My Father Knows My Name

adoption being brave loving jesus Mar 04, 2020

A few years ago, I was immensely blessed to be on the launch team for a book by Jen Hatmaker. The women I met on that team continue to be an amazing group of friends, and one of the dearest is Kelly Johnson. Last year, Kelly’s first book, Being Brave, was released–and if you haven’t read it yet, take a second to click the link at the bottom of this post and get your copy now! Earlier this year, Kelly began running a series called What Being Brave Looks Like, and today I am honored to be sharing a bit of my own story on her blog…


Reaching out to my biological father is one of the bravest things I have ever done. I had always  known I was adopted, in much the same way I knew I had brown hair and a birthmark on my cheek. It was part of who I was, but it didn’t consume or define me. I had (and have) two loving parents and two big brothers, and my family was pretty complete. At nineteen I decided I wanted to connect with my biological roots, so I “met” my biological mother—although it turned out I had actually known her my whole life as a family friend. Though it seemed a bit surreal at the time, having that lifelong relationship with her is such a gift and made the biological link that much more special. I thought that was enough.

Months later, though, I found God placing a new task in front of me: finding my biological father. Um, no, God, I told Him, I think we’ll just let sleeping dogs lie. I already geared myself up for a search once, and I am so glad I didn’t actually have to do too much. It was easy. I think I’m good here. But gently He encouraged me to step outside of my comfort zone, reminding me I would regret doing nothing. He compelled me to be brave and let Him handle the rest.

Read the full post here.


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