FIND vs. WAIT
Waiting is passive. It is being idle and is extremely unfulfilling.
W – “WHAT IF?”
As we wait, we may stay in a constant state of “what if?”
We may put off plans and not take full advantage of our
present opportunities while we sit by the phone
waiting for that important call.
A – ANXIOUS
As we wait we may get restless and uneasy.
We may feel a lot of anxiety and worry about things
over which we have no control.
I – INSECURE
As we wait we may feel insecure
and doubt our capacity to parent.
We may feel unworthy and have a sense of low self-esteem.
T – TENSE
As we wait the tension may grow.
If we are not careful contention can easily enter the home
and we may begin to blame and easily hurt each other’s feelings.
Finding is active. It is being proactive in the search for your child. It is following the principle of doing all that we can and then relying on the Lord to help all things work together for our good.
F – FAITH
It takes faith to search for your child:
faith in prayer that Heavenly Father will guide us
and place us in the right places;
faith through fasting that we will encounter
the birthmother carrying our child;
faith that the Lord will direct our paths
and help us find our children.
I – INSPIRATION
The Spirit can inspire us to talk with those around us
about our desire to adopt.
As we listen to promptings and live close to the Spirit,
we can be divinely guided in our efforts.
N – NETWORKING
It is beneficial to talk to everyone.
Using every possible channel to get the word out
can expand our voice and can
increase the likelihood of finding our child.
D – DIVINE INTERVENTION
Once we have done all that we can do,
we can rely on the Lord to intervene in our behalf.
It is only through Him that all things are possible.
The Lord will direct our paths.
Taken from "Someone's Missing: Making Your Adoption Happen."
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