“But when the right time came, God sent his Son, born of a woman, subject to the law. God sent him to buy freedom for us who were slaves to the law, so that he could adopt us as his very own children.”
Galatians 4:4-5 NLT
Lets talk about adoption for a minute.
When I was a kid growing up in the 90’s, the big insult on the playground was telling someone that they were adopted. I never quite understood that, because to me, adopting someone was an intentional choice to make someone a part of your family. If you were adopted, you were chosen. I had some sassy comebacks to those who chose to use adoption as an insult, but we won’t go down that rabbit trail – especially since most of them stayed in my head and never came out of my mouth.
I love how Julie used her puppy as a parallel to Christ adopting us into His family. It makes it much more relatable for those of us who have never adopted a child, but have adopted a fur baby. I think of our cat, Potato Joe (we call him Po). My mom found him abandoned on the steps of our church at 3 weeks old. She thought he was dead. Through a series of non-coincidental events, we got him. There were some things about him that we were originally trying to avoid, but we chose him anyway. And guys, this cat knows he was chosen. He loves my husband and I so much, and you can see the appreciation in his eyes every day.
I also think about the future. I’ve never really wanted kids; neither has my husband. But the idea of family – of legacy – is one that is very important to us. The thought of adoption has been slowly been making its way into my heart over the last few years, and though I don’t know what the future holds, the idea of looking a child in the face and telling them, “I chose you” holds so much power in my heart. I want that kid to understand the full weight and beauty of being chosen by God, and I hope that someday I can play a part in their understanding of that.
That thought of being adopted – chosen – by God remains one of the most powerful truths in my life. I needed this focus this month. It’s real easy for me to slip into the mindset that I don’t matter. But that couldn’t be farther from the truth.
I am adopted. I am chosen. I am fiercely loved. And so are you, friend.
I started this off with some pink watercolor to add a little color to my page. I splattered a darker shade of pink watercolor over it to add a little more dimension 🙂 I really love the printables for this month’s kit (available for members of our Creative Retreat Insiders Group on facebook – come join us!), so I printed them out on clear sticker paper and used this one as my title. I was originally going to use the flowers included in the printable to frame my title, but I decided to go with a different color scheme, so I stamped and embossed these ferns instead. I added the “adopted” with some foam stickers and accented everything with the heart and label stickers in this month’s kit. I used the “Child of God” sticker from the kit and adhered it to a paper clip to create a cute page marker, and then cut, folded, and adhered a little piece of ribbon to add a little fun!
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