After my first full day of a momma of two…I was exhausted. The adjustment of going from one to two was large in itself…then adding in the fact that I know nothing about Z and his “habits”…it will be quite the learning curve. I mean think about it…I have no idea what his sleep schedule is like, when he naps, what he prefers to snack on, what type of sippy cup he uses, what his favorite meal is and he doesn’t talk yet to tell me any of these things…all things that you typically know about your 18 month old when you’ve had them since birth.
But, putting all that aside, because that is all so minor…we had a great day! We went shopping for some new clothes and shoes for Z and while the county does provide clothing vouches…which is an enormous help…they don’t get you very far when you’re starting from zero. Which leads me to the topic of my #faithfilledfriday today…Faith in the Hands & Feet.
Truly, truly, I say to you, whoever believes in me will also do the works that I do; and great works than these will he do, because I am going to the Father. (John 14:12)
You guys have blown me away…and you all know you are.
The love being poured out on Z and our family has been unreal. I don’t even know which story to share first on the amazing ways God has provided. But before I share, I do want to say that we are ALL called to care for the orphan. There is no denying that. Are we all called to become foster parents or adoptive parents? No…we aren’t. But we are ALL called to CARE and DEFEND in some way or another. What could that look like? Prayer, mentor a child, serve an agency, support a family, offer to get background checked to babysit…
PRAY fervently for these children and those families who have been called to bring them into their homes.
I know we have an army praying for us, praying for Z, and praying for his birth family. The power of prayer is real, God hears our cries, and we feel surrounded by your prayers. Pray!
SUPPORT a foster family or adoptive family! You can do this in many ways.
And this is where I’ve been blown away, guys. I spoke in yesterday’s post about getting an armful of clothes from a friend and a new “boy toy” for Z…all before his arrival. Such small offerings that are HUGE blessings on a day when you are literally at zero. Another friend of mine reached out to moms from her church with a clothing need for Z yesterday…who then came together and dropped off bags and bags full of boy clothes in Z’s size. My cousin who has a 4 year old boy reached out to me and told me she’d look through her son’s old clothes but thought she had sold a lot in a garage sale. Miraculously, and totally a God thing, her entire bin of size 18 months clothes did not sell…and she’s gifting all of the clothes (and blankets, bibs, and other “boy things” I DON’T HAVE) to Z.
Our pastor’s family, and close friends of ours, brought us all dinner last night, brought Z a new toy…and thoughtfully brought Avery a gift, too (see her painting below)! We have another family friend from our Missional Community bringing us dinner tonight, family coming to meet Z, family bringing dinner tomorrow night, packages being sent from Florida, Virginia… Friends (and an adoptive family) dropped of the sweetest card and bubbles for Avery and Z. Countless texts, Facebook messages, and comments offering encouraging words and prayers. I am just BLOWN AWAY by the SUPPORT you have all offered…close to us and from a distance.
I am so humbled. I am brought to my knees. The presence of God in all of this is mind-blowing. Seeing Jesus through all of you is inspiring. And honestly, that’s the way it should be. Because again…we are ALL called to CARE and DEFEND in one way or another. The fellowship of believers described in Acts 2 is being lived out and emulated.
And all who believed were together and had all things in common. And they were selling their possessions and belongings and distributing the proceeds to all, as any had need. And day by day, attending the temple together and breaking bread in their homes, they received their food with glad and generous hearts (Acts 2:44-46)
But honestly, more so than caring for and supporting our family, this little boy…who came with nothing…is being showered in love, mercy, and grace in the name of Jesus. While this child of God rests in his new home, the hands and feet of Jesus are serving him in ways he doesn’t yet understand, but I pray, he gets a glimpse of Jesus through all of you.
For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve, and to give his life as a ransom for many. (Mark 10:45)
Thank you all SO MUCH! We are so very grateful!
His will, His way…