Adopted For Life

For you did not receive the spirit of slavery to fall back into fear, but you have received the Spirit of adoption as sons, by whom we cry, “Abba! Father!” (Romans 8:15 ESV)

Two months ago this week, my husband and I stood in the entryway of the orphanage, watching with earnest as each of the children passed by. Some clung to toys. Others held snacks. Many wore the remnants of recent tears. All were precious.

And then we saw him.

After twenty-nine long months of praying, hoping, and waiting, we saw our son. He was sweet-faced and happy and ours.

The most overwhelming reality was this: Our love was instantaneous. From the moment we saw him, there was nothing we wouldn’t do to protect him. Above all, he was our son for now and always.

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God (I John 3:1 ESV)

Here is the certainty for every son or daughter that belongs to God:

God’s love is instananeous. His forgiveness is absolute. His protection is assured. His trust is worthy.

No sin, setback, habit, or weakness can eliminate us from the family of God. We are His. It is not conditional, temporary, or reversible. God loves us as our Father. There is nothing God wouldn’t do on behalf of His own. As the King of the universe, God’s loyalty to us is extraordinary.

Because of that–from the moment of our adoption–we can live with confidence that we belong to Him for now and always.


Publicly, Trisha is a well-established editor for a mammoth corporation. Privately, however, she sorts and stacks, tosses and tallies, pitches and plunders. She devotes serious time and energy to a hobby that would make goddesses like Martha Stewart and Julie Morgenstern blush. She is a home manager. That, and she loves to write. She just published her first book--Trust, Hope, Pray.

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  1. I loved this, Trisha. I was adopted and my dad showed me what God’s love is like – unconditional. The interesting thing is that the circumstances of my birthmother’s story left my birth father an unknown, so my adopted father is the only one there ever was for me. Considering how God orchestrated my adoption, I know His love for me is total, too.

  2. Ane,

    Thank you! You are kind. I, too, am adopted! I love having that in common with you! Adoption has taught me grace on many levels. I don’t know who my birth father is … so many we’re sisters? 🙂

  3. We have one adopted grandson. He is ours!! In many ways he acts just like his father. (His adoptive father, our son.) We love him so much. He was seven when he came into our family and had suffered so much in the home of a fellow Christian family. He is now 13 and does not seem to be scarred by his past. Of course our Son and Daughter-in-law did have to help him work through many issues at first. Now it seems to be issues that all families have. Pray for us that we will never let this young man down.

  4. Thank you for your insight. Earthly adoption is such a wonderful picture of spiritual adoption. Your little guy looks like a treasure!

  5. Trisha,
    What an incredible reminder of our Father’s steadfast love. You really encouraged me today. Thanks so much for sharing! God bless you and your little one.

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