Brantley and Richard are a young couple in South Carolina who are getting closer and closer in the adoption process to finally getting to bring a sweet baby home. I've been praying so hard and fervently for these folks and I am unbelievably inspired by their brutal honesty and ability to lay it out all there on their blog, good or bad. I've searched their blog far and wide for the exact reason they chose to adopt, and the only thing I could find is nothing but them following the path the Lord laid for them. I love reading their story for many reasons, but the main reason is because they make it clear they are not ashamed of the Gospel and constantly give God the glory through the adoption process. They are truly a breath of fresh air, and I want to meet them one day. Until then, they get my prayers, and hopefully after you read this, they will get your prayers too.
Another blog I've recently stumbled upon and since then have been faithfully following is Lyndsie and Daniel's. They are another young, beautiful couple going through the adoption process and their testimony is, in a word, breathtaking. Lyndsie was diagnosed with ovarian cancer when she was 19 years old, and as a result had a complete hysterectomy leaving her unable to have children. She is so open and candid about what she went through with surgeries, chemo, recovery, and especially her faith. I have read Lyndsie's testimony no less than twenty times now, and each time, I kind of cringe because it convicts me every single time. She is so strong in her faith. She is vocal and quick to praise God for the smallest blessings. She never questioned God's will for her life. I wish so bad I had the spiritual guts to speak my mind and heart the way they do. Lyndsie and Daniel visibly have a wonderful, God centered marriage, and have already gone through so dadgum much. I'm praying constantly that they will be blessed with a baby soon. They will be amazing parents. Please pray for them as well.
I don't know where all this came from, honestly. Just wanted to raise awareness for these two couples, both of whom I've never met or even spoken to. I'm praying for their future babies and for all couples out there who might be going through the same thing. From what I've read and heard, adoption can be a draining process, emotionally and financially. But its such a beautiful picture of the Gospel and there are so many babies/kids/teenagers out there who desperately need Christian homes.
Well, there's my thoughts for the day. Coming soon...Clark's NINE month update. NINE.