No Longer an orphan

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                             Something not many people know about me is that I am adopted, now, Im not adopted in the sense of not knowing my biological parents, my step-dad adopted me when my mom and him got married. When I was younger, I had a curiosity about why my hair never turned brown like my brothers and sisters hair, and why they had dark skin and I didn’t. I found out one day when my mom asked me to get something out of a desk drawer upstairs, in one folder it read “legal documents” and I was curious so I took it out and began reading. At first I was angry, and I never told my mom I read them and thats how I found out. When I started asking questions, the more I heard about my biological father the less I wanted to meet him. He sounded like a jerk, and its not just my mom’s opinion I heard but all of my relatives had the same thing to say about him.

               Then I asked about why I didn’t see my biological grandparents on my dads side anymore, and when I heard they got divorced and stopped asking to see me, I became even more distressed about the whole thing. For a long time after that I always felt like the odd duck out, I always felt alone. When I gave my life to Jesus that totally changed, I started to feel more full and loved. When I gave my life to Jesus I realized I wasn’t alone and that I am loved even if my biological dad didn’t love me.

                   The Bible has a lot to say about our involvement in the kingdom, and how God is our daddy.

I will not leave you as orphans; I will come to you. -John 14:18

                  God has adopted us, and everything that He has created He gave to us, He gave Adam the job of naming all the animals and gave him authority over the plants and animals. God has given us the same, He has given us the responsibility of taking care of the animals, the plant on the earth, and over what we are able to build on this earth.

In His great mercy He has given us new birth into a living hope through the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead, and into an inheritance that can never perish, spoil or fade. This inheritance is kept in heaven for you. -1 Peter 1: 3-4

               We are adopted into the family of God and so, we have the greatest inheritance….heaven. We get to spend the rest of eternity with our Father, who loves us so much sent His only Son to die for us.

The Spirit Himself testifies with our spirit that we are God’s children. Now if we are children, then we are heirs- hers of God and co-heirs with Christ, if indeed we share in His sufferings in order that we may also share in His glory.-Romans 8:16-17

              We don’t ever have to feel alone because we belong to God, He is our Father and wants to give us what we need and see us smile. He really loves us and doesn’t want us to be hurt and feel like we are alone and that we have no one. I didn’t realize that when I was younger that I wasn’t an unwanted child, I was a loved child that was just subjected to flesh and what it desired. I was always loved, but it wasn’t until I met Jesus that I knew truly how loved I am.

                As humans we have a habit of feeling alone when there is no one around us to talk to us or to do things with us, but Christ is always there. He loves us and never stops, even when Jesus was on the cross He didn’t stop loving us. In fact, the reason Jesus was on that cross was because God loves us. That’s the greatest sacrifice for love that has ever been shown to us.

              If you’re struggling today with feeling like you are loved, look to your Father in heaven, pray that He would reveal to you what He has for you. You are loved so much more! Here are some scriptures to read if you want to read about God’s love for you.

-John 3:16

-Romans 5:8

-Galatians 2:20

-Ephesians 2:4-5

-1 John 4:7-8

-1 John 3:1

I hope these verses give you encouragement and I hope that you see how much you are truly loved! Even if you’re adopted, God loves you, you do not have to be like everyone else. You are perfect the way you are!

Much love,

M

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