Well, we have moved one small step closer to the ultimate goal. This week we received a phone call from our local DFCS agency and they have accepted out initial application. We will start training with them next Tuesday night and will continue for the next 7 or 8 weeks. Once we finish training, we can go through our final approval. After that it is possible for us to adopt or foster-to-adopt children through DFCS. We can still go through an agency if we decide to at that point. We are both excited and anxious about the process.
Early in this process, God showed me a verse that I now hold to, knowing that He has a child or children already chosen for us and that in His timing He will give them to us. The verse is "We prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted what we asked of Him." 1 Samuel 1:27. I have made that verse my "theme verse" for this adoption process. I know that He is in control over this whole process and He will maintain control even when I am discouraged and want to try and take over.
I think about close friends who have gone through this process. I was recently reminded of how God knows exactly what He is doing and how He has these children handpicked for their families. My friends, who waited so long for sweet little Hannah. They just celebrated one year with her. She fits in so well with that family that it is hard to think of her coming from anyone else. She has a vibrant, leader of the pack personality just like one of her big brothers. I look at families in my practice who have adopted and it is obvious that they were knit together by God. So, I hold on knowing that in His timing He will bring the child or children into our family that He has picked out for us.