Monday, October 21, 2013

Stay out of my dirt

I was sweeping the floors today and I had to continually tell A, who is two and a half to stay out of my dirt. She was persistent though and kept getting in it. She was trying to "help". I finally gave in and gave her the dustpan and little broom and let her help.

I was reminded that often times we want to wallow in our own dirt and don't want anyone to get in it with us. We try to hide it or minimize it. We think we have it all under control. But, we weren't called to walk through life alone. God is our ever present help in time of trouble (Psalm 46). He also sent Holy Spirit to be our guide. We also have a valuable resource in community. It's important that we have a support system in place, people that can say the hard things to us without it bothering us. We are made to be relational. That can be hard because people will always let us down but it's better then walking through life alone.

We are given opportunities each day to be Jesus hand and feet. There are hurting people all around us. All we have to do is step in faith and reach out to someone that crosses our path. I encourage you to reach out to someone today.

Friday, October 4, 2013

Our Fostering Journey

It all started with an innocent conversation... Ed: Cole is going to college soon Me: Yep Ed: We will have empty rooms that could be put to good use Me: Yep And that was pretty much it. You see, I would opt for the much less messy approach to care for the volunerable and needy children of the world. Adoption. But not Ed, he felt that in our community were a whole host of kids that needed a safe place, even if just for a little while and so we were getting licensed when we got the placement. I would love to sit here and say that it has been the most beautiful process and all is right in our little world but I cannot. I have harbored many ill feelings and my emotions have been on a rollar cosater ride for the past six months. However, through the grace of God we have come a long way and the feelings that were once bitter are now love. Love for someone that may have never been shown what real love looks like. Love for the lost and hurting in our world. Love that will move mountains if only we let it. Loving the kids is the easy part. I was once the lost person that someone gave a chance to so why shouldn't I return that to someone else? Afterall we are called to be a light to the dark world in which we live. So, with that we strive daily to reach out and be a witness to the redemptive power of Jesus. It isn't easy, but it is worth it.