We hope you are looking forward to a beautiful Easter celebration this weekend. He is RISEN indeed!
Easter is a precious time to reflect on the great love that our God and Savior have for us. Through our faith we see just how important adoption is to our Heavenly Father: He chose us to be heirs in His Kingdom! What a family He’s creating through adoption in Christ!
Did you know the Hebrew word for adoption means “to place” into a new family? It’s intentional, it’s permanent, and it’s a choice. Adoption was something God PLANNED, as we see in Ephesians 1:5, which reads “God decided in advance to adopt us into his own family by bringing us to himself through Jesus Christ…”
The word “decided” stands out. Adoption is a choice made out of great love for a child.
Adoption is love.
At Lifetime every adoptive parent and birth mother shares love in common, brought together by the love of a child. Through a child’s adoption, many adoptive parents and birth mothers even grow a love for each other.
As Christians, our lives are closely watched by others to see how the love of Christ shines out. The way you live out your faith may influence others to grow closer to or further from God. When adoption is on your heart or already a part of your story, it’s just as important to think about the ways you convey adoption in love. Do others see love when they see you move through the adoption process or hear you talk about birth mothers?
This Easter, may you be filled with gladness and eager expectation for how God is fulfilling His story of adoption in your life. For many waiting adoptive families, Easter can be a difficult holiday as it centers around children and families. If this is true for you, you might find this article helpful: “7 Tips for Easter When You’re Waiting to Adopt.” And remember, your family’s story is still being written, and you can trust the One who has called you to reflect His model of adoption in love more intentionally, that is by opening your heart to a child through adoption.
We’re thinking of you and wishing you a beautiful holiday weekend!
Our staff will continue to work through the weekend to assist birth mothers, as well as adoptive families with important updates on their adoption match.
Our 24-hour hotline is 1-800-923-6784.
Keep your phones charged and ready in case we need to reach you!
As Vice President of Lifetime Adoption, Heather Featherston holds an MBA and is passionate about working with those facing adoption, pregnancy, and parenting issues. Heather has conducted training for birth parent advocates, spoken to professional groups, and has appeared on television and radio to discuss the multiple aspects of adoption. She has provided one-on-one support to women and hopeful adoptive parents working through adoption decisions.
Since 2002, she has been helping pregnant women and others in crisis to learn more about adoption. Heather also trains and speaks nationwide to pregnancy clinics to effectively meet the needs of women who want to explore adoption for their child. Today, she continues to address the concerns women have about adoption and supports the needs of women who choose adoption for their child.
As a published author of the book Called to Adoption, Featherston loves to see God’s hand at work every day as she helps children and families come together through adoption.