My house is sprinkled with
reminders of the little man who graced us with his presence for the past week.
Bottles and baby toys and formula. After more than two years of starting the
process of fostering to adopt and having to put it on hold and starting the
entire process over, our home was officially certified two weeks ago. The whole
process is interesting in it of itself. With the interviews and training and
the compassion and grace that must take place to really be able to do it.
People often say they could
But for me, it was not matter of whether
or not I could do it but a matter of
to God and his calling on our
It was reading through James and hearing God's confirmation that
pure and faultless religion is taking care of orphans (James 1:27).
It was saying yes to opening our
home to strangers and inconveniences and covering them in
and grace and
truly believing that God is faithful.
Fostering is so much more than
taking in a child but taking in a piece of a hurting family. It is being a
cheerleader and encourager for the parents to get the help they need and taking
care of their precious child in the mean time, for however long God seems fit.
It is praying for redemption and
salvation and seeing the roots of it firsthand.
It is committing to pray for the
family long after the last bag is packed and good-byes are said, knowing full
well that you may not see them again on this side of eternity.
It is pouring your heart out like a drink
offering and being thankful that you can feel and love and give unconditionally,
all in the name of Jesus.
It is truly learning how to
embrace today with open hands for whatever God has in store. Whatever call comes
across your phone and being ready with a yes.
It is teaching your biological
children that there is something bigger than just your family. That the world
does not revolve around their soccer practices or recitals or piano lessons or
appointments but around others, all in the name of Jesus. It is learning that
sometimes they have to wait and how they are not the center of your world - God
is - and living it out in front of them.
It is remembering that
no matterhow our children came to us
, whether by womb or through prayer and superfluous
amounts of paper work, they are not ours. And not forever. And when it is time
for them to go, being comforted that God is with them wherever it may be (Joshua 1:9).
Praying that you would open your
hearts and minds to the possibility of foster care or adoption and that if God
has been leading you towards it, in any sense of the way, that you would
be obedient and seek out the next steps and that God would be faithful to open
the right doors and give you grace and love to pour out.
Praying that you would see past
the stacks of papers and background checks and in to the hearts of God's children.
Praying that you would see the need and that you would find a way to help in
whatever capacity that it may be, whether through prayer or babysitting for a
foster family or becoming one yourself.
Here's to impacting the world,
one person at a time.