A New Way of Living

I haven't posted in over a month- partly because our family has been busy, but mainly because I don't know how to write about my kids right now.  I've been having such bitter-sweet feelings lately.  Sweet because I get to adopt my son G officially on May 9th, and he will be forever ours like God had always planned.  Bitter because any day now I'll receive the phone call that gives us the decision for Baby D's future.  My Baby's future.

Last night at the PhoenixOne gathering I was able to share a little bit about our Foster experience.  Obviously it was only for like 3-5 minutes, but in front of a crowd full of people in their 20's and 30's it felt like forever!  This was a big deal for Ryan and I, mostly because want to be advocates for Foster Care.  Did you know that out of the 13,500 kids in the Foster system, 1,900 of those kids are in shelters and group homes?  These are not kids out of the country that we can hardly impact, they are in our neighborhoods.

This was the crowd.  No big deal. 

We went to a Foster Care free event/party a few weekends ago and it was amazing!  There were so many things for our kids and even older kids to do, along with passing out free clothing, they had free drinks and food including snow cones and chimichangas from Macayo's (yum), and everyone who attended could also ride any of the carousel, train or carnival rides on site.  Churches and organizations around the valley really do step up and try to support the families who are in this ministry.  I stopped at the sign in table on our way out to ask about the RSVP's since the place was packed.  2800 families.  Whoa, 2800 families who are serving children in Arizona's Foster Care system. 

That number surely gave me hope that people are stepping onto this crazy train like Ryan and I did.  But it's still not enough to get kids out of shelters.  That's why last night as I stood in front of a few hundred people I knew that they would enjoy some of my pictures but I also carried the burden of sharing that this ministry is not too far out of reach for young adults.  I'm thankful for the Holy Spirit and I pray that He was moving in hearts while Ryan and I shared.  These are all God's children and they all deserve loving homes.

One of my favorite authors, Jen Hatmaker, talks about how our children now are in the post-modern generation.  (We are from the modern generation).  For us our parents told us about God, took us to Sunday school and we learned and were taught the stories of the Bible.  We believed because we respected authority and knew that if our parents were saying it, it must be true.  Have you noticed all of the "spiritual" people lately?  Questioning authority and learning different parts of various religions, believing what they want, not believing at all or just creating a version that works for themselves.  Our generation now is going to learn about Jesus in a totally different wayKids will be moved far more by how we live for Jesus, not by what we will say about Him. 

I want my kids to see that our family fights for justice.  I want my kids to question why we love Foster Care even though it can be so disheartening.   I want them to see that our family lives differently from other families.  That we fly across the country to do missions, that we love the poor and unlovely, that we aren't afraid to do the things that Jesus asks of us.  It scares me, but I desire for my house to not be in a safe Christian bubble, but to be radical.  

"Your kids should be praying regularly for the kids in their school and neighborhood.  They should learn to befriend the loner, the loser, the lost.  They need to hear from you: 'We don't judge.  We love.'  Be the happy home where people apart from God feel welcomed.  It is not your responsibility to raise perfect prototypes of holiness, fit to set on a pedestal and admire.  Your job is to send your children into this world as disciples who understand their mission and who will contend for God's glory."
                                                                                 -Jen Hatmaker  (I'm kind of a big fan.)

1 comment:

  1. Wonderful post and so proud of you for speaking!