Twice Adopted

Today my heart is filled with joy!

Last night Ken and I had the wonderful privilege of leading our children in prayer to accept Jesus into their hearts. As Christian parents, there is no greater joy. Of course, we don’t know what the future holds. We don’t know if our kids will wander away from their faith or always cling to it tightly, but we can pray that now that they have taken this step, they will grow in their understanding of the gospel of Christ and grow stronger and more knowledgeable in their faith. Having a strong foundation will be just what they need when faced with big decisions, as well as all of the smaller choices along their journey of life. I look forward to teaching them and growing along with them. No question will be off the table. The more you question your faith and find it true, the stronger it becomes. Ken and I won’t always have the answer, but God does and we can ask in earnest for His discernment as we strive to raise our kids in this world where I think it will be more challenging to be a Christian than when I was growing up.

Yesterday morning, I had no idea that by bedtime our kids would have both agreed that they wanted to make this commitment to Christ. We went to church and they were taught about Zacchaeus in Sunday School. Then during the afternoon we popped in the dvd  “Buck Denver asks…What’s in the Bible?” I cannot recommend these movies enough. They are by Phil Vischer, the creator of Veggie Tales, and they take on powerful Biblical truths and explain them. They are humorous but full of skits that help kids AND adults understand the Bible. I think I learn something every time I watch one.

That, along with other circumstances of the day, led the kids to ask questions about God and heaven and one thing lead to another. We had talked about a lot of these things before, but yesterday both kids seemed eager to learn more. Our pastor had read from Psalm 139 during his message and I felt led to read that to the kids, as a confidence booster and encourager, especially with them being adopted. I want them to know beyond a shadow of a doubt, that God knew them before they were born and had a special plan for their lives. They were not an accident. God thinks about them and doesn’t leave them, even during the night as they sleep or during tough times. They were loved before they were even created, as were we all!

I remembered an article in the Clubhouse Jr. magazine that we just received that talked about finding the Treasure of Jesus. Ken read the article to them and asked if they wanted to pray to ask Jesus to be their Savior. They both said yes, and to make it more memorable and to show our humble respect, we all knelt at the couch and prayed. Of course, our son first did a summersault and then tried to stand on his head {because he’s a 7-year-old boy} but he eventually got to a kneeling position and prayed. We told them how proud we were of them and that this was only the beginning. The magazine article had a certificate that they could fill in with their name and the date so I made a copy of that and they excitedly filled it in.

We let them know that now that they had started a personal relationship with Jesus, they could take communion at church. This raised a lot of other questions and we read about the about Lord’s Supper before bedtime.  I’m really anticipating the Easter season now that they will hopefully have more insight into the significance of it all.

Today I picked up a couple of inexpensive picture frames for them to decorate, which will hold their certificates, as a reminder of their decision. Our church has communion on the first Sunday of the month—which will be this coming Sunday–and we will continue to prepare them for participation in that. I think we’ll head out for a special lunch afterwards.

Meanwhile, a lot of life will go on as usual, with the usual disagreements and complaining, but I hope that we will now be able to speak to them on a little different level. They have been twice adopted–not only into our family, but now also into the family of God, and the Holy Spirit dwells within them, encouraging, comforting and guiding them to make wise choices. They now have an inward “holy compass” that will direct them on the paths of righteousness, should they choose to listen to it. How I will pray to the end of my days that they will.

How great is the love the Father has lavished on us, that we should be called children of God! And that is what we are!    1 John 3:1

But when the fullness of the time had come, God sent forth His Son, born of a woman, born under the law, to redeem those who were under the law, that we might receive the adoption as sons.    Galatians 4:4-6

For as many as are led by the Spirit of God, these are sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of bondage again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption by whom we cry out, “Abba, Father.”    Romans 8:14-16

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12 comments

  1. Meileen says:

    I got the e-mail!!! GREAT NEWS about the kids. So happy for all of you!!!

  2. Jim Zidan says:

    Ah but you do have a promise. Proverbs 22:6 encourages us that those parents who “train up a child in the way he should go”, can count on the help of God, the presence of Christ,and the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to “keep that child” and prevent him from “departing from that training”, when he is older. I am learning how important prayer is for our children. I try to “do” so much to ensure my children faithfully follow their Lord. I need to spend more time praying for them. That is where the real power is.

    What a joy to see two parents who read, snuggle, and use every days “teachable moments to disciple their children. Keep up the good work, Grohs!

    • Laury says:

      Thanks Jim–for reading this, commenting, encouraging us and reminding us of that promise. The kids still say they miss you on occasion. Thanks for taking the time to play with them and positively impacting their lives.

  3. Connie says:

    No greater joy than to see our children & grandchildren walk with the Lord. Blessed beyond measure!

  4. Janie Manus says:

    <3

  5. Leon and Bonnie Rumford says:

    Dear Ones,

    You do not know us here in the State of Kansas, but we became acquainted with your parents when they attended an antique tractor show celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary.

    We have been so blessed by your posts about your family and all that you are doing. Today, it was a special blessing to see that both your children have accepted the Lord as their Savior. It is so wonderful to have all your family a member of the family of God.

    Speaking of “Twice Adopted”. We are acquainted with a family from Branson, MO who have adopted ten children and have a musical group called “Twice Adopted”. The children are from several different countries and have all accepted the Lord as their Savior, thus they are called “Twice Adopted.”

    We correspond with your parents and hope to be able to see then again sometime.

    In Christian Love,

    Leon and Bonnie Rumford

    • Laury says:

      Dear Rumfords,
      Thank you so much for reading my blog and for your encouraging comments. I just checked out “Twice Adopted” from Branson–thanks for letting me know about them! How wonderful! I’m thankful that you met my parents and I too hope that you can all visit again soon 🙂 Write again anytime!
      Laury

  6. Michele Simmons says:

    I have goosebumps reading this. It is so exciting. I am fighting tears both for you, Ken and the kids as well as for the thought of some day being in your shoes sharing with Miles.

    Love the blog. I enjoy being able to “catch up” with you from far away.

    • Laury says:

      Hi Michele! Thanks for reading and commenting! It’s encouraging to see that people are actually interested in our lives 🙂 I’ll tell ya, I wasn’t sure when this commitment was going to come from our kids. There were other times in years past when I thought maybe one or both of them would be ready to pray for salvation, but it just didn’t end up happening. Then all of a sudden, boom, it did and it was pretty wonderful 🙂 I pray that time will come for you and Mike to share such an experience with Miles. Now, to pray for them and encourage them daily along that path.

  7. Emily says:

    ah….LOVE it! I just thought to catch up on your blog and what a lovely surprise! (not to mention all the others….but this post is very special!) I love that you had the certificates, the frames and even the memory of kneeling together as a family to pray. May you all continue to know the warmth of His sweet face! <3

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