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Friday, November 2, 2012

He Needs a Family

Without any formal "hello, Mom!", she starts her entry into our home with a question.  "Mom, do you think __________ would be willing to adopt?"  I answered without hesitation, "I have no clue!"  I knew better than to just stop there; she usually has something behind her questions.  "Why?  Do you know of a child that needs a family?"

Throughout her life, she has been drawn to those who seemed to get themselves in trouble.  Like the stories of the person who could pick up every stray dog, she would gravitate toward the outcast.  Many times, she stumbled through and as she reached out to give hope, she also got pulled into the world often created by rebellion.

She has the scars to show and the testimonies to tell as she has walked through others' pain and her own. She has witnessed numerous teenage girl's pregnancies.  She starts to tell me whose child... and why?

This story is one of probably millions of children all of over the world...but this one is in our own backyard.  God sends some to mission fields and others He calls to minister to those in their own backyard.  What part are we to play in this story that tugged at my heart?

The girl found herself pregnant while in her late teens.  Her desire to have someone love her overcame the wisdom of giving the little boy up for adoption following his birth.  I have to praise her for not going to the local abortion clinic, even if the future for her as a single mother looked dim.  I heard of his birth and my daughter continued to try to stay in touch as this young woman began down the world of drugs.  My daughter continued to try to reach out.

The other day the grandmother (herself, fighting her own battles) called our daughter to ask if  she would take the little boy.  Of course as she told the story to me, through tear-swollen eyes, she adamantly said, "and if they don't want to adopt him, I am!"  Then she looked up and said, "well, I haven't asked Michael yet!"  

She will be married March 3rd, 2013 at the age of 22.  I couldn't see her starting her marriage with a 2-year-old, and yet my heart couldn't see us doing nothing.

Of course, then she had to show me his picture....and then came his name, Joshua. He was named after his uncle who is just a few years older and a child whom I knew from a young age.

The young mother will be spending many years in prison.  We had tried to reach out to her...we took her with us to church and had her in our home.  Just another story....there are so many.   So many right in our own backyard.  How this story will end I don't know, but this little boy is pulling on all of our hearts.  Yes, we are praying, as we ask God what He would have us do.  Of course my first reaction was..."where is he? I will go get him!"  The system is set up to not let you do that, but my heart just wanted to bring him home.  Restless sleep at night... tossing and turning as his picture crossed my mind over and over again.....divine appointment?... Lord what are you saying?  

My devotional just hours before my daughter entered the house....Faith in active opposition to common sense is mistaken enthusiasm and narrow-mindness, and common sense in opposition to faith demonstrates a mistaken reliance on reason as the basis for truth............The life of faith says, "Lord, You have said it, it appears to be irrational, but I'm going to step out boldly, trusting in Your Word." - Oswald Chambers

16 Joining in with more words:

Vee said...

This is a matter for serious prayer. The Lord has a plan for this little one and He will surely reveal it. Praying for you all and Joshua most especially.

Debbie said...

Oh Janette I will join you in prayer for this special little guy. I know the Lord has a perfect plan for him, and I pray that you will feel a peace about whatever decision comes to pass. Your daughter's heart is such a tender one, and I know the Lord will use that many times over. HUGS

Farm Girl said...

I will be praying that God will show you what you should do. For God's protection too. Praise God for your tender heart.

Canadagirl said...

I will pray for the Lord to lead you but it really sounds like you all know in your hearts already. There is a phrase that has come to me. "If the Lord leads you to it He will lead you through it."

Blessings and ((HUGS)) my SSiC
In Him<><

Sonja said...

oh boy... there's something to this, that's for sure. I will be praying with you.

Carol OurSearsKitHome said...

You are a wise woman who abides in the Lord. I know He will guide you. I will pray for unity for you and your family, and a home for Joshua.
And for Joshua's mom and grandma.

Sandy said...

I'd be just like you and want to go and get this precious little one. I will join you and be in prayer about this, Janette. I know our wonderful Father will show you all what He would have you do. I pray the very best for this child. Keep us posted.

myletterstoemily said...

well, little joshua has big shoes to fill.
if those shoes are in your house, the
Lord will provide the grace and shoes.
He will show you . . . as He always

what a precious daughter you have@!

Patty@Lemon Lane Cottage said...

Praying with you sweet lady.

Brenda Lazzaro Yoder, said...

Janette, there is so much in this post, a testimony to a beautiful young woman you have and hearts you have poured into that have the heart of the Lord. Much happening in your world right now, be assured God is moving in each of you and has you and your family nested in His hands. Praying with you!


Marla and Steve said...

Like Vee, I know the Lord has a plan for you and this child and it will be revealed. Your heart is as big as Texas and God know that.

Thoughts for the day said...

You would be awesome and so helpful... YES you can do it. A little one to love is not hard, I watch my nieces three year old and she is a joy. I infact LOVE the twos and threes. They are funny. Just think how life changing it would be for him.

Maryann said...

I have always believed your mission field is where ever God has planted you. I will be praying that the Lord will direct your path...that he would show you what you are to do...he is faithful

Tanna at The Brick Street Bungalow said...

Praying for you, Janette... and your family... that His will will become clear and a peace will come... and that Joshua is safe in God's plan for his life. blessings and hugs ~ tanna

Rebecca said...

Bless your heart! All of you are in my prayers. That Chamber's quote is sobering, isn't it? What to do? What to do? "If anyone lacks wisdom..."(James 1:5).

Lea also known as "CiCi" said...

Oh, my goodness! I'm reminded of Romans 8:28 as I read this entry. Like others, I'm sure God has a perfect plan for little Joshua and I'll join you in prayer as He reveals that plan. Hugs!

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