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Adoption is a beautiful thing. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ It would be a different kind of beauty if every child grew up with both of their biological parents... but, in this world, there is brokenness. And the way I see it, adoption is a piece of beautiful collateral created from the chaos. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Adopted in the traditional sense or not, these words are whispered to each of us... ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ “You belong here. I chose you. It doesn’t matter what anyone says or where you came from... You. Are. Mine.”⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ They are beautiful words. But, there’s a question attached. Will you accept the invitation?⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ My first-born daughter was one of the most precious gifts I’d ever been given. When it came down to it, I knew I would do anything to keep her safe. Which meant, first, I had to get my own life in line. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ In a way, I had to say YES to adoption. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ My Creator whispered my name... “I choose you. You belong to me. You are mine.” ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ And, I finally surrendered. I finally accepted. I’d searched the whole world to get a taste of peace & all along Peace was chasing me. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ Years later, I’d (re)meet an incredible man, one who... weeks after we married, would ask if he could legally adopt my treasured little girl. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ The baby who’s dad had died when she was an infant. The girl who’s heart was mine alone to protect & more valuable than anything else. But even so it wasn’t a hard decision. And I didn’t have to think about it. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ It doesn’t take long for a bruised heart to recognize Real Love when it’s finally been embraced by it. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ I said, “Yes.” Austyn said, “Yes.” Months later, after all the paperwork & the home visits & interviews... a judge said, “Yes.” & we became an officially-official family. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ And this experience... it’s not unlike what’s being offered to each and every one of us.⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ A family. A home. A place to belong. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ You are loved so very much, my friend, you’ve been offered a new identity as a child of the One True King. ⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ And, this identity... its the real thing... In fact... it’s Everything. ✨⁣⁣ ⁣⁣ #MadeforBrave⁣⁣