Monday, February 23

Misc. Orphan care/immigration/foster care

It is not uncommon for my thoughts to fall onto the topic of building family. It is what we are immersed in at present and praying about for the future. So as I sit and knit and sign with the cute fellow on the floor, I pray and think and pray a bit more, sun streaming through the windows.

Between school lessons with questions about conjunctions and consonant blends, times tables and such... "Should we go? Should we pull up, sell, get vaccinations, buy bug repellent, house orphans?" Between wiping nose, giving a cuddle, nursing and knitting the remaining stitches after a yarn over, "God, where do you want us? Should we stay here and focus on this city, these immigrants, tackle foster care, adopt, dig down roots, plant a bigger garden?"

I have great peace about either. Both. Maybe one is for now, another for later? One day at a time we go. One stitch at a time I knit.

"Trust in the Lord and do good.
Then you will live safely in the land and prosper.
Take delight in the Lord,
and he will give you your heart’s desires.
Commit everything you do to the Lord.
Trust him, and he will help you.
He will make your innocence radiate like the dawn,
and the justice of your cause will shine like the noonday sun.
Be still in the presence of the Lord,
and wait patiently for him to act.

The wicked borrow and never repay,
but the godly are generous givers.
Those the Lord blesses will possess the land,
but those he curses will die.
The Lord directs the steps of the godly.
He delights in every detail of their lives.
Though they stumble, they will never fall,
for the Lord holds them by the hand."
verses from Psalm 37. You can read the entire chapter here.


Anna said...

I do foster care! I think you would be great at it; however, there is a 6 child limit in PA. I guess you only have 5 though. Is there a limit to the amount of kids you can have where you live? It also is so hard for my 5 and 3 year old to understand when they leave. What a big decision! God Bless you and your family as you seek HIM!

BTW - I really enjoy your blog! I wish I lived near you! You seem like such a encouraging, fun person.

Jen said...

We are in a place too where we are asking about the future. Or, even asking God about the day to day decisions. Such as Vaccines... ugh!

I feel like the Lord has put so many things in my heart to do that it will take 3 lifetimes to accomplish them all.

I guess it is HE who will have to accomplish them... not me. I will be so blessed that he would use me in anything.

Really enjoyed the post-- glad to hear others find themselves there. I am constantly seeking- and sometimes wounder if it is something in me that dosen't like normalicy or staying put. Like, is it just an adventurous spirit, or really something the Lord has planted in me?

I know that I need to find my peace in Him, and in the quietness he always gives answers.

Phase II said...

Your heart is open - GOD will fill it!!


Emily said...

Our family is at a crossroads as well concerning our future and God's will for us. We are unsure of His plans but we do know that He has a plan.

It was a gentle pleasure to read your post and know that there are others that are unsure of God's plan but still trusting.

Anonymous said...

>>> One stitch at a time I knit.

Lovely statement. I'm glad I came across your blog.

Lynn Hasty said...

I love the pictures, Hannah. Such a sweet baby. :)

I wanted you to know that I sent some friends to your blog because they are going to be butchering some chickens and had no idea where to start. I said, "I know exactly where you need to go read." :)

They said it was excellent.


Pam said...

We are eager to see how God directs you and your dh in this faithwalk! How exciting!

Anna said...

What a beautiful verse selection. Thank you.

(PS-I love the color you selected for your knitting.)