Wednesday, August 28, 2013

{Three Word Wednesday} God adopts us.

Awaiting the hearing to finalize our second adoption. {January 2010.}

God adopts us.

This is a truth I've known, but it took on a whole new meaning as our family expanded, starting with Cate's birth and adoption in 2007. Adoption is something we've learned about as we've gone through it. Two adoption processes and we're still learning. The third time around has proved to be a whole different story.

I've realized God builds on truths I already know when I slow down enough to pay attention. This week in our HelloMornings study, we're studying the first 14 verse in Ephesians. We've talked about promises and truths and identity.

And 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.

"It’s in 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."
{Ephesians 1:11 in The Message}

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}. We are family.

I get that. These two kids didn't grow in my womb, 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 birthmoms chose life for them and that God chose them for us.

We adopted Cate and Ben. They're our children. 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. Likewise, God chose me from the beginning and still chooses me today. And you. We all have our stories of how we met God, but he wants to give us all that is his.

God adopts us.

I'm excited about this new series from my blogging friend Beth, so I'm linking up this post with her today. I'm also joining Jennifer Dukes Lee and other storytellers for #TellHisStory. And these words are linked with HelloMornings because we've been reading Ephesians 1:1-14 and soaking in promises and truth. 

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  1. I am really enjoying the HMC Ephesians study, so this post made me happy. My journal is full of promises from Ephesians 1. God is so lavishly good to us. )

    Stopping by today from Beth's.

  2. I too am enjoying the HMC study of Ephesians. Ephesians has been one of my favorites, and I'm remembering why. Your words beautifully speak to how God adopts us. Thank you so much for sharing and for linking up with Three Word Wednesday. I truly appreciate your encouragement, support and excitement over this new link up! Much love, Beth

  3. KristinHillTaylor8/29/2013 8:17 AM

    Thanks for hosting the link up and for your encouragement.

  4. KristinHillTaylor8/29/2013 8:17 AM

    Thanks, Lyli! Glorious grace, indeed.

  5. I'm so grateful that I've been adopted into His family, and that I don't have to do anything to earn His love! blessings!

  6. KristinHillTaylor8/29/2013 1:11 PM


  7. What a beautiful picture of the gospel in your life - thanks for sharing your story.
    I linked up after you on the thellomornings blog.

  8. KristinHillTaylor8/30/2013 8:05 AM

    Thanks for visiting and for your kind words, Sandy!