Did you know that November is National Adoption Month? I never knew that until recently when I became friends with a group of fellow bloggers who were passionate about orphan care and adoption. At first I didn’t think I would fit in with them, after all I have never adopted any children and probably won’t in my life. But as I have gotten to know them, their hearts and their stories, my heart is drawn to help share their message.
A few weeks before I released my eBook, Kristin released hers. I have been deeply touched by her story of faith and having peace in a process that is so gut wrenching. Kristin has reminded me that when we follow Jesus, we have to rearrange our life… because
sometimes OK most of the time, His plans are greatly different and better than what we think we want or need.
For this month’s edition of Book Notes I have invited Kristin to share some of her story with you. I also want to encourage you to check out her new eBook, Peace in the Process: How Adoption Built My Faith & My Family. It is much more than just a story of adoption, it is a reminder of how God works in our lives according to His perfect plan.
When I was a kid, I used to love rearranging my bedroom furniture. Somehow I would manage to move the full-sized canopy bed, dresser, and bookshelf/drawer combo around the dark brown carpet all on my own. I’d avoid blocking the three windows that overlooked our backyard and the neighbor’s yard that diagonally separated my yard from my friend’s.
Even then, I liked order. For someone who has long been reluctant to embrace change, I have no idea why rearranging my bedroom furniture was appealing. Perhaps controlling the change was comfortable for my perfectionist ways.
I could fall asleep soundly with my bed in a different place, but anticipating a change in life I don’t have control over could keep me up at night.
Yet when we follow Jesus, we have to rearrange our life.
I heard that in a sermon in church one Sunday in February and I was taken back to pushing and pulling my furniture across the carpet.
I remember how I’ve dug in my heels so many times. I’ve stalled changes in life because I was afraid of what the new season would bring. I’ve resisted change because I wasn’t in control of what would happen next. I’ve said never to living where I live, accepting a job I didn’t think I wanted, quitting said job to be a stay-at-home mom, and enrolling my kids in a private school that turned out to be a perfect fit for us.
Never say never, I know.
Because Jesus may call me to lay down something or pick up something new or invite someone in or go against what I’ve always known or take steps into the unknown. God doesn’t leave us the same. He makes us new and continues making us new. He doesn’t leave us in the wilderness but changes us as we journey to the Promised Land.
These are lessons I learned in the two adoption processes that made me a momma after a hard season of infertility. Then I found myself relearning them when I had to lay down my desire to adopt a third time.
Since I let go of pursuing a third adoption, I’ve paused by that room I thought we’d make a nursery. It’s been sitting there. Empty. Bare. It’s right across from my bedroom, next to our bathroom, just off the dining room, so I would see it many times a day.
God laid on my heart the desire to give the room purpose again, so I converted it into a guest room in February. I have no idea if it will forever be a guest room, but this rearranging was necessary for my soul as I follow Jesus. Moving around furniture this time wasn’t as easy as when I was a kid, but I’m glad I did it.
In the process of life, God rearranges our desires and our decisions. He fills our hearts with convictions we never anticipated being important. He perfects us through real life that often looks nothing like we imagined. Sometimes it’s hard, but we’re always better for it.
I don’t want to be scared to let go. Rather, I want peace that takes me back to resting peacefully in that childhood canopy bed of mine wherever it was in my bedroom. I want to rest in what Jesus has for me, even when it means rearranging my thoughts, desires, dreams, and expectations. These sorts of changes bring peace because the One who leads me doesn’t change. God is faithful in all things – including hearing the desires of our hearts – because we are his children, adopted into a true forever family.
This is an excerpt from Kristin Hill Taylor’s new ebook, Peace in the Process: How Adoption Built My Faith & My Family which is available at Amazon. She believes in taking road trips, living in community, and seeking God as the author of every story – many of which she shares at www.kristinhilltaylor.com. She lives in Murray, Kentucky, with her college sweetheart husband and their two kids.
Kristin is hosting a Facebook Party on her page November 17th, from 8-9 PM CST. She has some really fun prizes lined up, plus Facebook parties are such a fun way to interact with fellow, like minded women. Mark your calendar now, you won’t want to miss it!
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