I spent the first half of my life dreaming about the children that I would someday raise. Then came the frustrating news that I was infertile. “Why God?” was my prayerful response. “Maybe I need to pray harder, or longer”, I thought. I knew that God had a plan for my life but I could not see the whole picture.
As I sought the Lord with my whole heart, He opened doors that were much greater that my mind could imagine. I began to praise Him for my problem of not being able to bear children. I then asked Him to turn my sorrow into joy and show me the plan that He had for my challenges. I knew that He had everything under control and that He would put the pieces of my life together.
After meeting the director of an adoption and foster care agency, I knocked on the doors of heaven to see if either option was for me. After 5 months of interviews and background checks, my husband and I were approved as official foster parents. Shortly after, our first child, a three year old girl walked into our home and stayed for a full year.
That wonderful year was the beginning of a 27 plus year journey of ministering to many children with insurmountable problems. As children from newborn through late teens were placed in our home, the place of our tent was enlarged. We did not change the structure of our home but rather a single bed was replaced by a crib, then to bunk beds which eventually expanded to multiple rooms with multiple beds.
I now look back at my challenge of infertility and see how the pieces of my life came together to minister to desolate children whose families were crumbling. My Lord and Savior answered prayer, changed lives and gave many of these young ones second chances and hope for the future. Many families were healed and restored because of God and His awesome love and care.
The Lord amazingly fulfilled my overwhelming desire to parent, nurture and encourage by placing 32 children in my family, (no, not all at once). God wonderfully orchestrated His plan in me to meet the desperate needs of many children and families while turning my hopelessness into joy all for His honor and glory.
Promise: Sing, O barren one, who did not bear; break forth into singing and cry aloud, you who have not been in labor! For the children of the desolate one will be more than the children of her who is married,” says the Lord. “Enlarge the place of your tent, and let the curtains of your habitations be stretched out; do not hold back; lengthen your cords and strengthen your stakes. Isaiah 54: 1-2
Partnering with God: Thank you, Lord, for children and for the privilege to train them up in your Word and ways. Are you reaching out, influencing and making a difference in the lives of children who are placed in your path? What steps could you take to show love and care for families and their many needs?
Let me know your thoughts!
Partnering with God,