Finishing Strong

We received a call this week from DHS telling us that there is only one thing we're lacking to keep us from opening our home, a 3 hour class that was not included in our previous training. Thank God, we found an open class late next week. We are approaching 8 months in our journey just to become foster parents and we are praying that this is our last obstacle to overcome. I can't even begin to tell you how much we've learned by obeying God's call, I am a bit nervous and excited to see what He will teach us once we actually have a child in our home. This past month I've been visiting a darling 4 month old baby at the hospital with failure to thrive. She is in state custody, so the only visitors allowed are DHS approved ones. There is a wonderful program in place here in Oklahoma City, called Operation Lullaby that  connects volunteers cleared through DHS to visit these children in the hospital or at the shelter. Seth and I decided this month that we would recruit volunteers and help DHS get them processed. Seth and I both posted on facebook our need for volunteers for this cause and by the end of the next day had close to 40 people! Praise God! To see how God used this delay for His glory is awesome and such a great reminder for me when more delays happen!

We've been asked a few times recently that with all these setbacks, are we sure that this is what we're supposed to be doing? Without even a hint of doubt, Yes. "What, then, shall we say in response to these things? If God is for us, who can be against us? And that He who began a good work in us, will carry it on to completion until the day of Christ Jesus." (Romans 8:31, Phil. 1:6) At church tonight, we were surprised with the video that we filmed back in July for our church to talk about our "story" in regards to God's call to foster. What better way to finish strong than creating awareness for these foster children AND getting the opportunity to show our church body what God has done in our lives through our obedience? God IS Good.

James 1:27
"Religion that God our Father accepts as pure and faultless is this: to look after orphans and widows in their distress and to keep oneself from being polluted by the world."

Please watch Craig's most recent message series, Change Your World in 52 Days, The Story of Nehemiah. You will be blessed by it. 

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