John Piper on Adoption and Service to the Fatherless

This is what I have been waiting for.  You must watch or listen to this sermon.  Reading it is good, but if you possibly can, please watch or listen to John Piper deliver this message:

What Does it Mean to Live By Faith in the Service of the Fatherless

Many things in this life are utterly opposite from the way they seem. And here is one of them. When the children of God—the followers of Jesus—are permitted to suffer in the path of love, the path of orphan care, God is giving a gift to the world. John Piper

Give yourself the gift of 32 min. of John Piper’s teaching and be encouraged…and then let’s talk about it.

~Lisa

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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.

20 Comments

  1. barb
    May 8, 2010

    Lisa,

    I am so glad you posted this. It was the part of the summit that meant the most to me. I was just about to order the CD but now I will listen to this sermon again via your blog. I took many notes while Dr. Piper spoke that night but notes just don't do justice to what he had to say. He was so sincere, so real and so relavent. Thanks for all you do–you are one of God's gifts to the world.

    barb (in Minnesota)

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      May 8, 2010

      Barb, thank you for being so kind. I'm glad you loved his talk too. I'm impressed that you were able to take notes; I was so impacted and had so many tears in my eyes, I don't think I would have been capable. I am so thankful that is available for free because it so easy to share with people we care about and other families with a heart for orphan care.

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    2. OneThankfulmom
      May 8, 2010

      Barb, thank you for being so kind. I'm glad you loved his talk too. I'm impressed that you were able to take notes; I was so impacted and had so many tears in my eyes, I don't think I would have been capable. I am so thankful that is available for free because it so easy to share with people we care about and other families with a heart for orphan care.

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  2. leslee
    May 8, 2010

    Oh, this is so timely! I've been listening to another sermon he gave in 2002 entitled Predestined for Adoption to the Praise of His Glory. I'm on my third listen – it's that good and THAT important to hear. I will download and listen to this one as well! Thank you!.
    Here's the link to the sermon if you are interested: http://www.desiringgod.org/ResourceLibrary/Sermon

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      May 8, 2010

      Thank you, Leslee. I will definitely listen to that one too. I have to drive to Seattle tomorrow, so I'll download it before I go.

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    2. OneThankfulmom
      May 8, 2010

      Thank you, Leslee. I will definitely listen to that one too. I have to drive to Seattle tomorrow, so I'll download it before I go.

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  3. bonnie
    May 8, 2010

    He makes it sound so easy – just have faith it doesn't matter what the circumstances are – but the truth is sometimes the circumstances are really really hard and hurtful and it is sooooo hard to face the next minute…. and truthfully our challengine child isn't very challenging compared to some others I know.

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      May 8, 2010

      Bonnie, I hear what you are saying, and I understand the hurt. It is so hard to keep loving and giving when we are weary. The thing that means so much to me is Piper's teaching that whether our adoptions are easy or we experience great suffering, it is not due to our failures or lack of faith. If we are Believers in Christ, our adoptions were all done by faith, and we can be sure that we are loved in spite of the suffering.

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  4. Audrey
    May 8, 2010

    Lisa, thank you so much for posting this link. We had one of our worst nights ever last night and I went to bed feeling so defeated. It was awful and I felt like a complete failure. I couldn't sleep and remembered that I had downloaded this message to my ipod. How it ministered to me! I am going to keep it on there to remind me of the bigger picture. What a blessing you are in my life – I can't tell you how often I come to this blog for answers when I just don't know what to do. Thank you!!

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      May 8, 2010

      Audrey, I am so glad you found John Piper's talk so helpful. Please do not feel like a failure. You are doing something so hard and even with all of the reading and training we pursue, nothing can prepare us for how challenging life can be with a child who has suffered trauma, neglect, etc. Therapeutic parenting has dropped me to my knees. Be sure to get support and take care of yourself.

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  5. Cindy
    May 9, 2010

    Bonnie, I want to encourage you also. I've went through some really hard times with my bio children and in the midst of that I began to learn what Faith really was. It's a promise of what is to come…., it's not seen now…..,otherwise we wouldn't need Faith. I had to pray and ask God to give me Faith, because I sure couldn't see anything good coming out of this situation. The verse that spoke to me was 1Peter 1:7 so that the genuineness of your faith, more precious than gold which though perishable is tested by fire, may redound to praise and glory and honor at the revelation of Jesus Christ. Without having seen him you love him; though you do not see him you believe in him and rejoice with unutterable and exalted joy.
    I felt like I was going through the fire as my faith was being tested, I also realized that though I've never seen Christ I believe in Him, why could I not believe that God would bring good out of this crisis. I encourage you to ask Him for that which you so desparately want, because I believe His a father who gives good gifts to His children, and your one of them:)

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      May 9, 2010

      Cindy, thank you for your good words.

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  6. Melanie
    May 9, 2010

    Lisa,
    My husband and I listened to this Friday night. It was really good. Our family is in the process of adopting from Ethiopia. However, we have a son that is on the autism spectrum. I could totally relate to that from the perspective of having a child with some special needs. As parents, we hurt and are weary from all the behaviors that go with that and he doesn't have past trauma. Many times there's just no explanation for what is going on. He has Asperger Syndrome…I noticed you have "The Out of Sync Child". I read that when my son was a preschooler/toddler. He is now 11. We have a 9 year old neurotypical bio. little girl as well. Our family has felt called now to walk the road of adoption. We know it will not always be easy, but we are excited about following God. Thanks for recommending this video. Melanie

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    1. OneThankfulmom
      May 9, 2010

      Melanie, thank you for introducing yourself and sharing your experience. I'm glad you liked John Piper's talk and were able to listen to it with your husband. Your life as the mom of a child with special needs is good preparation for dealing with the unexpected in adoption — because there is so much that we cannot anticipate. My guess is you are already resilient, which will serve you well!

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  7. Amy
    May 9, 2010

    Lisa,
    That was beautiful.
    And I really needed to hear it.
    Thanks,
    Amy

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  8. Tisha
    May 9, 2010

    Thank you for sharing that. What a profound and liberating sermon. I listened to it once, tears streaming down my face. Then, I listened to it again later the same day. Then, shared it with my husband. I loved that he said it is not about our "success" or what happens outwardly – we live by faith – period. We suffer by faith – we endure by faith – we adopt by faith – we struggle by faith – we simply desire God in all circumstances – it is not about increasing our faith to try to ensure a "better" outcome. Our outcome is going to be Heaven!!! Rejoice!

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  9. Tami
    May 9, 2010

    Thanks so much for linking to this message. We are 7 months into the placement of our two children from Ethiopia; ages 11 and 4 (and have two more adopted from Russia). Most days are good, but sometimes the sadness of all that these kids have been through and the grief over all that thy have lost can feel unbearable. Dr. Piper is so helpful at setting out focus back on God and that HE alone is enough.
    Just what I needed to hear tonight!

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  10. bonnie
    May 10, 2010

    Obviously we are going through the fire a bit right now… certianly were yesterday when I commented. I think that I do have faith for what God is doing in her, and just yesterday I said to my husband I wish I could figure out what I need to learn here and learn it so I could move foward – LOL. I have never thought that God promised everything would be easy – but it is harder than I expected to see her struggle and to struggle myself.

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  11. Bruce
    May 21, 2010

    Thanks so much for linking to this message. We are 7 months into the placement of our two children from Ethiopia; ages 11 and 4 (and have two more adopted from Russia). Most days are good, but sometimes the sadness of all that these kids have been through and the grief over all that thy have lost can feel unbearable. Dr. Piper is so helpful at setting out focus back on God and that HE alone is enough.
    Just what I needed to hear tonight!

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  12. Kelly
    June 25, 2010

    Thank you for posting this! We just listened to part of it last night and we so encouraged! We started a blog minus1project.blogspot.com. I can't wait to post it this weekend. Your family is beautiful!

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