All in His Family

“I don’t share the same genetics,” my tween nephew quipped during a discussion of our family’s traits. 

I assured him that although he was adopted, he is as much one of us as his cousins. He belongs to our family (whether he likes it or not :)). BenJoeyresized1

I never want Ben to think that because he doesn’t sport the same features, that because he doesn’t reflect the same personality traits, that because he doesn’t share the same DNA, he isn’t a full-fledged family member.

He is a son, a grandson, cousin, and a nephew because we love him and welcome him wholly into our fold. He is chosen and will always be a cherished member of our family–no matter what he looks like or does. 

Adoption is a beautiful picture of what the Father has done for us. 

>We are far from reflecting His perfect image of righteousness and love. He calls us son or daughter anyway. 

>We seldom mimic Him in our actions. He welcomes us with open arms anyway. 

>We often disappoint and give Him a bad name. He still calls us Beloved. 

Adoption is a beautiful picture of what the Father has done for us. Click To Tweet

I am blessed to belong to a wonderful earthly family. We share much more than genetics. We share joys and sorrows, good times and bad. We share love. 

I am more blessed to belong to the family of the Lord God, Abba Father. One who never tires of calling me His daughter.

God longs to write your name in His family Bible as well. He wants to call you son or daughter. 

God longs to write your name in His family Bible as well. He wants to call you son or daughter. Click To Tweet

You don’t have to exhibit godliness to call Him Father. You don’t have to reflect His perfect image to belong. 

He accepts you just as you are. 

Walk into His open arms today and be welcomed into His Family. 

“The Spirit Himself testifies together with our spirit that we are God’s children, and if children, also heirs—heirs of God and coheirs with Christ—seeing that we suffer with Him so that we may also be glorified with Him” (Romans 8:16-17).

Reflections: Have you ever felt you weren’t good enough or didn’t belong in God’s family? Why? Has that feeling changed? If not, can I pray for you? 

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By His grace ≈

Julie

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12 comments on “All in His Family
  1. Rebecca says:

    Beautiful!! I am new to your blog and wow your words touched my heart.

  2. MindyHowell says:

    Hitting home where you say, …We often disappoint and give Him a bad name, but He still calls us beloved. …We are to reflect Christ, yet we scorn, judge and belittle those who make mistakes thinking they are representing Christ. We should love and pray for their guidance and correction. God has mercy on us when we don’t deserve it. We should be so forgiving.

    Thanks for your insight.

  3. Lauren Casper says:

    Beautiful! I completely agree – both of our children came to us through adoption and it’s made me ever more mindful of my adoption into God’s family.

  4. Denise Oldham says:

    totally agree.

  5. 2beaglemama says:

    What a wonderful thought, and a beautiful way of looking at our topic today. Thank you for sharing and for loving on an adopted child!

  6. “We seldom mimic Him in our actions. He welcomes us with open arms anyway.” <– What grace! Great post, Julie.

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