Foster Parent - Picture of God's Love

During this past year, our oldest daughter became a Foster Parent / Mom.  I hope these thoughts of her heart will be used to cause someone else to experience God's call to foster or adopt a child needing His love.  :)

The Heart of a Foster Mom -

I saw this quote a while back, but as I sit in a rocking chair with a 3 year old soundly sleeping in my arms and Mother's Day approaching- it doesn't seem like just another sappy quote, but truth.

Today they had to bring pictures of their moms to daycare, I don't have any of her mom so she brought a picture with me. God thought it'd be humorous to have us look a like so we could get away with being related. And she calls me mom.

"Mom" took time getting used to and still sometimes throws me off. 

God's shown me a lot in the past year. In those frustrating moments, it is not uncommon for Him to softly smile and say "isn't that so like you with me." When she just wants and wants and I am tired of her asking for what she should not have or for the same thing because she can literally drink 10 glasses of water before bed...When she thinks she desperately needs something and it is 100% not what's best for her. That's me. When she does something wrong and then acts like her hand did it on it's own or she'd gladly do it again...that's me.

I also see me when she just wants to be held. She just wants to know I'm here (please not at 2 a.m. with early morning practice!) or tries to make up for what she did. When she tries to imitate me and fix injuries and love's kind of the same result as when I try to imitate Christ. It's not quite the same but we're trying real hard!
I'm not sure what the future holds for us, but the same God who knows what's best is in charge of it. And for tonight and however long God decides, I'll answer to "Mommmmmmaaaa". (Though if I don't respond quick enough - I do get demoted to Megan).

Pray for the kids in fostercare or who don't get answered in the night. And if you have room in your heart and life- consider them. It may turn your life upside down and change your routines. It may make you say "I had to have made a mistake" at some points, but you know- God is pretty good at closing doors we shouldn't walk through when we are seeking His will. His plans happen. Knock and see if the door opens.

I always say- I'm an athletic trainer because I want to be the one who runs out there when someone needs me. I want to be there for them every step of the way back/through their struggle and pour Jesus into them. I think it's the same reason I'm a foster mom.

Funny thing is, more often than not, the people I run out there towards are usually the ones God uses to draw me closer to Him.

Becoming a Foster Parent

There are many resources out there with information for becoming a foster parent.  The Christian Alliance for Orphans houses many resources, tools and links no matter which state you may live. 

The statistics are staggering

  • More than 400,000 children are in foster care in the United States. —U.S. Department of Health and Human Services

  • An estimated 114,000 children in foster care are waiting to be adopted. —U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.

Links to great Christian foster parent and adoption resources are available at Hand of Hope.

Becoming a Forever Family

We have several friends that have adopted children in need from other countries too.  Here are a few stories from David Platt's site