Before James and I even started dating, we casually discussed the fact that we both wanted to adopt someday. I joked that I hoped my family would look like the children’s Sunday school song, “Red, Yellow, Black and White, Jesus loves the little children of the world..” The political correctness (or incorrectness) of that song aside, the plight of orphans has been on my heart a lot lately.
Combine that with the fact that in my Tuesday morning women’s Bible study at church, we have been studying 1 and 2 Timothy, and as Paul admonished Timothy to fan into flame the gift given to him, I wondered and prayed about my spiritual giftings and asked if there was something more I could be doing with what God has given me in this current stage of life. I confess that while I’ve always wanted to adopt, I’ve always thought it was something that would happen “in the future.”
Even more on our hearts lately has been foster children, and with James’s prior experience working with Child Protective Services, we are both well aware of the children out there who are abused and neglected, and in need of good, loving homes who can teach them about Jesus as well as care for and protect their little hearts and minds. I brought this all up to James the other day while I was making dinner, simply by saying “I want to be foster parents.” He replied, “I thought we already talked about this. We are going to be.” But what he wasn’t ready for was the fact that I meant now. In our little two bedroom apartment, with our baby girl. It didn’t take him long to see that God has prepared us for something like this from the beginning, so we are now in the process of contacting agencies, to decide who to foster through.
When I look at it from the outside, it seems a bit crazy, but there’s no doubt that this is what we are called to do right now. I desperately want my baby girl (and other children down the road) to grow up knowing without a doubt that our Savior cares about widows and orphans, and that there is something we can do tangibly and physically to help them, even at the cost of our own comfort.
I wish I could show everyone how amazingly everything that God has been teaching both of us comes together to really make this step make sense in our lives. So if you want to know more about the why or the how of what we’re about to do, don’t hesitate to ask. I’ll be using this blog to document our journey and to praise our Lord for the provisions he makes that allow us to provide for a child who needs us.