Sharing Your Everyday Life Brings Delight

Our family verse is Romans 12.  I love how the Message version says, “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.”

 I can’t think of a better way than fostering to take your ordinary life, and place it before God as an offering to Him.  

Our greatest need will always be foster parents who'll share the simple things in everyday life.  

Many children don't know what it's like to have a parent sit and read a book, show up at school on time with full belly, be tucked in at night in clean pajamas, or how fun it is to simply play a game with a parent or kick a ball outside.  Some of the greatest joys of fostering don't seem like a big deal to us, but to children who've been neglected and abused they are a VERY big deal.  One of our foster daughters went to her first visit with big news for her parents : we eat dinner EVERY night, take a bath EVERY night, and brush our teeth EVERY night.  Other joys we've shared include taking a 5 year old to trick or treat for the first time, teaching a 7 year old to swim, taking a 6 year old to swim at the lake for the first time, and taking a child camping for the first time.  

One of our foster daughters  lit up when she realized I'd put butterfly sheets on her bed, and bought her princess pajamas.  Her face looked like I had announced a personal visit from a Disney Princess.  I'll never forget it!  If you're ready to share your ordinary life come foster faithfully --  

Abby Crooks