All posts tagged: foster care

Fostering Christ-like Love in the Family

I recently heard Andy Stanley speak at a ministry conference I attended. He asked a question that spoke very deeply to me as a parent. Is there anything that brings you more joy than watching your kids love one another? For me, the answer is a resounding no. Especially after watching my boys accept and love their new foster siblings. Joe and I first began talking to the boys about becoming a foster family in February of last year.  We explained how some children need a family to love them and take care of them. We talked about how they might stay with us for a little while or a long time. We talked about sharing, taking turns, and setting a good example. At the time it was just talk and I worried how they would respond when the time came to put it into action. There were so many variables that we had (and still have) no control over. Were we going to end up scarring them for life? As we prayed and prepared to …

Responding to The Call to Love Orphans

I look at my children and I can’t help but feel an amazing kind of love.  Look at these faces: Before they go to bed I always make sure to tell them “You’re my favorite Jack,” and “You’re my favorite Sam.” I’m their father.  I love to say that.  I’m amazed and truly humbled that God has let me be their father.  I look at them every day and thank God for the opportunity to love them more.  I don’t know how to put into words what I feel when I look at them.  Everything I write just seems trite and incomplete. This past Sunday we heard about being good neighbors, specifically to the tremendous amount of children in our own city that don’t have families to love them, whether that be biological, foster care, or families made through adoption.  Even writing those words, my eyes start to tear up (I almost feel like Shannon!).  My heart aches to think of children with no one that can or will love them. God says in Psalms 68:5-6 that He is Father …