By JEFF NEWPHER

“A dream is a wish your heart makes.”–Cinderella

When Walt Disney had Cinderella sing about dreams, he may have been unknowingly describing many women, but not Delana Stewart.
Stewart’s dream was not a wish, it was a real vision. It was an actual dream; like an experience you see, ending when you wake up from sleep.
Adoption Dream
“I had a very moving dream. When I woke up, I had several things going through my mind, like the voice of God speaking to me in my dream, that I needed to take care of this child and she was for me,” said Stewart.

Was “this child” one of her three boys, aged 2, 4 and 6? No, it was a girl, not yet part of her and her husband James’ family.
In her book, Nine Year Pregnancy, Stewart writes about the dream that began a journey to adopt a child.

She tells how while doing humanitarian work in places around the world, they waited for opened doors: how some opened and then closed.
“The last year was more like labor and delivery, so I settled on the title, ‘Nine Year Pregnancy.’”

Adoption, Stewart said, is a combination of many things. Waiting may be the hardest component.

“One of the things I really struggled with in the nine years was asking for an answer to prayer and knowing when to give up,” she said.

Sometimes, a visible reason to give up was right in front of her. “Already having 3 children was an obstacle (to adoption).”

But the journey continued.

Sometimes a reason to give up was a personal, spiritual question.
“There were definitely periods of time when I thought I was putting the desire for ‘a gift’ (a child) above the Giver (God). I was putting my desire for God’s answer to prayer before my desire to walk with God,” Stewart said.

The journey continued.

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