Tuesday, May 21, 2013
Christian Alliance For Orphans Summit #9 pt.2
Some of the great things said during this session:
I never want my children to feel a debt of gratitude. In other words- my children don't owe me anything. They are my family! :)
If I would choose again I'd choose you! You didn't have a choice initially- you have to rechoose to be in your family and want it.
Scripture- Joseph adopted Jesus this was a PLAN A not PLAN B. You are a fulfillment of God's Plan!
Are you ever going to go looking for your real parents? Response: I have already found my real parents. It is sometimes hard when people outside the adoption community don't know the language.
How much of your story do you share? This is hard because we want to advocate for adoption, tell stories, but be careful to balance that out. Make sure you have an open dialogue with your children about this. It is their story! Some may choose to share it openly. Some children do not want to share any of it.
Racism is hating the image of God. Pretty powerful statement!
Make your world colorful! There are a million ways to do this, but if at all possible have friends that are of different skin colors (this is for everyone on the planet not just adoptive families). Have a variety of dolls with various skin colors. Listen to artists that have a variety of skin colors. Look around your home, your art, your music, your movies, your pictures, everything- include variety! It's the spice of life!
Teach your children that "their own kind" is humankind- we are all a part of God's family. :)
**From a personal point of view I think a good friend said it well when it comes to combining skin colors. Don't make a fuss over it all the time, but don't ignore it either. You have to combine it into your everyday lives. Let it just become a part of who you are. :)
GO HERE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Seriously you will be BLESSED!!!!!!
but here is another clip that you can hear a little part of his testimony about adoption :).
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