Growing up my mother would tell me that faith without works is dead. She would remind me of the scripture frequently when I would tell her I wanted to do something or accomplish a goal. I remember in college our countless phone conversations. When she would ask how my classes were going, I would respond with a childlike voice and say “Makin A’s mom, makin A’s.” She would always follow that with, remember, faith without works is dead.
For whatever reason, today that seems to be the theme running through my head. We have stepped out in faith on this journey. We fully recognize and accept that this will not be easy and that this will require much work… and much faith! As we prepare our families, friends, our home, a room, our minds, and our hearts for each step in this process, I am reminded that our faith is nothing if there are no works.
Now, anyone that knows me, knows that I am on top of things. I very much have a “Type A” personality. I also like to get things done quickly and done right! I like to have everything prepared and not delay a process because we did not take care of something. I recall the planning of our wedding and my now husband saying to me, “Babe, you realize that our wedding day is not going to be perfect, that something will go wrong.” My response was simple, but direct. “It will not be because of lack of planning and preparation.” My faith was in the fact that God had brought us together and that He would bless that day, and that the hard work that went into planning that special day, would pay off. Needless to say, we had the most perfect wedding day… not one single glitch! Now I fully understand that you can prepare down to the finest detail for anything in life, and sometimes it does not work the way you hoped, but like I said, it won’t be because of something we did not do to prepare!
So what are we doing to prepare for this child? Of course we are preparing a room, it is about half way done and should be completed before the end of this coming weekend, minus a few details. Our home is also in the process of being child ready and should be done before the end of the month. We are fully immersed in the classes, paperwork and other items we are required to be completed by the agency. Yes, those things seem to be what should be happening, what we need to be doing in order to be approved. But there is more… we are busy preparing our hearts and our minds for this huge transition from married, to married with children, and more than likely not a baby. We are both avid readers so anything we can get our hands on to read and educate ourselves has been downloaded onto our iPads. If there are movies or documentaries to be watched, we are attempting to find them. Using the internet as a resource and simply learning all we can in a short time.
We understand that the true learning will come when a child is placed in our home and we are parenting, and that NO amount of preparation we attempt will ever truly prepare us for our children. We also understand that even though we have prepared as much as humanly possible, that we will need support, advice and resources to help us along the way. We embrace those things and know that nothing is impossible with God. That He has set this journey before us and entrusted us with His children. That He already knows the path we are about to walk and that we submit our human works in faith to Him.
James 2:26 – For as the body without the spirit is dead, so faith without works is dead also.