Tuesday, October 25, 2011

Foster Care

Over the past 7 years or so my husband and I have been foster parents. We have had the privilege of hosting 17 beautiful children in our home over the years. Children whom we pray for continually as they continue through life journey. We do not hear how they are doing once they have left our home but the Lord knows their needs. While the children are in our home they have the opportunity to hear about the Lord Jesus Christ and what he did for them on the cross. They learn songs like Jesus Loves Me and they also learn how to pray. One of our last little ones loved prayer time and she could pray like no other. Her prayers went on for a good five or ten minutes. And even though we only understood bits and pieces of her prayer I know that her Father in heaven caught every word.  What a privilege to teach these young kids about God.

Many people ask me how on earth can you be a foster mom? Isn't it hard to send them back home? I don't think I could ever do that! Well my answers are as follows. I can only be a foster mom by the strength my heavenly Father gives me to do so. The comfort he gives me when I must grieve after they go home and the hope he places in my heart of getting to help, teach, care for and comfort more of His children. I remind my self that these children did't ask to be placed in this situation and the still need all of the love and care that I am able to provide. So why not me? If I don't do it who will? I discovered this week that ND has a huge shortage of foster care providers in many counties. If you think that you might be able to open your home to a child or two or three or four :) please contact your local Social Services department and ask about taking the PRIDE class. You will know if you are able to do it after completing this class. When Tim first came home and told me we should think about becoming foster-parents my response was the same once I listed above. But once I took the class I knew this was in Gods plan for me. Yes it is hard, it is sad and sometimes you will even get mad at the authorities who send the kids home even when the social workers Suggest that no they shouldn't go. But you will have made a difference to that child or children who were in your care for a day or a year depending on their situation.

So think about it! Pray About IT!

Sing Praises to your King!

Wednesday, September 28, 2011

If We Say We Have No Sin We Deceive Our Selves.

1 John:18-9 This is a verse that I remember saying each Sunday as we recited the liturgy of confession and absolution while I was attending  the Lutheran Church Missouri Synod. In case you were wondering they can be found in the Divine Service setting two from the LSB hymnal pg 167.  I have always found comfort in hearing these words and miss hearing them now that I attend a church that is not as liturgical.

We attend church to hear about the law that shows us our sins and also the Gospel which reveals the saving grace that God has bestowed upon us. This is what strengthens us and helps us to hold steadfast in tough times. If we are not hearing both of these things during the sermon at our churches we need to ask ourselves What Jesus is our church proclaiming? Is it the true Jesus of the bible or a Jesus that fits the mold of what we want him to be?  

Sing Praises to your King!

Wednesday, September 21, 2011

Fellowship In Christ

Today we learned about fellowship. I must confess that when I hear the word fellowship I think of the coffee time at church or a gathering where something fun or entertaining is happening. Too often this "fellowship time" turns into a gossip session or an all about me session. How is this glorifying our Father in Heaven. This is not the kind of Fellowship that John is talking about in 1 John 1:3 Being in fellowship is much more. It is sharing in the hope of eternal life. Praying for one another, encouraging one another with scripture and working together for the glory of God. The next time you are at a church function weather it be coffee or a youth activity where there is fun to be had. Take some time to talk about the Lord with those fellow believers, offer to pray for or with them, discuss the sermon or part of scripture that you have recently read. Let us turn those fellowship times into true Christian fellowship.

Sing Praises to your King!

Tuesday, August 16, 2011

Cakes, Cakes and More Cakes!

  Before I begin I have to tell you about the first birthday cake I made my son. It took several tried lots of tears and frustration. You see he wanted an ocean theme cake. We had just adopted him and he was turning 9. I felt so bad that his cake looked so terrible. But even thought it was not perfect he loved it any way. Well I have done a lot of practice since then  and have come a long way. Here are my latest creations. 

This week I had the privilege of making three Birthday cakes. 

The first cake was for my grandmother who will be 90 in Sept.

She loves birds so I figured this cake was just up her ally. She loved it and even shed some tears.  

Here I am with my beautiful grandma. I am so blessed to have both my grandparents in my life. I pray they know how special they are to  me and how grateful I am that they loved my mother enough to teacher her about the Gospel who then passed that knowledge down to me and I in turn down to my son! Now we all have the Renascence that Jesus died for our sins and we have eternal life in Heaven to look forward to. 

The next cake was for my dad who's birthday was on Friday. As many of you know he loves fishing so I fashioned this cake around his favorite hobby!

Here is my dad with his cake. He was also very surprised!

Now this cake was for non other than my mother. She had no idea that I was making this cake. Her birthday was the week before but I didn't want to leave her out of the celebration. 

My mom loves to garden so this cake was the perfect fit. 

Here is My mother with her specialty cake. 

May God bless both of you and use you for his will in this new year of life!

Sing Praises to your King!