Saturday, May 30, 2009

Adoption Through the Eyes of A Child


Caleb, giving his toys, sharing his love!


Tucking my 4 year old into bed, we snuggled and prayed. Bedtime brings a sweetness to the surface and spills into my heart. The other night, we talked about adoption, our adoption, and began to dream. With a sparkle in his eye, he told me his plan.

Mommy, when we bring our children home from Ethiopia, we'll teach them about Jesus. Then, when they grow up they will go back to Ethiopia and share Jesus with their family. Everyone in their family will know about Jesus and tell everybody else. The whole country will know about Jesus so they will have to be missionaries and go to other countries.

My young son, I never quite looked at adoption in this way, through the faith filled eyes of a child. I've heard it said "adoption won't change the world, but it will change the world for a child." Maybe, just maybe, both are true.
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36 comments:

Mich said...

Beautiful.

Children have the biggest hearts. My daughter has been fasinated with Asia since she was little. She is twelve but tells me often that one day she is going to adopt a little girl from China. "I can make a differnce in that little girl's life." When your children say beautiful things like that, it is like receiving a "hug" from heaven.

Enjoy being "hugged."

Sarah Dawn said...

Hugs from heaven, exactly my friend!

*Overflowing* said...

You have a very wise little one!! Ooohhh....I get so excited at the thought of our little one's rocking the world for Jesus!! Go get em baby...go get em!!!

Daveda said...

"Faith like a child: What a beautiful vision!

Amber said...

That is precious. LOVE THAT!!

Thanks for stopping by ye olde blogge! I love making new friends!!! :) My sister, MICH, has been telling me about you! So it is great to "meet" you!!

I'll be back!

Your family is beautiful. And what you're doing is beautiful. As a former MK, my heart is on the mission field.

Lori said...

Sounds like your son may have a prophetic gift. He certainly knows how to catch the vision of evangelism...and think BIG! I love it.

I have a sweet Christian friend who adopted an older child recently from Ethiopia...long story short, things aren't going so well. They are having a very rough time. Since your heart is in Ethiopia, if you think of my friend (Kelli), please pray for their situation.

Thanks.

He And Me + 3 said...

I sure hope that he is right. That would be wonderful if all adoptions worked out like that. What a ministry. I never thought of it that way either. Your son has a vision...
Thank you for popping by my blog today. I love your blog!

AtlantaMama said...

Lovin' this!! WOW!! Awesome!

Joye @ The Joyeful Journey said...

Oh this is just awesome!! To hear those words from a little child! Yes! Yes! In Jesus' Name! Caleb is fulfilling what the prophet Joel said, "You're sons and daughters will prophesy..." We're standing with you, little Caleb!

Always a Southern Girl said...

What a beautiful thing! Sharing Jesus love!

twofinches said...

What a depth your son possesses! Your posts are always special to me!

conarnold said...

Thank you for your comment on my blog, and I'm glad to read your posts here. How much better the world would be if we all had a child like faith like your son's!

Joy in The Truth said...

I love this! As I said before, I think your Joshua and my Gabrielle have the same heart for orphans and the Lord. She prays every night for God to lead us to adoption if that is His will for our family. We have told her that we trust God to make that clear for us if it is His will for our family. Until then, we take care of orphans in other ways.

God is so good. Thank you for sharing the heart of your precious.

"He tends His sheep like a shepherd. He gathers the lambs in His arms and carries them close to His heart. He gently leads those who have young." Isaiah 40:11

Dani Joy said...

Thanks for coming over to visit. I had to come see where you were a missionary! I am excited to have met you.

This post is so sweet. Our children can catch our vision and sometimes we have to catch theirs. What a wonderful way to look at adoption!

Amy said...

Sarah,
Wonderful blogpage! I have been enjoying reading the last 5 blogposts of yours! Your two sons, Joshua and Caleb, look truly like wonderful kids.

It is truly beautiful that you and your husband are working on adopting two from Etheopia. This picture of one of them giving Caleb a toy is a treasure.

Honestly, when I am married someday (first have to recognize the man Father places into my life and fall in love with him), if for whatever reason I cannot biologically have children (which I most certainly hope isn't the case), I will adopt. I believe it is such a beautiful thing to adopt one into the family.

My mother was a Social Worker and for a season worked to help parents adopt foster children. I saw, through her, the entire spiritual connection Earthly adoption has on a family (wonderful!!) and how this relates to Father's adoption of us by our faith and relationship with Jesus.

Anyways, I have added your page to my Feed Reader, and have also added you to my Blogroll!

Blessings,
~Amy :)

christy rose said...

Sarah,
This is so very sweet. It is just amazing to me how early children understand spiritual things. They are so much more aware than we realize. Thanks for sharing this. It really touched my heart.
Christy

Rhonda said...

Hi, thanks so much for stopping by my blog! It is so nice to meet you! Wow adopting two from Ethopia...that is awesome! That is so touching the heart your son has for the Lord!

I love your header and your blog. I will be back! Thanks again for coming by!

E @ Scottsville said...

Well, it's nice to meet you, too!!! Wondering what friend you found me through. =0)

Ahhh, adoption! I have two adopted brothers myself... so I remember all of it well!

Hope to see you around again.

Joyful Mom said...

So happy to hear that you are all doing well after such an emotional time. Wow--those of priceless words out of the mouth of your babe. So precious, so priceless, such joy to your mommy heart.
We recently baptized our older two sons. What an incredible moment. I so understand every feeling and emotion that goes with our children making such a big decision for Jesus.
Praying you are getting some much needed rest after your whirlwind time in the USA.

Sending you huge hugs and many blessings.

God's Girl said...

Oh... I, too, love those moments at bed time when we get to hear what's on the hearts of our children. Your little guys has such a sweet heart in wanting others to know Jesus! I love it!

Thank you for your sweet encouragement! You bless me with your kind words!

love you,
Julie

Jenn said...

The wisdom of children absolutely astounds me. From such a young age, they can grasp spiritual truths that many adults struggle with.

What sweet words for a mother's heart. He'll do some great things for God someday!

Hugs,
Jenn

Jill said...

I love the faith and honesty of a child! I often think that we (adults) make things SOOOO complicated! We've so much to learn from our little ones!!! God has BIG PLANS for your little guy!! AND your waiting Ethiopian kiddos!!

Andrea said...

What a precious post. GOD BLESS YOU!! I found you through Kat's blog (Heart 2 Heart).

andrea

http://arise2write.blogspot.com
http://andrealuvsallgodscreatures.blogspot.com

Stephanie @ My Answered Prayer said...

How sweet is that!!!! I love to see the Lord work through children!

HiHoOhio said...

blessings to you. thanks for finding me and your dear, kind words. I know God is holing me tight through this process of recovery and patience. In Him, Peace with you sister!

Raye Ann said...

I love the old saying "Out of the mouth of babes." They can see things in ways our tainted eyes and hearts cannot.

Blessings

Martha said...

Awwwwww, how precious!! Thank you for sharing this sweet story with us, I'm teary :*) children are such a blessing from God!!

Sue said...

Kids are so insightful sometimes it blows my mind! What a sweetie!

bp said...

That is just so sweet! What a great thought.

Ohilda said...

Absolutely beautiful! Oh yes, God is smiling BIG up there as the words of His little ones enlighten us.

Hugs,

Ohilda

Toia said...

That's lovely!! Very beautiful and thoughtful. Blessings to you and your family!!

Mrs. June Fuentes said...

Beautiful! Motherhood is definitely a gift and our influence is unmatched.

Have a great week building up your sacred home!

Many blessings...

Jayme said...

Thanks for your sweet comment on my blog. I have a son named Kaleb too! (we spell ours with a K) And we are praying diligently for twins from South Korea. If it's HIS will, that is. I know that after we get our girl from S. Korea, we hope to adopt again, either Ethiopia or Uganda.

I hope your journey is very blessed and it will be fun following you!

mimi said...

Hi! It's so nice to meet you as well! Thanks for leaving such a sweet comment. It will be fun getting to know you and follow your adoption journey!! You have a very sweet family:)

Quinne said...

Sarah, this is precious - and what a lovely idea! It sounds like your little man is growing a loving heart. Love & hugs, Q

Jo Princess Warrior said...

This is absolutely gorgeous. I have learnt so much about my King through my sons. xoxo