Even though it sounds horrible to admit, Sundays can be one of the hardest days of the week.
Most of the time, I have a really positive attitude when it comes to adoption. I am not at all shy when it comes to sharing my feelings about adoption with friends, family, or even the check out lady at the grocery store or person sitting next to me on the airplane. I love it! Adoption can be such a beautiful, wonderful thing! I truly believe that. I have seen miracles happen and I have seen so many lives blessed through adoption.
Recently one of our friends commented to me, “You seem really open about discussing your experiences with adoption.” It was one of the nicest compliments I had ever received. I am so passionate about sharing adoption information because so much of the information out there is inaccurate or less-than positive. I’m not generally a very, shall we say, talkative person by nature, so that our friend recognized how strongly I feel about adoption meant a lot. Being open about most things does not come naturally to me, but I am willing to pour my heart into the things that matter most to me. Adoption is one of those things.
Occasionally, however, I’ll have days where I feel a little frightened.
Adoption IS beautiful and IS wonderful, but like any potential parent (adoptive or biological) I sometimes have my worries. “What if our child makes poor decisions?” “What if we have lots of contention in our home and have trouble getting along?” “What if he or she doesn’t like me?” I know that parenting doesn’t always mean you are going to be “liked”, but I am so grateful for my parents and have a fabulous relationship with them. They are truly some of my best friends. I want that someday! I want my child to have a good relationship with me. I want them to know how much they were and are wanted. I want them to know how much I love them.
These worries are sometimes compounded by adoption fears. “What if our child one day resents the fact that they were adopted?” “What if our child is made to feel less than others because they don’t look like us?” “What if our child thinks that we don’t understand where they are coming from because we don’t share the same genes?” Perhaps some of my concerns are silly. What can I say, I’m kind of a worrier (Spencer or my Mom will vouch for this. It’s very very true, bless my heart). I do know that Satan does NOT want eternal families to be created. I know that he will try his hardest to work on my fears.
My point is, I have had my days that are dark or discouraging. I have had my times where I wonder if I can do it. These days often happen to be on Sunday. It’s hard to be surrounded by little families, when we want that so much for ourselves. As a side note there were THREE baby blessings today (buckle up, right?). They were beautiful blessings. I was just feeling a little wistful waiting for our turn someday. I feel like I don’t really fit in. It is in those weaker moments that fear creeps in.
It can be hard to live for what you know is right, even when the future can seem a little scary.
Perhaps my favorite talk in the whole widest world is “Cast Not Away Therefore Your Confidence,” by Elder Holland. If you haven’t heard it or read it, I urge you to do so now. I promise it will be well worth your time. I may or may hot have every BYU devotional given by Elder Holland memorized. I’ve listened to them so often, I know them by heart. But this one is my absolute FAVORITE. In fact, this talk played a role in my relationship with Spencer (but that’s another story for another day).
Here is one of my favorite parts:
There are cautions and considerations to make, but once there has been genuine illumination, beware the temptation to retreat from a good thing. If it was right when you prayed about it and trusted it and lived for it, it is right now. Don't give up when the pressure mounts… Don't give in. Certainly don't give in to that being who is bent on the destruction of your happiness. He wants everyone to be miserable like unto himself. Face your doubts. Master your fears. "Cast not away therefore your confidence." Stay the course and see the beauty of life unfold for you.
I love to read this talk on the days I may be struggling. It reminds me that I can do it. Heavenly Father has confidence in me. He will help me do hard things. Our family will come together in the way it was meant to. More importantly than having confidence in me, I have confidence in HIM. I know that God keeps his promises. I also know that there is power in the sealing covenant. I will not be left alone as I am doing His work and striving to build our family.
Maybe my child won’t always like me. Maybe our child won’t always make perfect decisions GASP. :). The road to creating our family can be bumpy sometimes; I know that. There are no guarantees.
I love the story in Matthew of Christ walking on the water.
25 And ain the fourth watch of the night Jesus went unto them, walking on the sea.
27 But straightway Jesus spake unto them, saying, Be of goodacheer; it is I; be not afraid.
30 But when he saw the wind boisterous, he was aafraid; and beginning to sink, he cried, saying, Lord, save me.
It’s interesting that while Peter kept his sight on the savior, he was fine. It wasn’t until he focused on the storm that be became afraid and began to sink.
The storms going to be there. One way or another, it just will be. I can’t do much to change that fact, but I can chose where to put my focus. Right now I’m trying to focus on Him.
It will be okay.