Girlfriends – Adoption

Today, I am honored to have Melissa McGaha Rorabaugh share a girlfriend story that I know will encourage your heart. Be sure to read her bio at the end of the post and pop into her blog and say “hi.” She’s definitely a woman who loves to make a difference in other women’s live and I know you’ll love her!

November is definitely my favorite month. In November, it is still warm here in North Florida – although sometimes it does dip into the 60s. It’s the month when we celebrate Thanksgiving, my favorite holiday! Family, food, shopping, friends, food, shopping, football, food, shopping – you get it. It’s also National Adoption Month. Adoption changed my life forever.

I longed to be a mom. My heart ached at baby showers. I avoided church on Mother’s Day. I felt inadequate and unworthy even though God told me I was neither of those things. I had a personal understanding of the stony heart God speaks of in Ezekiel 36:26. I experienced a range of emotions while dealing with infertility that went from passive sadness and depression to furious, indignant anger.

God used a young, special woman and the gift of a baby to change all of this in me. Her willingness to listen to and follow the nudging of the Holy Spirit provided the path for me to become a mom. Hunter was adopted and our family was formed.
We have stories about how our “tummy mommy” contacted me; the time I first saw Hunter; the first night he lived in the house with me and I didn’t sleep. These things form his adoption story.

As believers, we have our own adoption story. The moment we accepted Christ, we became sons of God. We were adopted into His family, joint heirs with Christ. Galatians 4:7 says “Now you are no longer a slave but God’s own child. And since you are his child, God has made you his heir.”

I remember that feeling when I held Hunter and said “This is MY child. Finally.” It was with an overwhelming love. Indescribable. Unbelievable.

Can you imagine how our Heavenly Father feels when we cry out to Him for salvation? He loves us so much more than we can fathom with an overwhelming, indescribable, unbelievable love.

When we turn to Him – do you think He says “This is MY child. Finally.”

Melissa and her husband, Tub, are having a blast serving God together! Currently, Tub is on staff at Hillcrest Baptist Church in Jacksonville, FL leading those in the Family Life Ministries department. Melissa has a desire to see Christian women as encouragers and nurturers while still holding each other accountable to be Godly women, wives and sometimes, mothers. Tub and Melissa are raising their two sons, Danny and Hunter. Melissa works as the HR director for a large technologies company and prays every day for the Lord to make sure her “to-do” list is His “to-do” list.

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  1. Thanks so much for sharing my story, Stephanie!

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