I’ll admit I’m not so savvy about the options of phones out there…especially when it comes to comparing features and all. But one thing I do know about my phone is that the speaker phone setting leaves a lot to be desired.
So, when my husband is calling from an out-of-town job and the kids are talking all over each other with tumbling thoughts and zero-context subjects, adding the speaker phone feature to the mix is downright stressful. I’m going between speaker phone (to let them have their say and hear Daddy’s voice) and the standard mic settings so I can “translate” what’s being said.
In the midst of the annoyance…and missing him while he’s away…we’re all just so desperate to hear his voice, to share our hearts. Yet this speaker issue gets in the way. The VERY THING that should be a tool connecting us in our time apart is making the whole situation more frustrating and more isolating.
It makes me wonder what other “speaker phones” I have lying around that keep me from hearing an even more important Voice. What so-called “tools” are out there in my daily life that rather than enhance my walk with God, actually hinder it?
After all, if my relationship with God (as with any genuine relationship) is based in regular communication, then a hindrance to that communication is actually a hindrance to the QUALITY of the relationship, right?
Is the Bible devotional I’m doing out of a sense of obligation getting in the way? Am I doing it to check things off a list rather than sit and have a “real” conversation with my Daddy?
Am I just so busy doing the things He has called me to that I can’t sit still long enough to hear Him?
Are there thoughts and subjects tumbling over themselves in my mind…worries and concerns and cares of this world invading the time that I just want to spend enjoying Him?
What keeps me from hearing His voice clearly?
What keeps you from hearing?
Years ago, Steve and I discussed our shared vision for adoption. I haven’t included this in my bio or posted anything about this subject up until now, I suppose, because this is still an “in the works” heart’s desire. But in the midst of our preparations for our lives to change, I felt a need to share our heart for foster care and adoption.
We get the question “Why?” a lot…sometimes in words, but usually just through people’s eyes.
Why go through the hassle to open your home to kids you don’t know, possibly face danger or hostility and be inconvenienced like that?
Why, when you have two amazing kids already…why do you want more?
Why, when you’re homeschooling and your schedule is already so full?
Why, when you aren’t overflowing with wealth and have to watch your spending very carefully?
There’s some truth in those honest questions: it won’t be convenient…we are content with the kids we have…our schedule is full…we are very prudent with our finances and don’t often get “extras.” But when God spoke to us, His voice of invitation trumped all the objections.
He gave us a desire years ago for a house full of kids…not really a specific number, just a bunch. He also gave us a clear vision statement for our family: There is always room in our home and our hearts for just one more.
One more child…one more friend…one more family member…one more son or daughter-in-law…one more grandchild…one more person who is searching or lonely…one more.
So, where are we at in this process right now? We are at a place where we are unable (aside from a healing miracle from God) to have more biological kiddos. We have kids who are amazing helpers and love babies, who are intelligent and caring. We have completed the classes, the required reading, most of the forms. We have a few hoops to jump through before we are certified to be foster parents, as our agency assures themselves of the safety of our home and the character and readiness of our family.
The kids ask several days a week, “When will a baby come?” And I reply, “Soon…just a few weeks…whenever we’ve finished our requirements and God says ‘It’s time.'” Soon…
So, why? Because God has adopted us. He is willing to deal with our messes and be inconvenienced. He is our Provider and isn’t concerned about what money is or isn’t in the bank at this moment. He knows that kids aren’t a burden in life, but a blessing. He is our Protector and will keep us safe in every situation. He has given us the calling to homeschool our kids as well and He will give us the strength and wisdom to adjust our other commitments as needed. Why? Because He loves us. He has invited us to partner with Him in loving those who have been neglected and abused, forgotten, and cast-off.
“Religion [A spiritual life] that is pure and undefiled before God, the Father, is this: to visit orphans and widows in their affliction, and to keep oneself unstained from the world.” James 1:27
Perhaps He is inviting you in some way too. Maybe He’s asking you to say that you are willing to be inconvenienced…to trust more in His power than your own…to set aside the plans you have that make perfect sense by the world’s standards and be open to His plans that are beyond your own logic. Maybe we can turn our “why’s” into “why nots”. Just a thought.
If you’re a foster/adoptive family or are considering it, visit Chosen Ones! God brings special families together and this amazing ministry provides support and encouragement to make these families successful. They have immensely blessed us in our journey and I can’t imagine having walked this road without them!
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