Tuesday, August 25, 2009

A Leap of Faith

It has been a GREAT summer! So many get-togethers with family and friends ... so much good food, but even better memories.

The most memorable event this summer was when Hubs and I had a conversation that ended with "Yes, let's do this."

We have decided to pursue foster parenting with the intent to adopt. It's not like waking up one morning and deciding to make pancakes from scratch (well, I suppose for a few people it could be similar). There has been a lot of analyzing and prayer that has gone into this decision. We have asked our friends and family to agree with us in prayer. We have talked to social workers. We have spent time talking with individuals and families that have experienced, first-hand the heartache and joy the system can distribute. Ultimately we feel God is calling us to represent him in this venture. Much like a missionary would represent God in a foreign country.

There are risks. Many. That is where our faith comes in, we believe it is not faith until we take the first step. Already, some days have not been easy. My family is worried about Hubs, A-man and I. My Mom, especially has and continues to voice her fears. I know she is just trying to protect us, but it kills my spirit when she can't see what is really in our hearts. On the low days this summer there has always been a bit of encouragement to fall into my lap. One of them I found at Grace is for Sinners. It is a great post about faith.

There is one reoccurring question from people. Sometimes they don't actually ask, you just see it in there eyes. "Why?"

I'm happy to answer.

We as a family have more love to give. I want to have the opportunity to bless a child who is in the middle of a difficult situation he or she didn't ask for and doesn't deserve. I want God to shine his light through me into the life of an innocent child. I want to be responsible for a child learning love is warmer than any blanket. I want to show a child God has a purpose for his or her life.

Please don't think I am naive. I have heard the ugly, nasty stories. I KNOW I will experience sadness, anger, frustration, joy, happiness ... the list could go on forever. I worry about A-man and how this will change him. I pray God's special protection on him.

If you know how to pray, please pray for the three of us, pray for our extended family, and pray for the child(ren) that will come into our lives whether it be for a day or forever.P.S. Our first class is tonight.


Jenny86753oh9 said...

I'm crying...AT WORK!!!

We love you guys and it makes my stomach jump for joy thinking of this process for you guys. We'll be your fence posts when you need to lean....

Bryan and Lacey Martens said...

I think that it is amazing that you have decided to do this. I fully understand the hurt when some family do not support or question your decision to do this. Just know that the feeling you get when you know you have made a difference in a child's life will far outweigh that feeling of hurt. Not to say that hurt won't be there later. The best thing is that you rely on God to see you through it and pray that God will show those doubting the impact that they will also make on the children's life just by being in your life. You have chosen a path that is sometimes bumpy but well worth it. It is definitely life changing at least it has been for us.

elisa said...

I am so happy for you guys! You know I will be there when you need to shout for joy or cry. I've experienced both sides and understand. So excited for you!

Hillary @ The Other Mama said...

That is AWESOME! I am so excited, happy and prayerful for your family! What a wonderful leap of faith. You ARE going to make an impact on a child's life- whether your part in their life is short or long- I know you are going to show them the love of Christ. And that's amazing. I can't wait to follow along on your journey!

Tara said...

I'm always amazed by families who are able to foster! Sometimes I feel so selfish thinking of the chilren who truly need someone to care about them when we are so blessed. I know you will be blessed for following God's will.