This is an exciting update… at least for me this is REALLY EXCITING!!!
Throughout our journey, I have found myself terribly bothered by certain things. So much so that I have been praying and working towards making a change in the foster care system! In an ideal world, I would overhaul any bad parts of the system, make it work FOR the children and ensure that anything else that needed changed, got changed! I would also live out my “BIG DREAMS” of what has been placed upon my heart for kids in care!
A little over a month ago, I received a letter from our agency. In the envelope where two letters. When I got to the second letter, I became so excited that I could hardly stand myself. I had been praying so hard for an opportunity to make a difference in the realm of foster care! The front of the letter detailed information about a newly forming Foster Care Advisory Board for our county! I was so excited… until I turned over the paper and read the requirements to be considered for the position. After looking at the requirements, I realized that I did not meet two criteria. I also realized quickly that the deadline was the next day and you were to call for an application! So when my husband got home from work, I quickly discussed it with him. Always supportive of my dreams and having knowledge of my career history, he convinced me to call for an application.
The next morning, I left a message with the gentlemen concerning the position. Upon returning my call, we discussed my interest, my experience, and my concerns regarding the criteria. He encouraged me to fill out the application, as they had extended the deadline through the end of the month. Of course, I was willing to throw my hat into the ring fully knowing that it may be a long shot. A few days later I had received the application, I immediately filled it out and attached (since the application didn’t ask) a letter stating what I felt qualified me for the position. I mailed it off the same day and honestly, put it out of my mind until the actual due date! That day I gave it a moment’s thought and said, “Lord, whatever you have for me.”
Well, yesterday, I received a phone. It was the same gentleman, He asked me for my email address, so that he could send me the information and meeting dates for the board. Me being, well, ME, said, “Wait, so I am on the board?” He replied, “Yes!” It was kind of funny, I believe there was a chuckle with that yes as if I was asking a stupid question… I mean after all, I was (by their standards) not qualified. Of course I was overwhelmed, humbled and excited! Here’s my chance to do some SERIOUS work and help kids in need! My first text was to my husband, his response… “WOW!” I think we both thought that it was a long shot, but worth a try! My second text was to our agency caseworker! Of course she congratulated me and told me to get to work! My third text was to my parents and well, they were just plain old proud!
I was so humbled, excited and completely overwhelmed to be a part of this. I truly believe that this group can have an impact on HOW we care for kids! I can’t wait for the new year and cannot wait to get started! I am really looking forward to working with the county and others who share the same passion. One thing was confirmed to me, HE doesn’t always call those who are most qualified, but HE certainly qualifies the called! Part of me feels badly for being a doubting Thomas, or showing my insecurities like Gideon, worrying like Martha or being impatient like Sara. God used each of these and many more. Moses stuttered, yet he led boldly. Now here I was praying to God and telling him of my lack of qualifications… yet there was no reason to feel insecure, to doubt, and worry because God already had a plan long before it was ever a desire in my heart! My only prayer as I start this new adventure… is that I, along with the other board members make a difference in the life of a child!
Jeremiah 1:6-8 ~ 6 “Alas, Sovereign Lord,” I said, “I do not know how to speak; I am too young.” 7 But the Lord said to me, “Do not say, ‘I am too young.’ You must go to everyone I send you to and say whatever I command you. 8 Do not be afraid of them, for I am with you and will rescue you,” declares the Lord.