Fear is a common feeling that hopeful adoptive families typically encounter throughout the adoption process. What if we don’t pass the home study? What if an expectant mother doesn’t choose us? What if an expectant mother chooses to parent? What if the child we are matched with has medical issues we aren’t equipped to handle? What if the adoption process takes longer than expected?
What I want to hone in on today is the fear that may arise as families consider whether or not to present their profile to a specific situation. After a family’s home study and profile are complete they are able to start applying with agencies and begin seeing situations. The underlying feelings after reviewing their first situation may be a culmination of excitement, sadness, shock and fear. As I have journeyed through the adoption process before, I can relate. And as their Adoption Consultant I remind them that their thoughts and feelings are completely normal. But how do you manage fear when it seems to be lurking around every corner? How do you present to situations when you feel you are drowning in fear?
Ask God to help you get to the root of your fear. Seek the Lord in prayer first. Bring your fears and concerns before God and ask Him to help you sort through them and make sense of them. Here are 5 questions to help you navigate your decision:
- Am I trusting God or am I letting fear calculate my every move? As Christians we can place our hope and comfort in the truth that God is in control of all things. This creates freedom in our hearts to move where the Holy Spirit leads, because we trust that we can’t mess up or miss out on the plan God is writing for our family.
- Am I holding out for the “perfect” situation? There is no such thing as a “perfect” situation or no-risk in adoption. Yes, there are times where situations will be less risky, but there will always be an element of risk in adoption. If you are holding out for the “perfect” situation, you may never put your “yes” on the table.
- Am I allowing room for God to work outside my preferences? Sometimes we come into the adoption process with our own set of preferences. At CAC our families are able to specify their adoption preferences. Oftentimes, however, I’ve seen families step outside those preferences when God prompts them to do so. It’s an act of obedience and leap of faith. But I’ve never had a family look back on that decision with regret. As you calculate your preferences, are you keeping your hands open to the Lord?
- Am I being unrealistic with my feelings about a situation? If you are expecting yourself to have 100% peace and 0% fear whatsoever before moving forward you may never present. Although this is common to think/feel this way, it’s an unrealistic expectation to have. We always encourage couples to be on the same page with whatever they decide. However, it’s important to know there will typically always be some unanswered questions and some level of uncertainty in most adoption situations.
- Am I seeking God in prayer in every situation that crosses my eyes? This is the most important thing to do. Be in prayer. Seek God in prayer with every situation that you encounter. Ask God to direct your steps and give you wisdom. Although it’s important to seek guidance from your adoption consultant, there is no better council than that which comes from the Lord. Seek Him first! Also, if you choose not to present, continue praying for the expectant mother and her baby. What a privilege it is to ask God to help her as she considers adoption.
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