July 27 – A Son from God!

Posted on July 27, 2011

Our Adoption Story (So Far!)

I am convinced that Josiah’s adoption fell into our laps straight out of Heaven. Danielle Youngblood contacted us on Sunday evening, June 12, to pray for her pregnant friend and asked if we knew anyone interested in adopting. I instantly felt urged by the Spirit to talk to Kristi about the possibility of us filling that need. We prayed and slept on it, and in the morning we both felt certain that we should at least pursue it. Five days later we met with Brittanie, and after chatting with her for a couple of hours, she said she wanted us to have her baby! It turns out that she had met me before, at a birthday party for Danielle’s young daughter last summer. She said she could tell by my interaction with the kids then that I would make a great dad, and she really wanted the baby “to be raised in the church.”

In a way it is a double miracle, as Brittanie was originally going to have an abortion. When she found out she was pregnant, though, she was already too far along to have the procedure in Idaho, so she was going to go to Oregon or Washington to have it done. Her sister talked her out of it, telling her she thought God wouldn’t want her to do it. Brittanie said she prayed about it and she felt like God was telling her not to go through with an abortion–that there was “the perfect couple” waiting for her baby!

God’s timing is amazing. Kristi and I had given up hope of ever having kids about five years ago. We’ve been married 20 years this September and unable to conceive. We are both in our forties (I much farther along than she!). We had looked into adopting some time ago, but early on in the process it just seemed like it wasn’t meant to be. I was OK with being childless (or at least, I thought I was), but Kristi was not. All she had ever wanted was to marry a pastor and be a stay-at-home mommy. It seemed clear that the latter just wasn’t going to happen. However, God was at work…

About 3 months ago, I really felt compelled (now I know it was the Spirit leading) to do two things: 1) Get on a more “normal” and regular schedule, and 2) begin to clear out one of our bedrooms for a guest room. (As it turns out, it was for a permanent guest!) Further, about 2 months ago (April 2011), I was driving down the road and just thinking about what it would have been like to have had a child, imagining playing with my child, seeing him or her grow up and start a new generation of the family line and carry on family traditions and own family heirlooms. I suddenly began to weep so intensely that I had to pull over, grieving for the child I never had–and thought I never would have. Of course, now I can see that this, too, was God at work, preparing my heart for my coming son!

But that’s not all!

Later that week I decided on a whim (yeah, right!) to take an intensive NT Greek course through a local church’s intern seminary program. The class would cover one entire academic year of Greek in only ten weeks, meeting two hours every morning Monday through Thursday. I contacted the instructor and inquired about enrolling. Because I am a local pastor, he said they would be happy to let me take the course for FREE! The day it started was Monday, June 20, only three days after we had met with Brittanie. In the “getting to know you” segment of that first class, I mentioned what was going on with the adoption, and how it had caught us totally by surprise. Larry, the guy sitting RIGHT NEXT TO ME, jolted, his eyes wide and his jaw hanging open. He exclaimed, “That EXACT same thing happened to my wife and me 10 months ago!”

Larry had me come over to his house and meet his wife Tamara and their beautiful adopted baby son, Judson. They gave me the name and number of their lawyer, who has done thousands of adoptions. He charges a reasonable flat fee, with no hidden costs regardless of how much extra stuff he might have to end up doing. They also referred me to the Christian social worker they had used, who had helped them to “creatively get through some of the hoops.” Both are far less expensive than “typical” people in their positions, and both really want to see babies get adopted and not aborted!

I ended up having to drop the Greek class. I just didn’t have the time to dedicate to it because of work and everything entailed in the adoption. But I’m convinced that God lined that whole thing up (the timing, the location, being offered free tuition) just so I could meet Larry and his family and get the referral for the lawyer and social worker.

After we had met with Brittanie and decided we were going to adopt her baby, Kristi and I began discussing possible names with Kristi’s sister Theresa. After disagreeing over a couple dozen boy’s names, we all agreed we loved the first name Josiah. Josiah was the name of the boy-king of Judah in the Old Testament who led his nation out of a fifty-seven-year culture of vile wickedness back to following the Lord. I suggested Scott as the middle name, and we all liked how that sounded: “Josiah Scott Guinn.”

I decided to research the meanings of the names…

  • “Josiah” means “Jehovah helps.”
  • “Scott,” although having come to mean simply “a person from Scotland,” originally meant “noble.”
  • “Guinn” originally meant “Blessed and holy.”

“Josiah Scott Guinn.” We all felt that was quite a strong and fitting name for a miracle baby and the son of a pastor!

As if all of this was not enough, God’s perfect timing came into play once again. I had the great joy of making the announcement of the adoption to our church family (some of whom had been praying for us for 10-20 years to have a miracle baby) on FATHER’S DAY! I preached on Josiah and how no king before or after him had repented so completely. I explained what his name meant (“Jehovah helps”), and how God is always willing to help those who faithfully follow Him, even if it may take longer than we would like. Then I steered the message into the announcement of the adoption and what the baby’s name would be. There was not a dry eye in the place, and the whole church gathered around us and wept tears of joy with us. (Click here to listen to that sermon)

Throughout the early stages, our single biggest concern was finances. We figured we would be able to pinch pennies regarding the day-to-day aspects of living with an extra family member; our worry was the initial significant costs involved with the adoption itself and the preparation of our home for a baby. We literally needed to get our house in order! Where would we get enough money to do the necessary home renovations, pay the legal, medical and other related adoption fees, plus purchase the necessary furniture and accouterments for the nursery?

We need not have worried. First, we were blessed to learn that Brittanie is on Medicaid, and they will cover 100% of all medical expenses through the birth. One obstacle was out of the way, but there was still an awful lot of expense to be handled.

I had a pretty extensive magic library (I was a full-time professional magician for nearly two decades), and began to sell off my books, along with some other magic-related items. While I made pennies on the dollar on some of them, more than a few had become collectors’ items and were now worth many times what I had paid for them! The income derived from these sales alone more than covered all the legal and social services fees! Praise the Lord!

On Saturday, July 9, we had a yard sale. Several families donated items, and we had a ton of our own stuff we wanted to get rid of to make room for the nursery. Lots of people told us that if we made $300-$400 in a one-day sale or $500-$600 in a two-day sale, that would be a huge success. We had a one-day sale. Somehow we made over $1100! To God be the glory!

The following Saturday I put on a magic show for our friends, with free hot dogs, chips, and soda following. We explained that donations would be accepted, but were not required. We just wanted to celebrate with our friends. About 80 people attended. When I counted the money in the donation can, I began to bawl like a little girl—again, the Lord had provided just over $1100!

In addition, over the course of this period we had several people give us unsolicited donations. Two were every large: the first was $1000 and the second was $2000! The financial obstacles we had worried about had been completely removed!

“Do not be anxious about anything. Instead, in every situation, through prayer and petition with thanksgiving, tell your requests to God.” (Philippians 4:6)

In retrospect, I can see the hand of God in every aspect of this adoption, going all the way back to when Danielle first came to our church several years ago! Kristi and I are now looking forward with increased faith and eager anticipation for this exciting new adventure God has given to us in the gift of a miracle son! A son from God!

God is GOOD! ALL the time!

But a miracle son for one Idaho couple is less than a drop in the bucket to Him.

“Indeed, He who did not spare His own Son, but gave Him up for us all — how will He not also, along with Him, freely give us all things?” (Romans 8:32)

He gave the miracle of miracles when he gave His OWN one and only Son for us, so that WE could become HIS adopted sons and daughters!

“But to all who have received Him — those who believe in His name — He has given the right to become God’s children — children not born by human parents or by human desire or a husband’s decision, but by God.” (John 1:12-13)

“For all who are led by the Spirit of God are the sons of God. For you did not receive the spirit of slavery leading again to fear, but you received the Spirit of adoption, by whom we cry, ‘Abba, Father.’ Not only this, but we ourselves also, who have the firstfruits of the Spirit, groan inwardly as we eagerly await our adoption, the redemption of our bodies. For we were saved with this hope in mind.” (Romans 8:14-15, 23-24a)

So while His grace still amazes us, it shouldn’t surprise us. He is a God of mighty miracles, who made all things and sustains them by His will. I couldn’t have imagined that after twenty years without children He would suddenly provide us one so perfectly, but then, our God “is able to do infinitely more than all we ask or imagine according to His power that is working among us. To Him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus to all generations, forever and ever! Amen! (Ephesians 3:20-21)



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