Through Foster Parenting Podcast, I came across a wonderful two-part interview of a couple who has adopted four kids from foster care. Have a free hour while you’re skimming facebook or driving to work? Go listen!
Part One (30 minutes)
Part Two (30 minutes)
Some take-away points:
- Adoption is the gospel made visible. By saying “I love you and you are mine…forever” to a child, you are reflecting the glorious adoption we can have into God’s family through the precious sacrifice of Jesus. I once was lost but now am found in Him. I hope and pray that this message will resonate in the hearts of my children in spite of my many failures and imperfections through the grace of God.
- There are 100,000ish kids in the United States’ foster system waiting for an adoptive home. There are over 300,000 churches—not Christians—not families—churches in our country. Christians, is the Lord asking you to follow Him in faith and obedience by opening your home to a child in need? Or by coming alongside an adoptive family through prayer and practical support? Don’t say “no” without really asking Him! (And thanks to the many who love and support our family!!)
- Adopting a troubled child is hard. So hard. But our God prevails! He does not leave us or forsake us. He triumphs over sin and brokenness. Praise Him!
- As usual, I started bawling when they talked of 17-year-olds being adopted…finally having a family…being able to know someone as Mom or Dad...being able to join their family for the holidays. Seriously! Can you imagine turning eighteen and being completely on your own? Do you have room for one more at your table before this tragedy happens?
I write this post asking you to seriously consider adopting a child while acknowledging that I hid from my own three in my closet this afternoon, eating Milky Ways as fast as I could unwrap them. Yep. My kids drive me crazy sometimes. As mentioned many times before, working with CPS is the guaranteed fastest way to insanity. I’ve wanted to quit so many times. But God said “follow Me”, and there is no place I would rather be than walking the path He has set before me.
Still not convinced? Check out this episode of Foster Parenting Podcast.