“You’re going to be tired. I’m going to be tired. We are finally at a place where things are a little under control. I’m not ready,” says my hubby. My head drops. There is no way to do this without the entire family on board. “It feels right to me,” I say. “This is NUTS! It’s CRAZY!”
the thing is…I want to do something crazy. “Don’t you want to do something nuts?” I ask.
They say the husbands are last to see the glory in the possibility of foster parenting. “chaos, expensive, messy, and last but not least… less time for sex.”
It’s just like my mom says. They don’t like the idea. Then when it turns out great, they take the credit.
Psalm 37:23 NLT
“The steps of the godly are directed by the LORD. He delights in every detail of their lives.”
The licensing application begins. Paperwork, classes, baby-proofing, and PRAYER. It turns out to be fun and not stressful, because God is delighting in our details.
We chose an agency to help us through the process. Blessed by the City Church in so many ways — and now another. City Ministries Child Placement Agency: Foster parenting with Faith. Applying for our license by Faith. Unfailing trust that City Church will support our family in this journey.
Thank you, God, that I am not feeling rushed or impatient. I realize that my husband is definitely not feeling rushed or impatient. “No no no… no hurry at all… it’s all good — take as much time as we need,” says he. Could it be the IKEA toddler bed delivery freaked him out a little?
*Your agency will walk you through the application process. If you don’t want to use an agency, go to the DSHS website. (see helpful links above) Click Contracted Providers to search agency options in our area: http://www.dshs.wa.gov/ca/partners/statewideContractors.asp. Several are Faith based.
“Give me a revelation, show me what to do. Cause I’ve been trying to find my way, I haven’t got a clue.
Tell me should I stay here or do I need to move?
Give me a revelation. I’ve got nothing without you. I’ve got nothing without you.”
Our oldest child graduating from high school. 2 other children close behind. Dear Lord, what is next for us? I know you have a plan for me. A plan for my husband and me to be everything we are called to be.
I have a deep desire to be a foster family, Lord. But, right. Everyone wants to be foster parents. Everyone wants to help kids.
“No, not everyone is called to be foster parents. You want to do this because it is what I have put on your heart. It is what I have designed for you and your family.” I heard that message clearly and lovingly from my Father God. I heard it one day a few months ago.