Friday, February 11, 2011

How can we afford to adopt?

Adoption is expensive-really, really, really expensive when you look at it as a huge sum of money.  We don’t currently have the $30,000-$35,000 in our pockets that it will take to bring our sweet baby home.  At least once a month I hear from someone who tells me they’ve thought about adopting but simply could never afford it.  Let me just get it out there from the beginning: adoption is crazy expensive.  That is a sad but real truth.

We do not have the resources to give a child a family. We’re not pursuing this because we have tons of money saved up or because we have a large income according to American standards.  In fact, we don’t have all the money it will take to make an orphan our son or daughter.  We don’t have the resources, but God does.
“The silver is mine, and the gold is mine, declares the Lord of hosts.”  Hagai 2:8
We don’t have all of the money right now, but any money that we do have doesn’t really belong to us anyway.  All of it is His. One night early on in the “praying about maybe adopting” season, I woke up and had a couple of clear impressions from the Lord.  The first was that I felt Him whisper to my heart, “I will give.”  Not long after, I had this picture come to mind of a huge burlap bag up in the sky filled with coins that was getting poured out over our heads.  All of the money belongs to the Lord!  All impressions aside, His Word confirms this truth.
We don’t have any confidence in our ability to save enough or raise enough money to make this adoption happen.  Our confidence is in the God who owns all the gold and silver and can do with it as He pleases.  If He’s called us to adopt, we can rest knowing that He will somehow provide the funds.  If He is calling you to adopt, you can rest assured that He will provide for you, too!

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6 Responses to “How can we afford to adopt?”

  1. God had me praying for you about this very thing today, friend! Isn't that cool?

    I will continue to pray.

  2. Katie, I just love your faithfulness to what God has called you to. You know He has called you to adopt - and your walking in that allowing Him to provide as it unfolds and when it unfolds. Your just being faithful. I think by that God is well pleased!

    Love ya!!

  3. Katie ~ how exciting that the Lord is calling you and Josh to do this. Just remembering back right before we were going to be flying to New Orleans to get Nate I asked Dan, "So... how are we paying for this?" Two days before we were going to be picking up our son we didn't have the funds to cover the expense. But the Lord is overflowing in kindness and He has limitless resources and servants that are willing to sacrifice and give. The Lord bless you!

    loves ~ Judy Morse

  4. Thanks for sharing, Katie. I'll be praying that God will continue to provide as you follow him on this path!

    Love that picture of our dear friends! It reminds me of the pictures of you guys leaving your wedding reception. You haven't changed a bit! Josh has a tiny bit more hair, though. :)

  5. Praying for God to provide for your adoption!

  6. I amen that again and again ;)