I was blessed with an offer to write a short testimony about our foster care journey thus far for our church's monthly newsletter to women. Wanted to share it with my readers! :) When I opened it to read the newsletter today, I was grumpy and short-tempered due to a looooong night of only a few hours sleep because 5 of the 6 kids are sick with croup. I was sure preaching to myself when I read my testimony this morning. Thankful to be reminded that His mercies are new every morning and that when I am weak, He is strong.

Women in Motion:

Elizabeth began attending 12 years ago.  She and her husband, Seth, made the NW Oklahoma City campus their church home in January 2011.  They have served in multiple capacities, including in the LifeKids ministry and leading a LifeGroup. Elizabeth and Seth have 6 children, 3 biological and 3 foster children.  Learn more about their journey HERE.  SH
Early last year, God called Elizabeth into foster care ministry. After a nine-month journey filled with obstacles, Elizabeth and her husband were finally certified foster parents. Within two months, their 1200 sq. ft. house was bursting at the seams with their three new foster children, in addition to their three biological children. The roster of ages in her home is six, four, four, two, sixteen monthsand twelve months.

As  a homeschooling mom to six children, Elizabeth’s days are filled with dirty diapers, laundry, home visits with caseworkers, birth mom visits, and much more. She admits that it’s easy to get into the mindset of “not enough hours in the day.”
 Being a foster parent is a different and extremely educational experience. She says that her faith is tested and strengthened every day, as she has to lay her fears and concerns at the Cross repeatedly.

On the days when she dreads her ministry chores, God quickly reminds her that THIS is why He created her. This is her Chazown, her purpose, to love these children and birth parents like Jesus would. Daily, she chooses joy and thankfulness over frustration and weariness. She is blessed with experiencing the first words and the first steps of these children, and loves being the recipient of hugs and slobbery kisses in abundance. 

As Elizabeth and her family continue to obey God, He blesses them with wisdom and peace that carry them through the unknown parts of this journey. She strongly encourages the Body of Christ to reach out to foster children, foster parents, birth parents, and caseworkers. They all desperately need the support.

"Once our eyes are opened, we can't pretend we don't know what to do. God, who weighs our hearts and keeps our souls, knows what we know, and holds us responsible to act." Prov. 24:12

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