The call to foster

In June of 2016, our family surrendered to God’s call to become foster parents. Honestly, He had been calling us to do this for about two years. But we were reluctant. Even disobedient to Him in some ways. We had so many questions and were only focusing on the “what ifs.” But the Lord was patient with us, and we could feel him saying, “Trust me.”

DSS brought our first placement to us Nov. 30, 2016. All we knew was that she was 4 months old and needed a home. We had bought all of the supplies and were ready and excited. But nothing really prepares you for that moment when they bring her in your home and then leave within minutes. She was screaming, and we all just froze. What kind of formula does she need? What has she been exposed to? How does she like to be held? Should she sleep in the crib or the rock n sleep? So many questions, and we didn’t have the answers. But you just do the same thing you do with your biological children. You love them, and you figure out all the other details along the way.

We aren’t saying fostering is easy, because it’s not. Honestly, it’s one of the most difficult things we’ve ever done. But it has also brought us immense joy. One thing people always say is, “I could never do that. I would get too attached.” And they are right. You get too attached. But that is exactly what they need! They need someone to get attached. Someone to love and pray over them. Stand for them and support them. And we are honored and humbled to be the family God chose to care for our foster child. Ephesians 3:20states, “Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen.” She is our immeasurable more.

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