Children are like trees

I have no greater joy than to hear that my children are walking in the truth. ~ 3 John v4

If you’re a parent – how are your trees? What have you done today to nurture and strengthen them?

In the clip below, Andrew Peterson explains the back story of and then sings his song “Planting Trees“.

The song starts at 3:55

 

Cement Children

Last week our daughter commenced a new era, starting full-time primary school. Like almost every parent we mused about how quickly the time passed from when she was just a gurgling baby. The oft neglected urgency in raising children is the limited time you have to influence, shepherd and mold character. Doug Wilson illustrates it well:

In construction work, one of the good things about a concrete pour is that, no matter what, a couple hours later, you’re all done. This is also one of the really bad things about it. You don’t want to start out with a long foundation wall and wind up with a patio.

Kids are a concrete pour. The time they will spend in your home goes past a lot faster than you thought it would.

Churches supporting Adoptive Families

The specific needs of an adoptive family differ significantly from those of a biological. Yes, there are many common elements to any family, regardless of how it is formed – however if you are involved with adoption, there are many unknowns and stigmas still (wrongly) attached to adoption … This is the case whether you are willingly involved as an adoptive parent, or (possibly) unwillingly involved as an adoptee or extended family member.

Jason Kovacs from Desiring God has put forward some great suggestions to Churches and Pastors wanting to help adoptive parents.

Together for Adoption exists to help everyone understand the significance of James 1:27

“Religion that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.”

This includes numerous links to various organisations involved with adoption support for both prospective and actual adoptive parents as well as support for adoptees. It is predominantly USA based, but provides a good international overview. For Australians, there are numerous resources available. Some are in my blog roll on the side of this blog and a few others listed below.

Australian State Government Authorities (i.e. our Adoption Agencies)
This is THE starting point for all Australian citizens adopting from within Australia, locally and internationally.

Australian Based Support Groups

Post Adoption Resource Centre

Lets Talk About Adoption

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