
The same God builds families. He has different ways of doing so, but He’s the master planner of them all. And God has been in the business of making families for many generations. Beth Moore commented in one of the Bible study videos that every time God makes childlessness an issue in the Bible as He did with Elizabeth, Hannah and Sarah, He is preparing his people for a miracle.
Pregnancy comes easily to so many people – some of whom take the life inside of them for granted. But Beth Moore gave me new perspective on this: This thing that comes so naturally to some came supernaturally to my husband and me. I was chosen to become a mom this way and in the process witnessed God’s glory in a unique way.
Like Elizabeth said in Luke 1:25, “The Lord has done this for me.” I wondered how I would see God’s glory the next time.
The rest of the story is God led us our son’s birth mom a few months after we started updating our paperwork for a second adoption. He was born in November 2009. And then God surprised us with a third adoption in 2015. I tell these stories – and more – in my new book, “Peace in the Process: How Adoption Built My Faith & My Family,” which is available in paperback and Kindle versions on Amazon. This post is a slightly edited excerpt from that book.
Kristin believes in seeking God as the author of every story and loves swapping these stories with friends on her porch. She lives in Murray, Kentucky, with her husband and three kids and shares stories at kristinhilltaylor.com.
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