Let me take a minute and share a quick story. Once there was a single mom who got pregnant from a man that was not ready to be a father or take care of a baby. That mom was faced with many choices raise a baby, abort a baby, or give that sweet baby up for adoption. The mom made the tough choice of giving the baby up for adoption, she carried around the life for nine months that she had made, she had a connection with but she still made the tough choice to give the baby up for adoption. The thought of birthing that child and never knowing what she’d grow up to be or even look like. Would this baby be the next president, cancer researcher or have a family like she wished could provide for her. She selflessly surrendered her writes to her baby girl and gave her baby to a family in Florida which created my story. I am an Adopted child, I do not know my biological mothers name, and I do not know if my biological father even knows if I exist but I do know I was created with a story. I struggle for years believing someone did not want me, this woman wanted to get rid of me but just this past year I came to the realization that I was chosen. I had been chosen; realizing that was the calling on my life instead of rejection was a deep healing in my soul.
I wrestled with God for many years with being adopted until two years ago I sat broken when I read a letter from the adoption organization that my biological mother did not leave her name or any information but just a history of how I came into this world. I know every person first question after finding out that I was adopted, has always been have you met your birth mother? No, I have not and I would love to but I am not sure it will happen in this lifetime. I have taken my responsibility to pray for her and one day I am going to get to heaven and just know that she was the one that made that tough choice of love not rejection.
So why tell you this story well, here’s my ask, I attend Brentwood Church when I am in town in Lynchburg. The morning after God really started to break through in my life in the adoption area, the church was in need for a team to come together to raise money for a family to internationally adopt. I immediately felt God say do it, I did not want too. I wanted to ignore this tugging at my heart and I have to help by raising a 1,000 dollars. I thought God please don’t make me tell my story anymore, it hurts to feel rejected. He said you have been chosen Ashley not rejected so stand up and tell your story.
So I am standing up and I am running my first marathon in November in Richmond Va. I want to run it to raise support for this adoption, all I need is 40 people willing to give 26$ and I will do my part and run the 26 miles. My life has been forever affected and changed because of adoption and I really want to give some other little girl or boy the same blessing. God has a calling and a furious pursuit for our lives, let’s be a part of getting a child into the home with a family that can love and speak truth into this sweet child’s life. To be held at night, to be raised knowing they were chosen for specific purpose and they are fearfully and wonderfully made.
All you have to do is go to this website http://brentwoodchurch.org/mosaic/adoption/ashleyjames/
and donate for my team. I will do the part and run for this child’s story. I mean how many times in life do we get to be consciously apart of the furious pursuit of God.
My life could look so different, I could have been aborted but I am here and I don’t want to waste another moment not making a difference with the amazing story God has given me. I use to wonder what my story would look like if she would have kept me, but I know that God knew what He was doing in and through me. So many times we just think it is some small story but let it be known I was chosen for such a time as this. So please join in with me and let’s be a part of the furious pursuit of God for this sweet child in another country.
3 Praise be to the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, who has blessed us in the heavenly realms with every spiritual blessing in Christ. 4 For he chose us in him before the creation of the world to be holy and blameless in his sight. In love 5 he predestined us for adoption to son ship through Jesus Christ, in accordance with his pleasure and will— 6 to the praise of his glorious grace, which he has freely given us in the One he loves. 7 In him we have redemption through his blood, the forgiveness of sins, in accordance with the riches of God’s grace 8 that he lavished on us. With all wisdom and understanding, 9 he made known to us the mystery of his will according to his good pleasure, which he purposed in Christ, 10 to be put into effect when the times reach their fulfillment—to bring unity to all things in heaven and on earth under Christ.
11 In him we were also chosen, having been predestined according to the plan of him who works out everything in conformity with the purpose of his will, 12 in order that we, who were the first to put our hope in Christ, might be for the praise of his glory. 13 And you also were included in Christ when you heard the message of truth, the gospel of your salvation. When you believed, you were marked in him with a seal, the promised Holy Spirit, 14 who is a deposit guaranteeing our inheritance until the redemption of those who are God’s possession—to the praise of his glory.