Adoption Made Me A Momma
So MY legacy changed. And, of course, my kids’ legacy changed when we brought them into our family and received paperwork that said they officially belonged to us.
Likewise, God chose me.
Because He chose me, glorious grace is poured into my everyday life and inheritance is prepared for me. My life and legacy would be different if I didn’t recognize my identity in Christ and follow Him.
Ephesians 1:11 from The Message:
“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
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).
God made our family possible.
Consequently, His legacy gets to continue through us to our children. I didn’t grow my three kids in my womb, but my husband Greg and I prepared for them and embraced them from the beginning. We named them and prayed for them before we held them in our arms.
Adoption Changed Their Legacy & Mine
Our legacy is shaped by them and their legacy is shaped by us. Cate, Ben, and Rachel to do anything to be our children. They’re named in our will and called daughters and son long before the court recognized that truth with new birth certificates. We chose them in the beginning and we have chosen them every day since – even when they’re loud and wild and grumpy and inconsiderate and obviously still learning like we all are. Adoption changed their legacy!We chose them in the beginning and we have chosen them every day since. #adoption @kristinhtaylor Click To Tweet
God Chose us
Likewise, God chose me in the beginning and still chooses me today – even when I stumble. Jesus says people will know we are in His family by our love. Of course, sometimes I don’t do a good job of representing my eternal family name, but this truth is my foundation and I want it to be my family’s legacy.God chose me in the beginning and still chooses me today – even when I stumble. #adoptioninChrist #adoption @kristinhtaylor Click To Tweet
Just like Greg and I gave Cate, Ben, and Rachel our last name, God calls us His own. Just like we welcomed our kids into the responsibilities and privileges of being in a family, God welcomes us into His home.
Yes, there are glimpses of His kingdom here on earth,
but there’s also a promise of the eternal home Jesus is preparing for us. Because…
- we are God’s.
- our names have been changed and our covenants sealed.
- we serve a God who believes in life.
We adopted our children because the God who gives us all life made that possible – and, thankfully, our legacy will never be the same.
KristinOur Legacy will never be the same. #adoption #familyofGod @kristinhtaylor Click To Tweet
Thank you, Kristin, for sharing a piece of your adoption story.
Lastly, this month we are focusing on adoption. Adoption changes our Legacy. How has adoption changed your legacy? It’s time for the Legacy Link-Up. Come and tell your adoption legacy story.
- Have you received a new legacy through adoption?
- Do you have the pleasure of being an adoptive parent?
- Did you create a new legacy for your child through adoption?
- Family of God?
We want to hear your legacy story. Please share it here on the link-up.
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Kristin Hill Taylor believes in seeking God as the author of every story and loves swapping these
stories with friends on her porch. Her favorite story is told in her book, “Peace in the Process:
How Adoption Built My Faith & My Family.” She has a bachelor’s in print journalism from
Murray State University and worked in various newsrooms before she became a stay-at-home
mom. She volunteers and does freelance projects that involve writing, promoting, organizing,
and hosting. She lives in Murray, Kentucky, with her family and shares their stories on her blog,
Facebook, and Instagram.