adoptionMy husband and I had only been married about a year and half when we took our first mission trip to Haiti.

To be honest, it never occurred to me that God was using this trip to prime the pump for something big–which turned out to be adoption.

But something happened when I worked with orphan children in Haiti.

My heart broke.

Though I didn’t understand the complexities of adoption back then, God used that trip to open my heart to adoption.

That’s when the adoption calling began for me–an amen and so be it to an amazing journey to my three children.

I don’t think this calling is for everyone. In the same way not everyone is called into vocational missions or pastoring a church, not everyone is called to adopt.

But here’s the important thing: Although not all of us are called to adopt, we’re all called to something. A new job, a relationship or ministry. 

And when we say yes to a calling, then we say amen and so be it to whatever God has planned for our lives.

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When you say yes, did you know you’re actually saying amen?

Because saying amen means submitting to God’s sovereign plan for your life.

It’s saying, “Yes, so be it–I submit to Your way, not mine.”

It’s acknowledging who God is and how he holds our lives in His hands.

Instead of being an end to a prayer, it’s the beginning of something new.


In Beth Guckenberger’s new book, Start with Amen, she dives into the meaning of the word amen and highlights how it helps us understand our relationship with God.

“Throughout the centuries, Christian tradition has taught us to end prayers with amen. But the Bible is full of stories and passages where God’s people started their prayers with amen. Why?  Amen is more than just a way to punctuate a conversation with the God of the Universe. Amen is a declaration of who God is and who we are in relation to him. It is a moment of submission and worship, saying ‘So be it’ to a Sovereignty that holds all things, and acknowledging “It is as you say” to him who holds our lives.”

In the near future, I’ll be introducing you to an exclusive interview with Beth about her new book, Start with Amen.

Stay tuned! I’m excited for you to meet Beth and hear about her new book.



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