Today my husband shared this post with me. It’s written by an awesome guy name Steve Carter who was our camp speaker for a couple of years. Joseph still listens to his sermons online and we both appreciate the wisdom that he shares.
Joseph said upon reading the want ad that that’s how they should advertise for foster parents. Brutal honesty, so people know what they are getting into. Here’s how we would advertise for foster families:
Wanted. Families to foster. Guaranteed to bring you to your breaking point and break your home, your vacation time, your bank account and probably your heart. Adoption doubtful. Blessings are limitless, lives will be changed (including yours). Must like long waits in the courthouse, sudden change of schedule and not sleeping through the night. Must be able to rely on the Grace of God and lean heavily on your church family. Cute doggie optional.
Putting the sass aside, foster families are needed. Everywhere. And if right now you are thinking ‘not where I live’ I beg you to call your local DCS, CPS, DCFS, or whatever acronym your area uses and ask them if they need foster families. You may bring the person on the other end to tears just by asking.
This past weekend we went to Nashville for the baptism of our niece. One thing I love about church in Nashville is the LARGE pool of musicians. Every church service I have ever been to in that city rocks. This weekend we sang Hosanna (the Brooke Fraser version). Each time I sing it, it nearly brings me to my knees.
We were singing Hosanna that night so many years ago when I heard God tell me we needed to foster. And each time all of this gets hard – with long waits at the courthouse, sporadic schedule changes and another night with little people interrupting our sleep, I remember that it would be easy to quit. It would have been easy to ignore God in the first place (maybe not so after the No as we find in the story of Jonah and the big fish).
Here’s the lyrics that brought us to this place. The ones that opened my to hearing my Big God say Foster Care for the first time:
What is God calling you to? Are you willing to answer, even if it means breaking your own heart?