God's Message About Your Child's Life Story

Every adopted child has a story and that story will influence others. Some of the events of a child's life prior to adoption are not difficult to communicate. Yet for other children, their life events and stories speak of horrific physical, sexual or emotional abuse, neglect, trauma, abandonment and more. The beautiful truth for adoptive parents is that God has placed children in their families for healing and redemption. The word redemption means to "restore dignity to." As God embraced us as His children to restore our dignity, in that same way, adoptive parents embrace their children.

Many children who have experienced difficult life situations come to believe that they are not worth anything and that they do not deserve good things. An adoptive parent's lifelong message to his child comes from God's Word. God's powerful truth is this:

"For I know the plans I have for you," declares the LORD, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future" (Jeremiah 29:11).

That message can be lived out every day as parents communicate unconditional love and acceptance, communicate belonging in the family and picture a future of hope and promise with that child.

Bonus content originally excerpted from Handbook on Thriving as an Adoptive Family, published by Tyndale House Publishers, Inc., © 2008 by Sanford Communications, Inc. All rights reserved.