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“For God is working in you, giving you the desire and the power to do what pleases Him.” Philippians 2:13

“Why did I do this?” is a question that every foster, adoptive and kinship parent asks. Actually, I’m sure anyone doing a great work that is bigger than themselves asks this question from time to time.

When you’re up all night with a kid who can’t sleep because they want their real mom and you’ve been four nights without sleep you ask “why?”

When you are driving your kids to therapy and specialist appointments you can sit in traffic asking “why did I say yes?”

When your kids are grown and you were ready for a new adventure, but you’re potty training again you can ask “why God?”

Why did I do this? Why did I say ‘yes’?

Foster care, adoption and kinship care perfectly reflects the heart of God. Jason Johnson, a leader in inspiring the church to engage in foster care, has said that it “perfectly mirrors the gospel.” Not just because we have been adopted into God’s family through salvation, but because Jesus saw us in our brokenness and came down to us to live our experience, lay down His life and bring us into His family. We do this. We see kids and vulnerable families in their hard stories and we meet them there. We lay down our expectations of how a family is supposed to look and what life is supposed to be like at our age and we invite kids from hard places into our homes. We expand our families.

Why do we say “yes” to hard and broken situations? Because God is doing a work in us and making His desires our desires and giving us the power to do it. No where in the bible does it say that we have to do it perfectly or that anyone has to understand our obedience. We simply show up, in our messiness and say “yes” to being like Jesus and believe that God will use our offering and refine us in the process.

Ashley Wambach, President/Executive Director

Originally posted Oct. 1, 2020

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