This is the second post from Catherine Greer, highlighting what she has learned as foster mama to nine! You can read the first part of her post here.
I often get the response from outsiders that they could never do fostering because they couldn’t give the children up after so long. Although I haven’t had to give any up I do understand and look forward to the day that we have children whose parents work so hard to get their children back, because soooo many do not, the parents that do change and work their plan are deserving of their kids and I would be happy to reunite them. God gave them to me for a little while to care for them, protect them and teach them about Him. I also am looking forward to the day that I can give up some children to a great home for adoption. Coming from a past like I have in which I could not have children I can relate to the emptiness in the adoptive parents hearts and life in their yearning for a child or children to love and care for. I will say that we do currently have a sibling group that God has not yet told us to adopt, even though they are currently up for adoption. So far, all God has said is to prepare them for life, get them ready, teach them what they need to know to not only survive in this world but to live a life with God in it, leading them where He wants them to go. He may tell us down the road that we are to be their parents, but as of yet we are just loving on them, teaching them and protecting them. I truly don’t know how any foster home does it without God. I know there are a lot of them out there, but I would not be strong enough to do it. He truly works through me to reach them and at the end of the day when I am exhausted and frustrated I know that He is my strength to make it until the last one has rested their head on the pillow, until the last bit of laundry is folded and the last dish is dried and placed on the shelf and then I too can lay down for a good nights sleep knowing that it is all for His glory that we do what we do on a daily basis.