Have you ever wished you could be a hero? It takes a lot to be one!
It takes sacrifice.
It takes self-denial.
It takes commitment.
Those I have always considered true heroes:
- Men and women who have given their lives for the sake of the Gospel
- Men and women who have given their lives for our country
However, recently I’ve come to understand that there is another group of people who rightfully belong in the category with heroes:
- Men and women who have opened their hearts and their homes to love and care for a child (or children) in foster care (especially believers who reach out to show Christ’s love to these little ones!)
You see, I’ve had an up-close look at Foster Care because our daughter and son-in-law have become foster parents in the last few months! (That makes me Gigi to these babies, and I love it!) To watch our daughter and son-in-law’s sacrifice, commitment and self-denial for the little ones in their care has been amazing.
They attended many weeks of training classes, had home studies, were fingerprinted, checked and re-checked before they were ever considered eligible to welcome a child into their home.
They went from freedom to go and do whatever/whenever to caring for the demands of infants literally overnight – no nine months prep for their adjustment!
They took on not one, but two children. The demands of two infants is incredible, and to take that on yourself for ones that aren’t your own flesh and blood shows true servanthood.
They have taken numerous 5-hour trips to take the babies to doctor’s appointments because of their physical needs.
They have had to rearrange their work schedules, put their personal vacations on hold, and cut back on outings, due to the needs of the babies.
They get much less sleep caring for infants!
They have to keep up with the system’s demands – attending more classes about foster parenting (while they’re caring for the children), getting the children to family visitations, which meet the birth parent’s time schedule more than their own.
They endure some who give demeaning looks/remarks towards them because they use WIC to purchase formula. (Wow. We don’t always know all the facts, do we?)
They are spoken “down” to by some of the medical staff because they’re “only the foster parent.” They’ve spent more time with these children than the birth parents have. Shouldn’t they be given an ear because they do understand their needs?
But spite all of that, they press on with the most loving parental hearts – kissing, hugging, talking and cooing to those little ones as though they were their own. They don’t neglect to care for one need. Their hearts cry when one has to be poked on at the doctor’s office. They are sympathetic to the one who is sleepless in the middle of the night and they rock and sing songs of Jesus’ love, while their own sleepy eyes fight to stay awake.
I had the pleasure this week of helping care for the babies while our son-in-law was at a conference. I watched with my own eyes the care and concern of these heroes who love with a love that reminds me of my great God who loved me when I was not yet His, and of how He sent His Son to adopt me and make me a part of His family. God loves me. These foster parents love these children with Christ’s love. God loves these foster children! This morning I rejoiced as I read Psalm 10:14b –
Thou art the helper of the fatherless.
And what does God do for the believer who takes care of one of these children?
Whoever is generous to the poor lends to the Lord,
and he will repay him for his deed
God will bless those who serve in this ministry! I’m watching it happen in my own family. It’s precious!
I have known others who have opened their homes, but until now I hadn’t seen it up really close. I salute each one who sacrifices to give a child a safe, loving environment! Let’s be looking for ways to encourage and thank these heroes who have sacrificed so that a child can have a happy household in which to grow, live, to also hear about the Lord Jesus!
Whitney at Come Home for Comfort wrote a great post about how to support those who are foster parents. I hope you’ll go here and check it out!
Also, did you know that President Trump has named May as National Foster Care Month?
While you are on Whitney’s site, will you scroll down and read the comment left by Elaine? She shared her sweet testimony of being a foster mom for 17 years! Wow! Her story may encourage you to check into being a foster parent. So many children are in need; maybe the Lord would have you open your home and become a hero in a child’s life!
God bless each of you foster parents! I pray many children will come to know Christ because of your sacrifice!