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For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future.Jeremiah 29:11
God has a unique plan for you. In fact, he had plans for you even before you were born (Psalm 139:16). Every one of your days has already been written down in God’s playbook. Yes, you have free will to choose, but God already knows the choices you will make.
Hope and a future is waiting for each of you. It may not align with your vision for your life, but it lines up perfectly with God’s. His plan requires trust, though. Do you trust his plan enough to place your life entirely in the hands of God? If so, his future plans for your life await you.
What separates the female of every species from the male? The ability to conceive and bear children. God could have chosen to create his Son the same way he created Adam. Jesus would be formed from the dust of the ground and become a living being through the breath of God. Instead, God chose a woman. A woman who was not planning on being pregnant at that time. It was definitely an unexpected pregnancy.
If you are a woman discovering an unplanned pregnancy, trust that God has plans to give you hope and a future. This is not the event you expected in your life at this time, but it is now a part of your life’s story. Whether you’re single or perhaps married with other children, God has a plan for this situation. He promises “that in all things God works for the good of those who love him.” (Romans 8:28)
Ask God if parenting or adoption is part of his plan for your future. Is the baby you’ve conceived part of a bigger, different story? If so, trust him no matter whether it is to parent or place. If adoption is in your plans, He will lead you to the perfect family for you and your child. Remember, God’s plan is to give you hope and a future.
Whether you are looking at adoption to add to your family or a husband and wife dealing with the disappointment of infertility, God has a plan for you. Knowing his plan is the key to finding hope and a future.
Adoption is about building a family, not destroying one. Throughout the Bible, God created families through adoption. In addition, God calls us to build his church family through adoption. “In love, he predestined us to be adopted as his sons through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will.” (Ephesians 1:5)
If he has adoption for your family, remember the words of Job to God, “I know that you can do all things and that no purpose of yours can be thwarted.” If you are a family and want to add more children or a couple facing infertility, trust the future he has for you. No matter what, yield yourself to God’s plan. Your family may not look anything like you imagined. “Many are the plans in a man’s heart, but it is the Lord’s purpose that prevails.” (Proverbs 19:21) The Lord’s purpose is your hope and future.
Everyone is treasured in the heart of God. “They shall be mine, says the Lord of hosts, in the day when I make up my treasured possession, and I will spare them as a man spares his son who serves him.” (Malachi 3:17) Not only does he bring us eagerly into a spiritual family, but he also desires we have an earthly family. “God sets the lonely in families.” (Psalm 68:6) No one should ever be alone, without a family, in God’s eyes.
He knew each of you before you were even conceived. “Before I formed you in the womb I knew you, before you were born I set you apart.” (Jeremiah 1:5) After conception, he met with you in your mother’s womb. “For you created my inmost being; you knit me together in my mother’s womb. I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made.” (Psalms 139:13-14) After your birth, he rescued you. “For the wages of sin is death, but the gift of God is eternal life in Christ Jesus our Lord.” (Romans 6:23)
Clearly, we can see adoption is part of God’s master plan. He’s ordained it for us spiritually and yearns for us to have a physical family as well. Now is the time to pray and ask God if adoption is part of your future. Many children are waiting for forever families. Are you open to seeing a different family photo? Consider adoption.