The Waiting is the Hardest Part

Aubrey and I are in the middle of our second adoption. We began the journey back in June of 2017 when our youngest turned one year old. We built a new profile, went to meetings, had our thumb prints scanned, and our backgrounds checked. As of the first of this year (2018) our home study has been complete and we now find ourselves in the “big wait”. In domestic, infant adoption this wait could be over today or it could last for another year. We really have no idea. We must be prepared to receive a baby at any minute, while being open to the possibility of waiting for months (or more) with no news. I have been asked if this go ’round is easier than the first time. Surprisingly, it has not been. As the song says, “the waiting is the hardest part.”

The real question is, how do we pass the time during this period?


Jonathan’s New Year’s Resolutions 2018

I sat down this weekend to work on my New Year’s Resolutions for this coming 2018 year. The brief list below is roughly what I came up with.

  1. Know Christ (even more than I already do)
  2. Work on Translating Venutian Better (i.e. communicate with my wife better)
  3. Write One Blog Post Per Week
  4. Manage Time Better
  5. Get In Shape (at least a less round shape)
  6. Build Relationships (outside of family)
  7. Share Christ with More People
  8. Become a Morning Person

I’d planned on writing more detail about these things, but then my pastor preached a sermon wherein he touched upon these types of resolutions. Where are we placing our hope this year? There are so many things we can be tempted to hope in, like people, money and control (power). These things will all ultimately fail. Even making resolutions like this can be turned into hoping in our own ability to change ourselves.

I still want to do the things on this list, but I have been forced to think about why. Why do I want to do these things? Ultimately, I want to please Christ, but I think a major motivation is the removal of chaos. So many times I feel like I’m just holding on, white-knuckled, to the safety bar on a roller coaster like Steve Martin in Parenthood (1989).

I don’t like chaos. Having a rightly ordered life is a good thing, but it shouldn’t be the main thing. If I place my focus and hope on Jesus Christ and what he has already done for me, then I should (in theory) have a sense of peace even in the midst of the chaos. I do also recognize that peace is a fruit of the Spirit, and as such I cannot just generate it. It must come from the source… from the Holy Spirit.

As I step out into a New Year, I pray that God would help me to live according to His purposes and will. I pray that He would help me to strive to discipline my life so as to love God and love neighbor. And I pray that He will do the same for you. God bless and Happy New Year!

Bible Reading Plan for 2018

I usually try to pick a plan to read the Bible through during each year. I’ve used several different plans over the years, my favorite being the Tabletalk Bible Reading plan from Ligonier Ministries. However, this year I had some special requirements that I wanted to try out. I could not find a plan that matched what I wanted, so I created my own. (more…)

Win an AMAZING Christmas Quilt!

As you all know, we are raising money so that we may adopt another baby. We are continuing our efforts with a raffle for this beautiful, homemade, Christmas themed quilt. To date, we have raised just under $4,000, which means we still need to raise around $19,000. We thank you all for your prayers and support as we pursue our God given passion for adoption. I hope that these fund raisers are a fun way for you to participate in our journey.

UPDATE: WINNER ANNOUNCED at the end of the post!


7 Reasons I Am Thankful For Adoption

God Adopted Us

I am thankful for adoption, first and foremost, because it was really God’s idea. God first adopted us and showed us the blessing of adoption.

“But to all who did receive him, who believed in his name, he gave the right to become children of God, who were born, not of blood nor of the will of the flesh nor of the will of man, but of God.”
– John 1:12-13 (ESV)

We are only able to love because God first loved us. I am thankful that God showed me His mercy, opened my eyes, and saved me. I am thankful that “in love he predestined us for adoption to himself as sons through Jesus Christ, according to the purpose of his will.” (Ephesians 1:5)


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