3 Busy Months

February 11th 2011

It has been just over 3 months since I last posted.  Since that time I have been on a cruise, started a new school with Bryan, enjoyed Thanksgiving and Christmas, had my in-laws visit twice, and turned in our application for foster care.  The last 3 months have been busy.

The time we spent as a family on vacation was fabulous.  We all got to do things we love to do, and we got to spend some time with friends as well.  Bryan absolutely loves his new school, and his mother is much happier knowing he loves school again.  Having my in-laws visit was great.  Finally, our foster care application got sent after a 6 month delay.

The last 3 months have been busy, but we know it isn’t likely to slow down anytime soon.  We anticipate our family will grow sometime in the near future.  Some might say that what we are doing is ridiculous at the least, some might even say insane.  To have children we don’t know, who have been raised in ways we might not even imagine, come to live with us for an indeterminate amount of time is more then they could handle.  I know it is more then I would be capable of handling alone, but I am not alone.  I have a husband who is a Godly leader, a son who loves the Lord and has a heart for others, and I have God.  I am not alone in this, and God is capable of more then I will ever be.

The past 3 months may have been busy, but I know that what God has planned for us next is likely to make us busier yet.  Busy in a  fabulous way though, busy affecting others lives for the Lord.  I have no desire to end up saying “I could have…but I didn’t have the time”.  If I cannot find the time to do what the Lord is asking of me because I am too busy, then I have allowed busy to become a way of life.  I have no desire to tell the Lord no because my schedule is to full, because I can’t fit it in, or because I’ve filled my life with meaningless tasks.  Busy can be good, or it can overtake us.  I won’t mind being busy, as long as I am busy for the Lord.

Some of you know what my husband Mike and I have decided to do as a family, most of you do not.  Our new adventure started with a conversation something like this:

Me:  Mike there is something I need to tell you.  There is something I have wanted to do for some time, but never thought the timing was right or that we had the space.  Now that we have a house I want us to consider becoming foster parents, and adopting a child out of foster care.

Mike:  That is something I have thought about many times, but I believed it had to come from you so I never brought it up.

Me:  Wow.  I guess we are both on the same page then.

Mike:  Yes.

After that we talked at length about what it would mean and how it would effect our lives, including Bryan.  Our next conversation was with Bryan.  We were very honest with him about foster care and what it meant.  Why children need to be in it and how we could help them.  His response was “That sound like a great idea”.

I then called the county offices and spoke to the person in charge of foster care.  We spoke at length twice.  He told me that their office was going through a transition but that we would definitely hear from him again.  Months went by and we wondered if he had forgotten about us.  Then, just two days ago we got a notice in the mail that another training session has been scheduled.  The amazing part of this is that Mike is off the Saturday it starts;  Mike being off on a Saturday is rare.

Many more things fell into place to help us realize that God’s timing is perfect.  Not only is Mike off that day, we were able to make arrangements for Bryan to stay with my sister in law.  We are going to be able to stay free overnight in the town the training is held, which is 2 hours away.  We then received a phone call informing us we have a refund coming from our title company for several hundred dollars.  This money will help us prepare for our new adventure, as we will need to buy a few things like additional bedroom furniture.  We are also amazed that I now know I will not be having an additional surgery and have more answers in terms of my health.  The timing it takes to put all this together could only have been orchestrated by God.  He has once again shown His sovereignty in our lives.

Mike and I believe that God’s timing is an amazing way for us to see His will for our lives.  When we think something is in His will, but details do not come together, we must always evaluate whether we are on the path He intends for us.  When we believe we are in God’s will and details fall into place perfectly God’s timing is reinforcing for us His will.  This is not the first time we have seen God’s timing revealed in ways that amaze us, yet every time it happens we are in awe of God’s perfect plan.  He is aware of everything, every detail, every decision, every step it takes to make His plan come to action, and He will see it done.  When we see Him act on our behalf through His timing it allows us to see His wisdom and His grace.  Wisdom to know the exact need and grace to allow it to happen for us.

So as we set out on the first step to our new adventure we will continue to seek God for His wisdom and His leading.  We know He desires to give us exactly what we need to accomplish what we have set out to do for Him, we just need to be looking to Him to receive it.