Friday, February 24, 2012

How Was It?

The first full day with the two children we took in went pretty well.  Of course I was at work and so was Connie, but she said it went pretty well.  Our children played with the new kids and enjoyed the time together and somehow with all the commotion Connie got school done.  Let me tell you, I married an amazing woman, plain and simple this chick is the real deal!  (honey I hope you don't mind the chick reference, if you prefer I can refer to you as a flock of Goats and freshly shorn sheep: your call.) 

Anyway, the first night, Wednesday, we slept from 11:00P.M.-4:00 A.M. and then had to tend to a crying child, not one of ours.  We did get pretty good sleep last night, although it was an anxious sleep, interrupted by moments of waking and wandering if this was all a dream.  And then a mild wimper would break the silence and remind me that this was indeed real.

Do you think that when Baby Jesus would wake Mary or Joseph they sat up and wandered, "is this real", I mean they were human you know, and no doubt had to feel a massive weight.  Imagine taking care of God!  What was it like to hold the King? 

We are doing pretty well right now and MANY MANY people have helped, with supplies, clothes, money to get supplies and prayers and texts/emails of encouragement.  I wish the world could see what we are seeing, because the way our church family is responding to us breaks all negative conceptions of Christians.  In short our church is acting like they should, they are helping, loving, caring, praying, providing and even setting persoanl schedules aside to make sure we are well taken care of.  If you want to see a real Christ centered church family stop by, we would love to have you.

Our biggest concern is our marriage, so will you pray that we are always on the same page and that we are deliberate about communicating with each other.  Our marriage is very strong, but since we both married sinful people, it can fail at any moment.  We recognize that our marriage is not held together by our love for each other. Rather it is held together by the love we have for Christ and that love causes us to want a marriage worthy of the illustration it is meant to be.  One of my fears is that when we are faced with a situation we have to say no to, that we will both be willing to say no.  At some point we will have to tell Children Services no to a placement and it will be hard.  However, we MUST remember that there are other foster families and of course we know that God will ultimately take care of the orphans because he is Father of the Fatherless, Psalm 68:5.  I am so blessed because my wife will submit to my decision, even if she disagrees with it and rarely do we disagree about things. By the way if more people would step up to foster it would help lighten the load on current foster parents, so pray about becoming a foster parent.  This makes me think about Luke 14:33 where it says "In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple."  I looked this up in the Greek and the actual real meaning is:  "In the same way, any of you who does not give up everything he has cannot be my disciple."

Pray about it.

Also pray that we do not neglect own children, yes this can happen.  Ask us how we are doing in this area, offer to come over so we can get time with our own kids.  Please help us be the kind of parents God wants us to be.  You are an outside observer and may see things we don't, so please, in a lovingly way tell us where we are failing because we may not even know.


Keep it classy . . .