Adoption and Foster Care Resources

Recently I stumbled across some new adoption and foster care resources that I thought would be good to share with you, and there are also some older ones I’ve had around for ages that I love, so here’s my list ūüôā¬† Some of these are true stories of families involved in adoption or foster care, some are practical guides to navigating tough waters, some are books that played a huge role in molding my view of adoption and foster care through God’s eyes and some are books meant to prepare your heart for the realities and help you discern God’s will¬†for you in this area.

If you are¬†considering adoption or foster¬†care, supporting a friend or family member with adoption or foster care or are simply curious…dive in!¬† You will be blessed, inspired and better equipped on the other side…guaranteed!

1. Choosing to See – Mary Beth Chapman

2. The Connected Child – Karyn Purvis

3. The Promise: The Story of an Adoptive Mother and a Support Worker – Christen Shepherd and Lisa Highfield

4. Overextended – Lisa Harper

5. Attaching in Adoption – Deborah D. Gray

6. Parenting the Hurt Child – Gregory C. Keck and Regina M. Kupecky

7. Adopting the Hurt Child – Gregory C. Keck and Regina M. Kupecky

8. Another Place at the Table – Kathy Harrison

9. One Small Boat – Kathy Harrison

10. Successful Adoption: A Christian Family’s Guide to Adoption – Natalie Nichols Gillespie

11. Wait No More – John & Kelly Rosati

12. Thriving as an Adoptive Family – Focus on the Family

13. Radical – David Platt

14. Crazy Love – Francis Chan

15. Ready or Not – Pam Parish

Last, but the most powerful of all…your Bible.

If you have questions about adoption or foster care, are confused about God’s leading in this area of your life or are trying to better support others…the answers are all here.¬† Ask Him to reveal His heart and His perspective to you.¬† Ask Him for wisdom.¬† Ask Him for clear direction.¬† This is God’s work and no one is better equipped to teach you than Him.¬† All you need to do is be brave enough to ask.

AF

I’ve been memorizing the second Psalm for the last little while.

I’m not usually very good at getting around to memorizing scripture, but I kept remembering a conversation I had with a friend.¬† She was sharing the idea that choosing to believe that God’s Word is our ”bread and water” spiritually, involves choosing to believe that scripture¬†has fed us whether or not we feel fed.¬† In other words, just because I don’t feel refreshed or inspired after reading God’s Word doesn’t mean my time spent there was fruitless.¬† She talked about a Bible Study plan that was built on simply reading scripture.¬† Choose a passage and read that same passage over and over for weeks or even months.¬† Meditate on it…and believe that it is powerful, life transforming and healing…even if you don’t feel like¬†it.

This idea was intriguing to me, so I decided to try this out.

I find it hard to maintain a healthy devotional life in the midst of my mothering.  Time is precious and limited.  Routines are unpredictable at times.  Stuff happens!

I have always found huge comfort in the fact that God knows and understands my days.¬† An hour spent reading scripture or praying is not always possible, and I do not need to beat myself up about that.¬† I can worship my Creator in many more ways than just sitting down with my Bible.¬† He can speak to me through a million other channels.¬† There are all kinds of little ways I can show Him my desire for Him and my commitment to transformation throughout the day.¬†¬†Scripture to song, verses¬†taped to¬†the fridge, and an open Bible on my desk are all little ways I’ve tried to make sure I am still “eating” spiritually in those seasons of chaos which usually involve¬†babies or demanding toddlers.

However, I also know that God’s Word is powerful.¬† There is nothing that can¬†replace it in my life.¬†¬†I go through seasons where¬†I feel I am¬†starving at times,¬†but¬†I also come out of those seasons.¬†¬†The hard part is diving back into the Word at the¬†first possible moment.¬†¬†Hungering.¬† Thirsting.¬† Gasping for oxygen.

Sometimes I just have no idea where to start.

I read through one gospel or epistle, then go…what now?!

So the last time¬†this happened, I decided to¬†try my friend’s idea.¬† I chose the second¬†Psalm because of verses 2-3.

“But his delight is in the law of the Lord, and in His law doth he meditate day and night.¬† And he shall be like a tree planted by the rivers of water, that bringeth forth his fruit in his season; his leaf also shall not whither; and whatsoever he doeth shall prosper.”

This summed up so beautifully the desire I had for God’s Word to be written on my heart; engrained into the core of my being.¬† It’s been good.¬† I have a new passage memorized, I know what to read each day, and it’s an exercise that’s easy to do even when I’m exhausted or only have a few minutes.

What about you?

How do you¬†make sure you are spending time in God’s Word and in prayer throughout your days?

Does it matter?

I’d love to hear your ideas ūüôā

AF