Adoption; A New Name, Pt. 4

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” 1 John 3:1aIMG_7964

Did you know that when you adopt a child, they issue a brand new birth certificate with your name in the space as mother and father? No secret code, not a different color, no asterisk to let some historian down the line discover that this is really an adopted child. You are issued an official state Birth Certificate, identical to the one a child born from your belly would have!

Adoption fulfills the legal obligation for us parents to call the child ours. But it also meant that with complete confidence, they could call themselves ours! God intervened in an extreme ways. He took children from tattered broken places, at times unwanted, to status of a much-wanted “chosen child.” And all the red-tape, that was hard and difficult reminds us that Jesus satisfied all our legal standing with the red-tape of His shed blood.

FullSizeRender (85)Something that was of significant importance to our family was the fact that when you adopt a child, you get to give them their name. Many children out of foster care are older and do not want a new name. However, some may want a totally new identity and help choose a new name. Our children were 3, 5 and 6, but they wanted to be called by their new “real” names preceding any real legal name changes. Part of that, was the gospel stories behind “why” we wanted to give them new names. They embraced their new identity and were eager to be established as our heirs. They would be the family of the  grandparents and Aunts and Uncles and cousins who they already loved. Our youngest daughter had a middle name that seemed to fit her and we liked, so we still were calling her by this name. (Side note: for some strange reason we call all of our children but one, by their middle name) One day, prior to our adoption and totally off subject, she said, “and when I’m your real daughter, I get my new name?” That was it! One of my favorite Aunt’s name was picked out and she would get her name, which means, “light”! She lights up a room with her laughs and smile, she has lit up our hearts from the beginning. We pray that she is a light to our world as a child of God! (Phil. 2:15)

In Genesis 17:5 and 17:15 God changes Abram’s name and Sarai’s name to names with significant new meanings. In Genesis 32:28 he changed Jacob’s name, and in John 1:42 He called Simon by the name Peter. Throughout the Scriptures you will find name changes, but God specifically changed the names of four people to let us see their new identity in Him. Changing names for a Jewish person couldn’t be some arbitrary, “we think it’s cute” or cooler. It was about a divine plan that He had for them and generations to come.  God called His people out of sin, they responded in faith, and He changed their name.

There was great spiritual significance to the names God gave these people. We wanted to make sure we chose names that would signify the change in the status of our child, but also make them our heirs. There was to be no distinction between biological and adopted. We began by choosing a first name that began with “C” because each of us had “C” first names (not intentional when picking our 1st two’s names, but non-the less, we ALL had “C” names.) We looked at the meaning behind each first name carefully and chose one that could prophetically speak truth about God into their character. We chose spellings that would be ones that reflected ours and unique to us. Secondly we chose middle names from our friends and relatives who were dear to us. To remind each of them of the history of our family. This was the case with our biological children and would not differ for our “chosen” children.

“No longer shall your name be called Abram, But your name shall be Abraham; For I have made you the father of a multitude of nations.” Genesis 17:5

God was proclaiming His promise that we would be His seed, their new names were significant to what they were and what promises He was calling them too!

My children each have their own story to be told. But, His story is the story that we want them to know and share. We hope their adoption, their name changes, their counted as our heirs; have given clear shadow image of our adoption in Christ. Opening doors to continue telling His story.

See what kind of love the Father has given to us, that we should be called children of God; and so we are.” 1 John 3:1a

Giveaway #5

Kate is a stay-at-home mom and married to  Jason a church planter. After burying 2 baby boys and finally being blessed with a daughter and son, they thought their family was complete. But God kept whispering to them that He was not finished growing their family. He placed adoption on their hearts, and you can read for yourself her beautiful story.  http://www.theadoptshoppe.com/

I am so excited to be giving away one of her original paraphrase & design  totes. Made in India by women rescued from the sex trade, you will be honored to carry these adorable, fair-trade bags.

This tote is sturdy grey canvas, the interior is fully lined with charcoal fabric and has a side zipper pocket. It fastens with a magnetic clasp. The approximate size is 12.6″ x 16.5″ x 5.9″with a 12″ drop handle.

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