Joy, Spell It!

I’ve got joy down in my heart, deep, deep down in my heart.  Spell it!

O B E D I E N C E down in my heart, deep, deep down in my heart!

Faith Steps.   Walking in grace, stepping out in faith.  It is this simple truth that has brought more joy to my life this last week than I have had in a long time.  After a difficult week and a half the beginning of March battling the flu hitting our home during anniversary and birthdays along with various other issues, our family was blessed to take a vacation to Lake Somerville this past week.  We left Monday afternoon and just prior to arriving at the camp, the phone rang and Kim’s number showed up.  The air in the car was sucked out.  Kim’s number only shows up on my phone when there is a situation she is calling for us to pray and consider regarding foster care.  After speaking to her with poor reception, a few phone calls back and forth, along with some prayers, we agreed to accept two little boys in our home when we arrived back home on Thursday.  Thus our vacation began.

Who needs a pull along when you can load 6 people, 2 dogs, and all your camping gear into the cab of a Suburban?


We arrived and set up camp and enjoyed the gorgeous evening God provided for us.  We spent the next several days fishing, relaxing, cooking on the open fire, washing dishes from the faucet, killing scorpions, playing Apples to Apples, hunkering down in the car during a hail storm, and just sitting and enjoying the absolutely beautiful creation God allowed us to experience as a family.  It was a much needed and much enjoyable time as we all just forgot about responsibilities back home and enjoyed being together.  God knew as He always does what we need and when we need it.

Starting the camp fire
Washing dishes at the new sink.
Fishing in the creek

Thursday morning we slowly packed up as none of us wanted to leave.  In fact, the kids are all ready to go back every weekend!  We began the trip back as the reality of two little boys coming into our home was about to become true.  Naturally, we were not prepared or at least didn’t think so.  God of course has His own timetable.  He knew we had all our furniture on our back porch and that we were in the middle of laying tile in our home.  He knew our plan was to finish the project the last part of our vacation.  He also knew we would receive the phone call and what time the boys would be brought to our home.  He also knew we would not be able to accomplish what we needed to accomplish in our own strength but in His alone.  So despite extremely sore hands, backs, and knees and with the help of our children, we finished the grouting and the furniture was all put back into place at just the right time.

This family really wears me out!
What an adventure. Have to catch some rays and rest before the long hike back.
Roasted Scorpion anyone?
Camp fire chat.
Unlimited hot dog buffet. Nathan was in heaven!
Fishing at Lake Somerville
Everyone having fun!

Two precious boys are now here in our home.  The last few days have been nothing but joy.  As I looked out my kitchen window on Friday and watched my husband and children embrace these two little ones as they ran in the front yard and walked to the lake to catch some fish, my heart overflowed with happiness.  It is happiness that only comes from being obedient to God and seeing His love expressed through His children.  I never fathomed over a year and a half ago why God was calling us to foster-to-adopt.  I could not tell you exactly why God laid such a strong, overwhelming burden to follow through with taking the necessary classes and going through the process to be licensed.  I just knew God said to do it.

It took Faith Steps to attend the Gala for Loving Houston in the spring of 2012.  It took Faith Steps to tell Scott God made it quite evident to me we were suppose to begin the process with Loving Houston in March 2012.  It took Faith Steps to enroll in the classes in June despite God showing us a job change for Scott.  It took Faith Steps to wait on God’s timing to confirm to Scott the plan He was building for our family.  It took Faith Steps to accept the grant offered to complete the Home Study in the fall.  It took Faith Steps to bring the house up to code.  It took Faith Steps to say yes to have up to two children in our home at one time and for them to be boys or girls.

But each Faith Step has brought us into a deeper and closer walk with our God.  We have come to know Him in ways we would never have known had we not walked in the grace He was leading us.  Our children have seen God in a way they never would have known had we not been obedient during times that didn’t make sense.  Now here we are with the greatest happiness a heart can hold as we experience together as a family what it means to love outside ourselves.  To love a child that has not been loved.  To give a child the opportunity to flourish under circumstances that otherwise would not be available.  To pray for them and their family to recognize how much God loves them and sent His Son to die for them.  We do not know how long we will have these two in our home, but as Scott says so many times, God is giving us this time, however long or short it might be, to write on the pages of their lives with God’s love.  So please pray for us as we seek to honor God and give Him the glory for the work He is doing in our lives and in the lives around us.

Last, I would like to challenge each of you with the following passage:

“If you do nothing in a difficult time, your strength is limited.  Rescue those being taken off to death, and save those stumbling toward slaughter.  If you say, “But we didn’t now about this,” won’t He who weighs hearts consider it?  Won’t He who protects your life know?  Wont’ He repay a person according to his work?” Proverbs 24:10-12


Taking Faith Steps is hard, inconvenient and down right difficult at times, but it is worth it.  I have been told so many times, “I don’t see how you do all you do.”  Well, I don’t!! God does!!  As the above passage states, my strength is limited during difficult times if I do nothing.  I know in this earthly realm that seems absurd.  But somehow in God’s realm it works out and in fact strength comes in the most amazing ways when we seek to do things during the difficult times.  There are still many, many children here in our own backyards that need rescuing.  Please pray about what God is calling you to do and don’t be afraid to take your first Faith Step.  You won’t be disappointed!!

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