When I was a
little girl I remember when I found out that there were children who no one wanted. Stories of orphanages full of babies and children who had no one to love on them, no one to kiss their owies, or wipe their tears away. No one to cheer them on and say “You CAN do it!” No one to share the love of God with them. They simply had no one. From that moment on God placed a burden in my heart to care for these little ones. It became a desire that could not be quenched!
“I want to open an orphanage one day where ALL of the children will know they are loved!” I declared one day while in elementary school.
When I learned of foster care that only fueled my passion to help these little ones who had to be taken away from their parents for one reason or another. Carrying hurts around with them on their slender young shoulders that no child should ever know. “I will take them all in!!” I thought.
Here we are, years later and the desire is just as strong as ever.
Before my husband and I married we discussed the possibility of fostering with maybe one day getting to adopt if that was in God’s plans for our family. The timing had never been quite right, until now.
Over the last year the Lord has been revealing to us that now was the time to begin the process. Prayers have been prayed and continue to be! We filled out the application and off it went, many prayers going with it!
Excitement and nerves abounded as we continued to gather information. Conversations with other foster parents we know were very beneficial! We have heard all of the, “I could never do that” and “It will hurt to much to give them back!” but we were looking for some more positive feedback from those who have been where we were about to go! Speaking with different foster parents has actually been SO refreshing!
We will invest in the lives of little ones. We will pray for reunification of families. We will do our best to let both our children, and those who enter our home if only for a season, know they are loved both by us, but even more so by our GREAT God!
No doubt tears will be shed as babies come and go, but that simply means they were loved with a great love, maybe for the first time in their lives! That is a love worth sharing and giving. A sacrifice worth making on our behalf so that others will know that brokenness does not have to be the end. Healing can be found! We are asking God to help us share the Light of the World with both children and their parents.
We have entered a world of unknowns and yet, we have peace about doing the next right thing, taking the next right step as God leads us. We have been loved with a GREAT love and we have been asked by God to share His love with these little ones by letting them enter our homes and hearts, sleep in a comfy bed, protect them, care for them and love them the way Christ loves us. No doubt it will be tough at times, but we have to also remember, it will be worth it!
We would certainly appreciate your prayers!
James 1:27, “Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world.”
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