I cannot keep my house clean...but I still try.
I cannot be the best wife ever, but I believe I am the best for Blake. And dang...how I love and adore that man.
I cannot possibly be the mother my kids need me to be 100% of the time, but I do believe in a God who reaches across that gap and uses me just.how.I.am.
I believe in Phil 4:13 in a deeper way than I ever have before. When I gave my heart to Jesus, HE MAKES ME ABLE. When I daily rely on Him, He uses me just as I am. Because I have nothing more than any other human being to bring to the table without Him.
And I believe He has used these books to awaken my heart, to strengthen my walk with Him...to open my eyes to so much that I have chosen not to see. I have known for years that God was asking us to do something with foster care, but we couldn't figure out what. And its been through these books, that we have been challenged to see that we won't necessarily feel "a calling" to one certain thing. That we may not feel "peace" about what God has put before us. But He still asks us to do it. He commands us to, in fact. We don't need to have all the details worked out before we say YES. We don't need to be able before stepping up. Phil 4:13 says He makes us able. He just wants us to come to Him and lay down our lives, our plans, our dreams, and know that He is worth it all.
These books have made me question so many things, and taken me to places of freedom in Christ that I have yearned for. I have never felt so free in Him. I am so thankful for where I am today, and I am more thankful for my precious husband than I think I have ever been.
But I also feel so much conflict with the world around me. I see loads of Halloween candy and my heart breaks knowing how that candy got to our shelves in the grocery store. Please, I beg you, read about forced child labor and slave labor regarding cocoa beans and every major American chocolate company that purchases these cocoa beans is full aware. Please do not buy chocolate this Halloween!!!
I feel conflict with how much money is spent frivolously while so much of the world is dying of starvation. I can't get past 26,000 dying daily from lack of food. But I have peace in knowing that Blake and I can make choices to live differently, I just wish it didn't come with so much uproar from the world around us. We are the weird parents. I just pray they don't hate us for it, but rather know Jesus deeper because of it.
Last weekend I sat in church with a new lovie on my lap from the shelter. She didn't want to leave me for big church, so her 6 year old self got right on my lap to take it in. And.I.wept. I cried out to Jesus during worship knowing He fully understands her precious situation, and why she is hurting...while I do not, I am the one physically holding her, kissing her, and begging for comfort thru Him for her. Both her and her little sister ached for their mama all weekend, and I cried with them telling them I am so sorry that she is not here. Taking them back to the shelter was enough to break me...her little body clung to me like a spider monkey and she bawled asking me not to leave her. Two workers had to peel her off of me.
As you might imagine, we've applied to be an emergency foster home through Child Share Circle of Care here in Tulsa. Emergency is different than traditional foster care in that it is short term placement so that younger (birth-5 years) do not go to the shelter before finding long term foster placements. I can't explain the rest this step has brought to my soul. As overwhelmed as we are with 4 children, we still feel like God is asking us to trust Him and do this.
This was done for a local church (our friends church) in plea for the church to step up and take this problem head on...
They are His Children from New Beginnings Church on Vimeo.
I cannot sit back any longer and wait for another day. We are only promised today. There will never be better timing. There will always be something else....but I cannot sit still any longer.