Lately I have thought a lot about the word embrace. And actually decided that this was going to be the word to describe where I am in life. So I looked it up to check out its full meaning. The Merriam-Webster definition says that embrace means to take up especially readily or glady; to welcome. Another dictionary adds that it is to receive gladly; accept willingly. After reading these definitions I was convinced that this was going to be "my" word.
It is easy to get frustrated with our circumstances in life. And for me dealing with infertility and then all the paperwork etc with the adoption process was causing some frustrations. I felt uptight, moody, disappointed, indignant and a little depressed. Until one day I just thought about the word EMBRACE! I knew that if I would just accept this path with joy and gladness, that if I would welcome it then I would find some peace and a little grace to keep me going. I also felt I needed to tie the word embrace with surrender. It's not necessarily enought to just accept my circumstances but I needed to surrender them to the One who knows all my needs. So here I am, handing it over to God, trusting Him with the outcome and embracing it as I go!
One more thing though...can I share with you what else I found when looking up the word embrace? Its synonym...ADOPT! Coincidence? You tell me.