FAITH

The faith to believe in G_d came from Him, and we can’t boast in it. It was born in an instant. Our eyes and ears were opened, and our hearts beat as though for the first time. Our lungs were filled with air of thanksgiving. We wanted to be counted among G_d’s people, and live lives that pleases Him.

Accepting His purpose for our lives is a automatic out flowing  of living a life  that pleases Him. G_d’s word is clear. He cares for orphans, and expects us to do the same (James 1:27).

There is plenty of uncertainty in the lives of foster parents and plenty of potential for real pain. The question is this: Can we trust G_d in the midst of these   uncertainties?   We know that G_d wants us to care for those less fortunate.  But what if, in the process of caring for a child in foster care we fall in love with that foster child and then have to let him go?

Letting go of a child you’ve cared for over an extended period will be painful, and it is good to be honest about it. But   we must not let fear paralyze us. We have to remember that G_d does not give us a spirit of fear (2 Tim. 1:7).
What He asks is that we trust Him and have  faith in His sovereignty.

G_d desires restoration and reconciliation. He reconciled us to Himself through the work of His Son. He adopted us into His family in spite of our sin. Yet when we think about the possibility of biological parents being reconciled with their child, we often shudder at the thought. 
If we truly believe in the biblical principals of restoration and reconciliation, we must commit ourselves to supporting parent-child  reunification.

Only G_d holds the future. He doesn’t promise permanency for every child placed in our home. He simply asks us to help those in need – despite the risk of pain.  Every day the child is in your home is another day to love and serve G_d by loving and serving the child. We have to continually ask ourselves: Where do I  place my  trust? Do I trust the system or am I placing my trust in the Father to the fatherless, who loves the child much more than I ever can, and who knows and wants what is best for him?

To become a foster parent is to open ourselves up to the very real possibility of pain and loss. The bottom line is this: If you answer G_d’s call to care for a child, you CAN trust Him no matter the outcome.

Finally: Children in the foster care system need to be placed somewhere, whether for the short term or permanently. Every child deserves to be loved and nurtured and valued, not simply treated as a boarder. Children need provision and protection, of course, but they need so much more. Food and shelter and protect, but love heals and transforms. So we have to ask ourselves: If not us, then who?

About Helouise Steenkamp

I'm a 45 plus, Devoted Wife and Mother. Adonai has blessed us with two Amazingly Wonderful Sons. We have had the privilege of being Place of Safety parents for 1 1/2 years and there after foster parents to a Darling Princess for 5 years. She was reconciled with her biological parents in Dec'14. Our hearts are still aching from the loss, but we know that as we trust Adonai with our salvation, so we can trust Him with her future. We welcomed our new 4 year old foster child on 05JUN'15.
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2 Responses to FAITH

  1. Thank you for a very inspiring blog. As charity worker in South Africa I am constantly bombarded by the plight of all these children. I have made it my mission to create awareness through my foundation so that some of them can find a home with a family they so deserve. Your blog brings so much hope and light into these little ones’ dark worlds; you manage to create possibilities….for those couples/families still considering adoption or foster care. In addition to be truly inspirational to many, you share information about a sensitive issue in our country with so much compassion.

    Please accept this nomination for the ”Very Inspiring Blogger Award”. Go to: http://thisishowitisnow.wordpress.com/2014/07/24/very-inspiring-blogger-award-on-wordpress-rules for rules.

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