Happy New Year! I hope you and your family and friends have had a wonderful holiday season! I have been blessed. With the new year comes resolutions and a desire to be "happier and healthier." With the best intentions, many times, resolutions wane and we find ourselves in a rut. As a result, I don't make a resolution, but I do what several others do and choose a word.
My word for 2024 is TRUST. I bet most of you thought it would be hopeful. I am still hopeful, but I think it's important to focus on trust. With adoption, it's a journey, not a destination. When one decides to navigate this path, there are twists and turns, peaks and valleys, and forks in the road.
TRUST noun 1 a) assured reliance on the character, ability, strength, or truth of someone or something b) one in which confidence is placed 2 a) dependence on something future or contingent: HOPE 3 CARE, CUSTODY
a) a charge or duty imposed in faith or confidence or as a condition of some relationship
b) something committed or entrusted to one to be used or cared for in the interest of another
I think trust is the perfect word. It describes so many parts of the adoption process and life in general. Because trust is based on something that at times difficult to do, it is a requirement when building relationships and going through a journey. During this journey, I will need to:
Trust God: He has a plan, and while that plan may not be known at the moment, it will be presented at the right time - His time.
Trust the process: This is a process and this process takes time.
Earn the trust of the birth mother
Extend trust to the birth mother
I know trust will be difficult at times, when I'm in a rut, at a fork in the road, or if I'm in the depths of a valley, trying to fight to reach the next peak. I will prayerfully remind myself that I must extend trust - knowing that God is in control and there's a process that will follow.