We want you to hear from local foster families who are placing their lives before God by Fostering Faithfully!
Romans 12:1-2 Place Your Life Before God
So here’s what I want you to do, God helping you: Take your everyday, ordinary life—your sleeping, eating, going-to-work, and walking-around life—and place it before God as an offering. Embracing what God does for you is the best thing you can do for him. Don’t become so well-adjusted to your culture that you fit into it without even thinking. Instead, fix your attention on God. You’ll be changed from the inside out. Readily recognize what he wants from you, and quickly respond to it. Unlike the culture around you, always dragging you down to its level of immaturity, God brings the best out of you, develops well-formed maturity in you.
When I began fostering so many people expressed their concerns for my son. I know their hearts were in the right place. But, here we are a little over 2 years later, and I want to tell you that my son came to me tonight and asked me to pray for some kids that he knows that are fosters that want to go home to their families. This road can be very, very hard at times. And while I do my very best to shield him from as much as possible I have watched my son grow deeper in his relationship with God and his compassion for other people through this fostering journey. I just can't find enough words to express how proud I am of him!
Fostering Faithfully helped host my foster child’s birthday party this year! H had her favorite for dinner - Kick A Fay (Chick fil A). She had a large cake with a large 3 candle on top. We sang to her, then cut her a large slice of cake. She began to complain that she wanted "A". It took us a while but we finally figured she wanted the number 3 candle. Before we could stop her, she had taken a large bite out of the WAX candle. Yuck!! It did not dampen her celebration or repeated singing of "Let it go" in her new microphone at top volume! She knew the day was all about her. Thanks for helping us to love her so well!
As I sit here writing down little man's appointments, and all the things he loves, my heart hurts. This is foster care...loving a child from birth until...well, there are a lot of unknowns in foster care. A little over 6 months ago we brought home a 4lb baby boy. In this time he has almost quadrupled his size, had his first Halloween, Thanksgiving and Christmas with us. We have seen his first smile, heard him say his first word,"da-da", rocked him back to sleep in the middle of the night, listened to his first laugh, given him his first bite of baby food, and so much more.
He was ours...except he wasn't.
Everyone says "I just couldn't give them back" as their excuse for not fostering...or because they don't know what to say. Can I ask a favor? Do not say those words to a foster parent again! Do you think I am sitting here making these notes willing to hand him over? Absolutely not! I have no other choice but to do so. God blessed another family with this precious soul, and we just got to love him for a little while. This is the hardest part of foster care. I am not just handing over a child because I can. I am handing over a child because I was only asked to be his mommy for a little while. When he wakes up he cries for me..."ma-ma" and very soon I won't be the one to go get him from the crib. My heart hurts, but I am thankful for our time. So I write this to say please pray for us...and please choose your words carefully to the temporary mamas and daddies out there.
Fostering has taught me how easy it is to love someone you just met. How their problems can instantly become your passions. It is awesome to see my own children learn compassion and empathy. They've seen that all children don't have basics like food, safe housing, and necessities. Their eyes have been opened to poverty and they are always ready for the next child. When I'm ready for a break, they are the ones pushing for a new child placement. I know my own children are better for the experience. We are all better. You realize what is important... and that this is your mission field.
Fostering has taught me to love with my full heart and feel so compassionate towards children from tough places. I have learned to laugh more and appreciate each day. I have planted spiritual seeds as fast as I can and have learned to trust God in deeper ways