In March, we asked our prayer warrior friends to pray for us concerning a potential match involving a 6 year old boy. We were torn. We know it's harder to place older children but we had decided we didn't want to mess with birth order this time around; we wanted a child age 5 or under. As our friends searched God's heart with us, one friend came back with an interesting word from God, "Disabled." Confusing, to say the least. While I had grown up with the passion to adopt 20 or more special needs children, the Good Doctor had no such passion. And by this point, I wasn't sure that adding a disabled child to a home with such large numbers was the greatest idea. But like any word that comes from these trusted Christian friends, I pondered it in my heart and added it to my word - disabled but victorious.
We did decide to present to the situation with the 6 year old but another family was chosen. And as only Jesus can do, it was sealed with a Heavenly surprise: The chosen family "just happened" to be on their way to a spring break vacation, traveling through the area where this mother and her son lived. They were able to stop in and meet them right away. So I tucked both of these words away and they became part of my prayers for our future child. I wrote the word VICTORIOUS in the center of a page in my journal and circled it. I told God I wasn't going to stop praying until our victorious child was home. Little did I know what was coming.
1 Samuel 1:27 - I prayed for this child, and the Lord has granted me what I asked of Him.
When each of our children was little I chose a Bible verse to pray over them. For some, the verse came to me when they were very young. For others, I went through several verses before settling on "the one." It's amazing to pray each child's verse over him or her and to see how fitting it is for his or her situation. Their verses are posted on their pictures that hang in the hallway so we can all be reminded of God's promises to them.
As I started to explore verses for Victor, I found several that speak to victory. Someday I'll narrow it down to just one, but for now, please join me in praying these over Victor. The neat thing about the Psalm 20 passage is that during our wedding ceremony, John and I shared Bible verses that would guide our marriage and verse 7 of this passage was one of the verses we read that day.
1 Corinthians 15:54-58
Where, O death, is your sting?”[b]
1 John 5:1-4
Everyone who believes that Jesus is the Christ is born of God, and everyone who loves the father loves his child as well. This is how we know that we love the children of God: by loving God and carrying out his commands. In fact, this is love for God: to keep his commands.And his commands are not burdensome, for everyone born of God overcomes the world. This is the victory that has overcome the world, even our faith. Who is it that overcomes the world? Only the one who believes that Jesus is the Son of God.
Psalm 20: 1-8
may the name of the God of Jacob protect you.
May he send you help from the sanctuary
and grant you support from Zion.
May he remember all your sacrifices
and accept your burnt offerings.[b]
May he give you the desire of your heart
and make all your plans succeed.
May we shout for joy over your victory
and lift up our banners in the name of our God.
The Lord gives victory to his anointed.
He answers him from his heavenly sanctuary
with the victorious power of his right hand.
Some trust in chariots and some in horses,
but we trust in the name of the Lord our God.
They are brought to their knees and fall,