My wife Mary heard stories about her dad who fought in China during WWII. One day, after we had two little boys, Justin & Nathan, she told me since she was a little girl she wanted to adopt a girl from China. Surprised, I said, “If that is going to happen, it’s probably going to take a couple years.” Immediately, she felt discouraged by that answer. But it was God who was at work.

We began praying every night, especially with the boys. God led us to go as a family to China to hold babies in orphanages. That’s when we all said “YES!” to God; we were all ready to adopt. This was the most deliberate and personally invasive legal process and spiritual act of faith we have ever experienced. More than that, gifts of support from family and friends, and our son Justin gave his piggy bank, so we could pay all the expenses of international adoption. The gift of Becca was the most astonishing blessing from God.

“God can pour on the blessings in astonishing ways so that you’re ready for anything and everything, more than just ready to do what needs to be done. As one psalmist puts it, He throws caution to the winds, giving to the needy in reckless abandon. His right-living, right-giving ways never run out, never wear out. This most generous God who gives seed to the farmer that becomes bread for your meals is more than extravagant with you. He gives you something you can then give away, which grows into full-formed lives, robust in God, wealthy in every way, so that you can be generous in every way, producing with us great praise to God.”

2 Corinthians 9:8-11 MSG