Christopher's 9th Anniversary of his adoption into the Duffley family.jpgIt’s hard to believe it has been over 10 years since Christopher entered into our lives.  At the time of his birth, I had four of my own children ages 8 months to 8 years.  I can honestly say, it all started with a prayer and then a tug at my heart.

Before Christopher’s homecoming, there was a  prayer that was very popular that year, and it went like this:

“Oh, that You would bless me indeed, and enlarge my territory, that Your hand would be with me, and that You would keep me from evil.”  The Prayer of Jabez

This prayer, taken from 1 Chronicles 4:10, is about asking God to bless your life, your work and to be upon your future plans.  I was reciting this prayer, giving each day to God, not out of what he can do for me, but rather, what can I do for Him.  By entrusting each day to him, I knew where I needed to be, that he would help me with whatever happened, good or bad.

As we prayed and discerned about having Christopher come into our home, it was remarkable to see how open our children were to having another sibling, knowing that he was not “normal”.  Steve and I both felt that by inviting Christopher into our family, we were also obeying the voice of God.  In the bible it says “Whoever welcomes  one such child for my sake welcomes me”.  Jesus wasn’t kidding when he shared this with his disciples, as recorded in Matthew’s gospel.  We also felt that we were modeling to our children what our faith professes, the gospel of Life.

There is so much to share, and I am honored that you have spent the last few minutes reading the beginning of our story.  There is so much more to come.  I promise to continue to share our story, not just about Christopher, but OUR story of hope, love and faith.  Please feel free to join our Newsletter and journey with us.   May God bless you!