Friday, November 21, 2008

Cover them.



These photos are of my friend, Becca and her family. {Thank you, Becky, for your amazing photography skills and for allowing me to post these beautiful pictures.} Becca is asking for those of us who believe in the power of prayer to join with her as she prays for her two children. They have been in her home for nearly a year and are being placed back with their biological mother next week. Becca and her husband and crushed to learn this news. That is why she is asking for our prayers.
I find the most difficult aspect of having faith is not in trusting that God CAN do things, but rather when we find ourselves having to trust His ways even when they don't make sense in our human hearts and minds. This is one of those times. It just doesn't seem that this situation will prove best for these adorable babes- and it causes great pain in the lives of Becca, her husband and all their family and friends. My heart goes out to them.
My faith teaches me that God works for the good of those who love Him. And that is where the testing of my faith often wains most. I cannot begin to understand how God allows 'bad stuff' to happen in our lives. And yet I know that He has all the power to change circumstances and take the suffering away. Still, there are many times He doesn't do this- and so we ultimately just have to sit back and accept the trials that come our way, trusting fully in God to weave these hardships into beautfiul chapters of our lives.
It takes everything in me to trust when situations come my way and the way of others. Will you please join me in covering Becca, her husband, Scott, and these two little children with prayer? I know her faith must feel weak and small at this time. I cannot imagine the agony and fear she has inside, and that's why I ask you help hold them up in prayers. There is strength and comfort that comes in knowing so many are sharing your burdens. I know that, full well. I know that God can do amazing things as a result of our prayers and that He hears the cries of our hearts. I don't know how this chapter will end for Becca and her family, but I know she will appreciate all your thoughts and prayers. Forever.

21 comments:

The Wade's said...

I'm praying for their family and their continued faith.

Wendy said...

This is horrible. I will join you and everyone else who reads this to PRAY!

Laura said...

I am so sorry to hear about your friends' heartache. Fostering children takes such strength to weather these storms of broken hearts. It takes a very special person to sign up for the task knowing that this outcome could be a possibility. I wish the very best for the family and for the sweet children.

Anonymous said...

As an adoptive mom, I know the heartache of having a child in your home for awhile and then have their parenting plan switched. While it is heart wrenching, it is not always the worst thing. People change and sometimes, as hard as it is to believe it, having the biological family parent the child is sometimes the best thing.
We had a little boy for a year and then his "family" returned and we never saw him again. The only upshot? We have a delightful little girl that is adopted and is ours to KEEP! :)
I hope your friends hearts heal quickly and that they open up their hearts and homes again in the future.

Now... totally off subject. Your family looks terrific, you look amazing for having 6 kids and one of them being a newborn, and I envy your talents. :) I read your blog often and want you to know that a lot of us think you are a spectacular person. :)

our family said...

Joining you all in prayer for these precious children and their heartbroken parents. May God comfort Becca and her husband during this time. May they feel a peace knowing He is watching over these children. I pray also for the family that they are returning to that God sends those believers into their mother's life to shepherd her and these little ones.
Hugs an Prayers
Rachel in PA

BrandonandBethanyHartman said...

I am so sorry to hear of your friends heartache.I will be lifting them up in prayer in the days and months to come.I have to say,that this happens far too often.We have dear friends who faced the same thing,only to have their little girl return to them.Praying God's hedge of protection around these adorable children.

AmandaHoyt said...

I will be praying for Becca and her family during this most difficult time.
Hugs,
Amanda

~ shi ~ said...

I am praying for your friends, and for you and your family.

jsprik said...

can you please let her know that i will be having EVERYONE i know praying for her!! i know how it feels to have a loved one taken, as do you, i will be on my face praying!! hugs and prayers....

So Blessed said...

I will pray for Scott, Becca and both of the precious children...and the family they are returning to. It is so sad that your friends have to endure such pain of giving up these little ones. Jeremiah 29:11 comes to my mind: "For I know the plans I have for you", says the Lord, "plans to prosper you and not to harm you, to give you a hope and a future." I will be claiming this promise for both your friends and the children...and I will pray for comfort for hurting hearts.

Holly T. said...

The prayers are being said. I have also been praying for you...hope you are feeling better. Blessings!

jyjiggy4jc said...

I will be praying for Becca and her family during this difficult time. I cannot imagine what they must be going through.

Anonymous said...

We will pray for the children and all the adults, that what is best for those adorable children will be. Stay strong and believe.

Rhonda

Lisa-Kate said...

Oh I am so sad. I will pray with my whole heart!

lusi said...

Jodie I have prayed for this family. i can not begin to imagine what it would feel like to go through something like that. About a month ago, I dreamt very clearly that our son was taken from us because the dr's had made a 'mistake' and switched him at birth by accident. He was 3 in my dream when they took him back. We watched him being taken down the corridor of this hospital and he was screaming for us and us for him. It was so awful that when i awoke in the night from it, i couldn't return to sleep straight awy. It was only a dream for me and yet in a way this is Becca and Scott's reality. It must be hartbreaking and yet...
yet you are so right in that while we can't always understand why God would allow us to go through such things, we know that He does work good for those who love him and are called according to his purposes.
This year when our precious son was diagnosed with autism we had lots of stuff to deal with - much which had come from well meaning people. One of the things the Lord showed me was what Job said to his wife after she asked how long he would keep trusting in God for and why didn't he just curse God and die? His response was, 'Shall we accept only good from God and not trouble?' And the next verse is so wonderful, 'And Job did not sin in all that he said'. He was willing to accept the hard times and the good times from the Lord because he understood that his Redeemer lives!
How difficult it is to still say, despite the circumstances, 'i will still love you Lord' and yet what peace, comfort, release and joy there is in being able to do just that.
I will hold your friends up in my prayers before our Daddy in heaven.
Love Lusi x

Anonymous said...

Big Sigh!!!! I can't imagine this happening or the feelings that go with it. Prayer and reaching for God is the "only" thing that I know to do! Only in Heaven will be get the answers for these kinds of things...and the plans that our Heavenly Father has for ALL of us.

I too know of a couple who have a "foster" child and an adopted one as well. The foster child is "unadoptable" but yet is bonding with this dear couple. Only God knows the outcome and they "why" of it all.

May only good come from both of these experiences....even when our human eyes can't see the good from it all.

katemcdonald said...

will pray- thanks for sharing

surfmomma4 said...

The story of your friends is heartbeaking to say the least. Over the years children have come in and out of our lives. One special little boy stole our heart completly, but we had to release him, My husband said we have to be content in knowing that we gave him something he would not have recieved otherwise and have to be grateful for that..and to try and be unselfish. Yes God does ask much of us, and truly believe that we will understand it all one day in the Light of His Love..God bless you Jody for just being the person you are. Not trying to be someone else..you are the realist person I have "not" met..smiles. have a great day and hold that baby 24/7 if you want to..it does goe too fast. Have a grea day. Susie

All moments remembered said...

Ohhh my heart just breaks for them. I will pray for them! I know God has a plan but times like this are very hard to have faith and understanding. Love and prayers to them all.
Stacey

Anonymous said...

Prayers from Oregon.

Anonymous said...

I cannot imagine the pain this couple and these children are enduring. My husband and I got involved with 3 small girls a year ago and we keep them as often as the grandparents will allow.We love them like our own and they love us. This story hit so close to home. If CPS gives them back to their mom, I have great fear that we would not see them again. It would crush us all.
I will pray for your friend and the children.