During my 1st year in pastoral ministry, an opportunity to learn about Fatherless Homes in America, and the devastating effects it had on children across the country, presented itself.  In the form of an invitation from The Washington Post and Jerry Falwell, I found myself flying to Washington D.C. for a week of Conference style meetings.  I came away, after meeting with Senators and other public speakers for a week, heading back to Texas with purpose in my heart to reach young people facing similar circumstances and setbacks.  I quickly learned what spiritual adoption truly meant. Never before had I been made aware of the devastation imposed on America’s children, and worsened only by the absence of a mother.

Set Apart

November is National Adoption Awareness Month in the United States of America.  The word “adoption” alone is a seemingly set-apart label, even if unintentional.  It signifies by description the life of one who has been left alone; of one who has not been claimed, and of one who does not belong. Although harsh as it sounds, it is one of the stigma’s identifying people among us, who have suffered varying degrees of isolation, rejection, and have often found themselves feeling the void of the place called “adoption”.

Spiritual Adoption

For nearly four years, after my trip to Washington, D.C., our team worked tirelessly to reach nearly 400 young at-risk youth every Friday night with a message of love and acceptance, in the family of God.  Another form of adoption, or spiritual adoption, is found in the welcoming arms of a loving church and church family; a strong place where relief, stability and accountability that forms a healthy foundation for life can be experienced.  These children were not orphaned, in the sense that there were no parents, but in their relationship with the Lord, there was need for adoption, or engrafting into the family of God.

God Himself Adopts Us

Adopted. Another word for engrafted. Absorbed. Meshed and ‘made as one’ with the host family. Great attempts and laborious amounts of heartfelt effort goes into Formal Adoptions, through our current legal system. Much hope and prayer from everyone involved, especially the children who are of the age of understanding, has gone into each personal journey on that path. Having to face the fear of “hope deferred,” for multitudes, has left its mark etched on many a callous heart.  Callous only for being hardened against such heart wrenching difficulties. For many the road never quite comes to an end.  For the most part, there is healing in life but for those who carry the pain of not belonging, there is a place reserved by the Father called Adoption! God Himself adopts us into His heart of compassion and family of love.

It Touched My Heart

Of the many definitions to the word adoption, one came through closest to touching my heart.  “The act or process of giving official acceptance or approval to something.” Odd how the simple defining of this word seemed to have a tough time, too; imagine the person whose life is in the process of being adopted. Imagine the person, passed over again, who’s not.

In this November’s highlight of National Adoption Awareness Month, my hope is that a warmer, more embracing and open dialogue of encouragement would comfort those on the journey. Also, that the journey would be less harsh, more simplified where possible, with much more happy results for all involved.

Sandra Cerda
Minister/Author/Publisher
www.cerdaministries.org
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Sandra Cerda
Sandra Cerda

Sandra Cerda is an Ordained Minister, through the laying on of hands by the late John Osteen, Lakewood Church, in Houston, Tx.  She has overcome multiple Sexual Assaults as a child, teen and young adult, severe Drug and Alcohol Addiction, murderous Domestic Violence, black magic Witchcraft, Major Depression, Suicide and more, surviving a medical death sentence which gave her only months to live… 28 years ago!

Sandra Cerda is an Ordained Minister, through the laying on of hands by the late John Osteen, Lakewood Church, in Houston, Tx.  She has overcome multiple Sexual Assaults as a child, teen and young adult, severe Drug and Alcohol Addiction, murderous Domestic Violence, black magic Witchcraft, Major Depression, Suicide and more, surviving a medical death sentence which gave her only months to live… 28 years ago!

Near death

With infection covering nearly 100% of her body, she often found herself stuck to sheets and pillowcases. After 30 months and 10 doctors, she found herself sitting
at the back of a church that believed in Miracles! She was a practicing black-magic witch and suicidal-drug addict, when God heard her prayer! She is completely healed and whole today, moving in the Five-Fold Ministry Gifts with a very strong Prophetic Gift, gifted in Deliverance. The miracle, healing power of God, through Prophetic Spiritual Warfare, works through her life, touching and liberating people everywhere she ministers.  Former Spokes/Fashion and Commercial Print Model, Published Author, Sandra Cerda’s story has been broadcast over the years, through Daystar, TBN, 700 Club and Heart to Heart interviewers Joni Lamb, Spiritual Mother Dodie Osteen and Sheila Walsh with special reference highlighted in Mrs. Walsh’s book, Life is Tough but God is Faithful (available at amazon.com).

For more on Sandra Cerda, read her Story at www.cerdaministries.org   Contact Sandra Cerda for ministry
and experience this Prophetic/Warfare, Yoke-Destroying Anointing.
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