Adopted By Jesus

You are adopted the Son. You are loved by the Father. You matter to God on this National Adoption Day. God bless you!

More than 75,000 children are in foster care, according to statistics from the National Adoption Day website. 

November 21,2020 is National Adoption Day, a day in which courts and communities come together to finalize adoption for thousands of children that are in foster care.  

Fostering children is a serious endeavor and one that is a high calling upon the life of the foster mother or foster father that chooses to adopt the child into his or her family. Only God can appoint and favor a parent to become a foster parent as he or she seeks God to further His Kingdom on earth. 

Only God can appoint and favor a parent to become a foster parent as he or she seeks God to further His Kingdom on earth. 

~”For ye have not received the spirit of bondage again to fear; but ye have received the Spirit of adoption, whereby we cry, Abba, Father.”~Romans 8:15, KJV~ 

When a foster parent adopts a child into his or her family, he or she begins to learn that family’s ways and customs. This is especially true for Christian foster parents as they raise that child up in the ways of God through His Son, Jesus. 

As the child grows older, he or she will not depart from the ways of his or her foster parents. This is what makes National Adoption Day special: it gives the child divine recognition in the eyes of God. This divine recognition goes beyond human understanding simply because it was Jesus who adopted the child into His family, making him or her a son or daughter of God. 

This is what makes National Adoption Day special: it gives the child divine recognition in the eyes of God.

A few years ago, I completed an internship at the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home. I remember leading devotionals and prayer sessions with the teenage girls every week. Even though I was not their mother, I felt like a mother and as if God allowed me to adopt them as the Lord used me to be salt and light to them and raise them up to become Godly women in Christ. I continued to read devotionals and pray with the teenager girls for several weeks.  

Towards the end of my time at the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home, one of the girls painted a picture titled, “The Giving Tree,” for me. She told me that the tree reminded her of me because I pour out of myself to others around me that God chooses to put in my life.  

This greatly encouraged me in that it reminded me of the Godly, motherly and tender love that God was able to use me to give to the teenage girls at the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home. I felt like a foster mother in how God was able to use me during my time at the Georgia Baptist Children’s Home. How divine! 

I hope that you will join me in celebrating National Adoption Day for the thousands of children, who are in foster care. Show them the love of God. Remind them that they are loved and that they matter deeply to God. Pray for the adopted. Pray for all children to have a home that is Christ-centered and Godly today! That is my hope for all children, who are in foster care, this National Adoption Day.  

May the hope of Christ fill you and your family with abounding peace and joy as your portion this National Adoption Day. God bless you!  

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Sarah Dickens
Sarah Dickens is the News Editor of Atlanta Christian Voice. Sarah has a B.A. in Mass Communication from Georgia College and State University and two M.A. degrees in Global Studies and Pastoral Counseling with a focus in Dobson Center Marriage and Family Studies from Liberty University. She is currently working on her M.A. in Clinical Mental Health Counseling from Liberty University and hopes to be licensed to practice counseling in the next few years. Sarah lives in Atlanta, Georgia, where she humbly serves the Lord, friends, and others at First Baptist Church of Atlanta. Her two greatest passions are ministering to children and serving on the missions field. After working on the mission field in Lebanon, Japan, and Uganda, she hopes to continue taking the Gospel of Jesus Christ to other lands. Her favorite hobbies include blogging, ballroom dancing, making and creating art, and reading books by Christian authors while sipping a cup of tea from one of her favorite tea mugs. Her life verse from the Bible is Philippians 4:13, which states, "I can do all things through Christ which strengtheneth me."
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