There are so many tools we have to carry around with us -all the time- as adoptive parents...ready to whip them out at a moment's notice.
Tools for healing and helping our kiddos navigate feelings.
Tools for diffusing situations.
Tools for building attachment.
Tools for food issues, sleep issues, ownership issues...
The list goes on and on and on....
My friends in the adoption-world often joke about
But while all of those tools are needed and incredibly useful in helping bring our children healing.
They are no substitute for Love.
"There is no fear in love. But perfect love drives out fear" 1 John 4:18(a)
Now, I don't claim to have perfect love. I get annoyed and frustrated and angry. And I yell more than I mean to and apologize more than I wish I had to.
But...there are times when I can see how my love for Marvel is the vessel God is using to blanket him in perfect Perfect Love.
We took a lot of pictures of Marvel sleeping when he got home. Partly because we were doting first-time parents who took pictures of every remotely cute thing he did (in-turn, we created a monster, ha!)
But partly? because sleep did not come easy for our sweet Marvel. It was a time of vulnerabilty and an opportunity for fear to come roaring out. Awake and asleep. It was here when fear was its strongest that I saw the power of Love.
Many nights, in the early season of Marvel sleeping in our room, he would wake up overwhelmed with fear and I would reach down and rub his back or hold his hand. As he gripped my hand in his and slowly drifted back into desperately-needed rest, I saw that Love. Perfect Love that only our Heavenly Father can pour out. Was more powerful than even the deepest, most rooted fears.
"Above all, love each other deeply, because love covers over a multitude of sins." 1 Peter 4:8
You see...Love doesn't erase the sins. It doesn't get rid of the hard stuff or make any of those things disappear, the way we might want it to.
But. It does release us from the power those things have over us. Deep Love, Perfect Love. brings us the strength we need to walk through the hard things without being overtaken by them.
It covers us. It empowers us. It heals us.
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