This roller coaster of Foster parenting or (grand-parenting!) is not for the faint of heart! You strap yourself in tight and keep your eyes Upward, knowing that a sovereign God will keep you safe and secure as you guide these little ones and pray about their future.
As I mentioned earlier, my daughter and son-in-law are foster parents to baby boys. We don’t know what their future will be. Who will be awarded their custody to care and provide for them all their lives? Who will teach them of Christ? Will anyone? Will they be adopted by family? Friends? There are just so many painful questions.
One Sunday a friend left church and told me that she is praying about the future of these sweet little babies, and the way she is praying is this:
Let these children be given to the home
that will point them the most to Christ.
I told her that that was a perfect request! That’s what we want for these little guys!
Later in the week, the babies were in my home. I was caring for them. And then my friend’s prayer request popped into my head. It made me stop and ask myself, Is what I’m doing today providing right now so that this is the home that is pointing them the most to Christ?
What about you, Mom? Pretend your child’s future was in the balance and someone was praying that request for your child. Would YOU be awarded custody of them because of all you did yesterday to point them to the Lord? Were your words so edifying and Word-filled that they couldn’t help but learn more of your God? That’s a sobering thought, isn’t it?
That thought made me “get my act together” that day! I sang Bible songs, I quoted Bible verses while I fed them their bottles. I even told them Bible stories, even though their ears can hear, but their minds can’t understand. I wanted my home to be the most godly place in their lives! That should be any Christian parent’s ambition and joy – whether or not their future is in the balance. One Day we will give account for how well we taught and trained the children the Lord gave us.
Why not strive today to make your home the most Godly place!
Refresh your child’s spiritual heart,