knew adoption was going to be my family’s story. But then I adopted – twice –
and my definition of pro-life changed.
because someone else chose life for her. And then about 30 months later, we
brought home our second child whose life is owed to another brave woman. I’m
grateful beyond words these two women chose life for the babies growing inside
these babies home, I’ve realized pro-life is more than a political stance. It’s
also a belief children are a blessing and not a burden. And I’m so grateful my
kids’ birth moms recognized this too.
commit to doing our best for our kids and the ones around us, then we’re
pro-life. When we help our friends who are welcoming foster children into their
homes, those gifts of money and clothing speak that we’re pro-life. We
discipline and teach and train and advise and shepherd and guide and entertain
these children we love. We plan for their futures because we believe they
is continually near. He’s into the details. And he’s faithful to hear the
desires of our hearts. Do you know why? He’s pro-life too. God values life. He
wants our lives to bring him glory and he wants us to raise our kids – the
biological ones, the adopted ones, the ones who may be in our homes temporarily
– with his eternal kingdom as the foundation.
values my life and your life so much that he adopts us into his family.
last name, God calls us his own. Just like we welcome our kids into the
responsibilities and privileges of being in a family, God welcomes us into his
home. Yes, there are glimpses of his kingdom here on earth, but there’s also a
promise of the eternal home Jesus is preparing for us. Because we are God’s.
Because our names have been changed and our covenants sealed. Because we serve
a God who believes in life.
14 verses are filled with so much goodness about God’s promises and our
identity. Here is the truth that keeps tugging at my heart: Before I knew God, he chose me. Because
he chose me, there is glorious grace poured into my everyday life and an
inheritance prepared for me.
Christ that we find out who we are and what we are living for. Long before we
first heard of Christ and got our hopes up, he had his eye on us, had designs
on us for glorious living, part of the overall purpose he is working out in
everything and everyone.” Other translations of that verse say we were
chosen (NIV), we are united with Christ (NLT), we were made a heritage (ASV),
and we have obtained an inheritance (ESV).
but we prepared for them and embraced them from the beginning. We named them
and prayed for them before we held them in our arms. We’re grateful their birth
moms chose life for them and that God chose them for us.
They’re named in our wills. And they didn’t have to do anything to be called
daughter and son. We chose them in the beginning and we choose them still. We choose life. Thankfully we all are
welcomed by our heavenly Father who continues choosing us and calls us his own.
Murray, Ky., with her husband, Greg, and two kids – 6-year-old Cate and Ben,
who turns 4 this month. She can often be found trying to beat her husband in
Words with Friends, playing games of Settlers of Catan with her best friends,
listening to her daughter’s stories, reminding her son to be careful, or
texting her friends. She believes in taking road trips, living in community,
and documenting real life. You can keep up with her at www.kristinhilltaylor.com
or follow on her Twitter.