Friday, March 28, 2014

What's on my mind.....

Wow. So, a lot going on right now. It's hard when you know of friends who are struggling with tough things. You feel like you need to be there for them. But you can't. It kills ya.
People may ask why God puts us through hard times. Or why He puts our loved ones through hard times. Is He meaning it to be mean to them? Of course not. He's is doing it because He loves them, and wants them to grow closer to Him. We may not see those things in the midst of trials, but in the end, He is glorified.
If someone feels like God doesn't know the pain that they're going through...well guess what? He knows exactly. John 3:16 says that God sent His ONLY Son into the world, to DIE for our sins. Do you think it was maybe a little hard for God to see His only Son die? Yes! More than a little. So He knows the pain we go through.
It is very hard to see the 'good' in a trial when you're in the middle of one. But it'll turn out. Even if it seems to take forever. Just don't give up. He is trying to teach you something. He is trying to grow you more. He loves you. And He will not leave your side. I promise.

"O wondrous love that will not let me go, I cling to You with all my strength and soul.
Yet if my hold should ever fail, this wondrous love will never let me go.

O wondrous love that’s come to dwell in me. Lord who am I that I should come to know
Your tender voice assuring me, this wondrous love will never let me go.

I’m resting in the everlasting arms, in the ever faithful heart, The Shepherd of my life,
You’ll carry me on Your mighty wings of grace, keeping me until the day
I look into Your eyes"  ~O Wondrous Love


"He is jealous for me, loves like a hurricane, I am a tree, bending beneath the weight of His wind and mercy. When all of a sudden, I am unaware of these afflictions eclipsed by glory, and I realise just how beautiful You are, and how great Your affections are for me.

And oh, how He loves us, oh, how He loves us, how He loves us all"
~How He loves

Hay

Wednesday, March 26, 2014

A bit of what I've learned....

Life with fostering. Oh boy.
It's been full of laughter, tears, joy, blessings, work, and all that.
But you know what? Its been amazing.
When we stepped out to obey Him in this calling, He was so gracious. He gave us the *perfect* kids.
Now, it isn't all easy. There is work. But its worth it. These kids have no one, sometimes. They had to get taken out of their home. So, for me to come alongside these kids, and help them, play with them, and to just be there for them, is a joy.
I've learned, that if we get other kiddos, to except whatever He gives us, because He is right there with us, every step, and its so fun!
So blessed. Its awesome.

Hay

Friday, March 21, 2014

I love my family. So much.

Ohmygosh people.
I adore my family. I love that my parents obeyed God to go in the 'fostering path'. Its so fun.
Right now, we are watching Frozen, and our little foster kiddo is sitting next to me with his new 'Cars' blanket. *Love.this.*

So, an 'update' on the past few days with our 3 year old foster boy.....
It has been amazing! He's adjusting SO well. God is so so so good. Today we went shopping for some things for him, and he was super adorable, and SO EXCITED! :D
Its been 2 days since we've brought him here. And its been so good.
I'm thankful that God is working in all the little details. Its been so great. I can't stop saying it.
Our kiddo has been adjusting so well: sleeping AMAZING at night, has great manners, and he has so much joy considering the circumstances he's been through. Do you see what God does when we obey?
Yes, I was scared before we brought this lil dude in to our home, but I would've missed out on so much if I would've 'freaked out'. Fostering won't always be easy, there WILL be tough times, but God works out all the details, and HE'S in control. (Personally, I need to remember this for all areas of life.) ;)
I'm so glad that God had this little guy for us. And I'm so glad that I have amazing parents that obeyed God in this calling. Because I love it so much.
There will be times when we have to say goodbye, but I get to look back and see the amazing time I had with the kiddos. I still look back, and miss the other 2 kids we had, but I get to look back to all the fun we had to.
God has blessed my family and I so much. And I am very thankful for that.
Am I worried this lil dude will leave, maybe soon, and not be my little brother? YES. I wish he, and the other 2 could be my little brothers, and sister. But I need to remember: everything that happens is for His glory, and He has it ALL planned out.
Proverbs 3:5-6- "Trust in the Lord with all your heart and lean not on your own understanding. In all your ways, acknowledge Him and He will make straight your paths."
(I need to remember that daily) ;)

Hay

Wednesday, March 19, 2014

Fostering...

Oh boy.
So, I'm writing about this tonight, because we are about to get our 2nd placement.
But let me not get too far ahead of myself.
Lets back up to June 2013.
We first started fostering then. We got a call for a 3 year old girl, and a 1 year old boy.
Now, before I go on.... when I was younger, I never wanted to foster, because I KNEW we'd have to let kids go. I was scared. How selfish of me! Here, these kids have no one, and I'm scared. I mean, you can have a reason to be scared, but if I would've ran with my fears, and not of done it.... I would've missed out on SO much. Seriously.
Well, we jumped into it, and I was so excited. We got the kiddos, and it was probably the best 7 months of my life. I will never forget it. Yes, there were hard and tough times, we had to 'give up' the comforts of quiet nights, clean rooms, and go to messy rooms, crying kids at night, tons of laundry, but you know what? I don't care. I had to do this for these kids. Let me rephrase that...... I GOT to do it for these kids.
Scoot forward to a month or so, ago. Those little kiddos we had.....moved on to get adopted. We were hoping we could adopt them, but God has other plans in mind. Looking back, I miss everything. The laundry, the baths, dirty dishes, poopy diapers, their laughter, the smiles, all of it!
Now.....do you see what would've happened if I would've ran with my fears?? Those 7 months would've been nothing like they were if we hadn't fostered. Fostering was amazing. I'm telling ya.
Well, lets jump ahead to today. We are getting a 3 year old boy, tonight. Am I a little scared? Yes. Am I going to let that stop me? NO. I will miss out on so much if I go to the 'fear' side.
I just need my focus and trust in HIM. He has it all planned out. This will be a journey, it will be tough, but I need to remember that in the long run.. who gets the glory for all this? Jesus Christ. He put us here for a reason. If that reason be bringing kids we don't even know into our home, live here for however long, and either adopting them, or sending them on, then so be it. He has it all planned out. And boy does He have it planned out well.
So, here we go....on a new journey.
We'll see what happens. I need to remember its all for Him, and furthering His Kingdom.
I'll keep you posted on what happens.
Just remember. Face the fears. Trust.in.Him.
Romans 8:28-"And we know that for those who love God all things work together for good, for those who are called according to his purpose."

Hay

First post- Woot! Woot!

As the first post of my blog, I'll tell you what this all will look like.
Here we go.....
This blog is about my life. I'm 18 years old. Christian. Farm girl. Oldest of 4.
I'm currently at home for this year. I feel that God wants me where I am, for now at least.
My family and I foster, kids. It has been a joy- which thats what my next post will be about.

So lets start this journey.
I'll be sharing about my life, my thoughts, amazing quotes, and all that jazz!
I hope you enjoy it.

Thanks for reading!
God bless.

Hay