How Saying Goodbye Welcomes God’s Grace

Wisdom tells us to begin with the end in mind. Beginning our fostering journey was no different, especially with a house full of elementary-aged biological children. As a family that planned to foster and not adopt, we had to consider how this would end.

One of the primary objections to fostering is the fear of “how do you let them go?” We did not know the answer, other than that through faith God would guide us.

Recently, we bid a child farewell that had been in our home for over nine months. The reality is that we may have a precious relationship years from now…or we may never hear from her.

This child had called me Mommy for months, yet as she left our home, we had no idea when or if we would ever see her again. This work brings no guarantees.

People are led to become foster parents for different reasons, but one thing becomes abundantly clear from the moment a needy child arrives in your home: This ministry cannot be about having your own needs met by a child or a system, as both will likely let you down.

Throughout our fostering journey another truth has permeated my soul: “My God will meet all your needs according to the riches of his glory…” (Philippians 4:19)

Obedience to the call of God to care for the least of these does not bring ease or accolades, but a blessing far more precious and lasting: His presence.

Through true dependent prayer and incredible community support, I am experiencing the body of Christ and the day-to-day sufficient grace of God in a way that had eluded me for four decades.

Getting messy with the ministries God leads us to provides front row seats to experience how true His promises really are—and His blessings are completely worth the risk.