Monthly Archives: October 2014

Faith of a Mustard Seed

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Faith of a mustard seed?  That doesn’t seem like enough.  But that’s how it can start out.  Our Faith might start small and grow to be Great.  In the parable in Matthew 13, the mustard seed grows, blooms, increases, thrives into a large plant or rooted tree.  It is comforting that we don’t always have to have the Great Faith of Abraham or Peter.  We can have little Faith sometimes, and that’s ok, as long as we pray for it to grow and take roots in Him.

From the beginning of this journey we have prayed:  

Dear Lord, we have Faith in You.  We believe in Your will for our family.  Please prepare our hearts, schedules, and house to receive what You have planned for us.  Thank You Father.

A couple weeks ago my husband arrived home from work, burst through the door (as always), and first thing said, “what time do we need to leave for the meeting?” (an optional foster support group meeting) I thought he would be relieved when I answered, “I can’t go.  I have to help with homework, I have to make chicken for tomorrow, blah blah.”  Something happened then that I will never forget.  My husband replied, “Well, I was looking forward to it, so is it ok if I go by myself?”

Excuse me?  I had the ol’ “who are you, and where have you taken my husband?” flash in my mind.  “Heck Yeah”  I said.

Wow.  We have come a long way in a short 5 months.  Didn’t he just say, “this is too crazy.  I don’t want to add confusion.  It doesn’t feel right to me.”  I had heard from the Lord that my husband would be supportive and enjoy the process.  I believed that.  But I had no idea he would dive in and even take a lead role.  God is indeed revealing His true plan for us.

Here is a peek at my husband’s recent transformation into a foster parent:  (I’m not playin’)

“How about we have a Christmas party for the foster families?”  

“Hey, date night:  Let’s go to our foster support group meeting.”

“I exchanged contact info. with that guy. He’s really cool.”  (after meeting a foster dad)

“I’m going to call our licenser to see if we’re almost done.  It’s taking too long.”

and my favorite:  “It’s gonna be so awesome to have a new child here with us.  It’s going to be so fun.”

What happens when God stirs our soul and changes our heart and gives us His vision?  You want to drop to your knees and weep, right?   A God this powerful and good and Faithful is overwhelming and it’s even difficult to find the ways to thank Him and Praise Him because it doesn’t ever seem like enough.

“He told them another parable: ‘The kingdom of heaven is like a mustard seed, which a man took and planted in his field. Though it is the smallest of all seeds, yet when it grows, it is the largest of garden plants and becomes a tree, so that the birds come and perch in its branches.’ ”

Matthew 13:31-33, NIV

 

 

 

Stay the Course

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The longer the licensing process goes, sometimes my mind kinda slips away from the original vision.  Check my heart again… Check my mind… check the Spirit.  Yesterday I was asked, “why do you want to be foster parents?”  I can hardly remember what my answer was at the beginning of all this.  Today when the question comes, I see classrooms, emails, interviews, documentaries, toys r us, and appointments.  “Er, um.. let’s see, um.  To help kids that need a loving family to care for them, even if it’s a temporary safe place for them.”  Yeah, that’s it.  Lol, I almost forgot.

Father God, oh Glorious One!  Please keep the blessing of your calling upon us.  Please pour upon us the desire to look to You every day.  Keep us in Your Divine presence that we will keep focused on Your calling, focused on Your will for us.

Like a trip to Costco.  I have a plan:  Frozen chicken, milk, toilet paper, dog food, and of course red vines, then home.  You all know what happens… You see tv’s, socks, snickers bars, a massage chair…  Cell phone rings, texts, run into a friend… Um, wait.  What am I doing here again?

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”  “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

-Luke 10:38-42  NIV

 

Turn Down for What?

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Momentum is going and we are almost done with licensing.  We have Home Study to complete, and then wait for Background check approval.  Don’t give up now… we can see the finish line!  Not turnin’ down for anything!

Our long challenging journey through licensing is nothing compared to our future foster kids’ long challenging journey.  I know that.  We are aware.  “Oh it’s been such an arduous application process… blah blah blah..”  What about the “process” our kids & their parents are going through right now?  Unimaginable I presume.  Probably not best described as a “process” either.  Probably better described as terrible, or not good, or maybe even “a nightmare.”  We are all on this journey together.   Let’s GO!

Thank You Father God, for leading us TO this process, and now THROUGH this process.  Thank You that we are almost complete.  Thank You for blessing us with loving teachers and friends to support us and guide us.  And Thank You for the honor of serving Your precious children.