We’ve Been Preparing For This

At 2:34 PM today my cell phone rang as I drove through downtown Tacoma. It was Amber, and I could tell from her tone that there was something that she was excited to tell me about.

A social worker had just called and let her know that there was a baby boy who was a few days old and being released from the hospital and in need of a foster family. I continued to drive down the road, listening to her words and trying to allow them to sink in.

Only a few days prior had we received our official foster care license, and we knew a call like this could come at any moment.

And that moment was now.

“So, what do you think?”, she asked. A few seconds passed as I prayed silently and just listened.

And then she said, “We’ve been preparing for this.”

[quote align=”center” color=”#999999″]”We’ve been preparing for this.”[/quote]

Five words.
Significant words.
True words.
Powerful words.

Over the past year we have been on a journey of prayer, learning and listening. And talking…and thinking. Fostering was something that had never really been on our radar. But for some reason, we couldn’t shake what Jesus seemed to be saying to us.

What do we do?
How do we know?
Can we actually even DO this?
How do we even prepare for something like this?

Here are a couple simple things we are learning:

We started to take simple steps toward what we were sensing in our hearts. The challenge with preparation is that it doesn’t just arrive. It is a process – a walk of faith.

The first step to being prepared for whatever it is that God is asking you to do? Take a step.

The reality of The Gospel has been preparing us for this. We were welcomed in and adopted into God’s family through His great and generous love for us. Jesus made room for us. We get to make room for others.

You will never know every answer. For Jesus followers, we are called to walk by faith – “being sure of what we hope for and certain of what we do not see.” If God is calling you to something that seems beyond your comfort zone, get comfortable with learning to listen. And when He speaks, trust Him.

We are just beginning this new chapter with a new addition of a little baby boy. We honestly don’t know where it is going to all end up. I do know this, being prepared is a process, we have the opportunity to live out the Gospel, and we will do our best to listen and to trust.

We’ve been preparing for this.

  1. Congrats you two 👍🏻 15 years ago William and I became Foster parents as well , huge need for this amazing and rewarding adventure and it has blessed us over and over ! We had five children placed in our home one by one and five was our limit . We adopted Five amazing beautiful children in need of a loving home , we have two teen daughters left at home and God has provided all we ever needed to raise His children ! Many , Many blessings and prayers sent your way ❤️ Love you guys

  2. Amazing! Thank you for being willing to say yes for that itty bitty baby. There is something so beautiful in fostering!

  3. May God bless you both as you continue to give back as God has given to you.

    I have been a foster parent also, and I can tell you that what you are about to experience is like no other. Two of my foster children I adopted just letting you know so you are prepared.

    May God bless you and Amber as you continue on this journey with the Father.

    Blessings and Shalom

  4. This is great Tyler! As a family that is just 5 months into this new chapter that is fostering, your thoughts resonate in a big way! I’m so thankful for His grace and the process…

  5. Amber and Tyler and kids,
    Early congratulations!
    Tyler, you have a beautiful way with words and a willing heart! I am proud to call you my nephew!
    Aunt Terrie

  6. So powerful! God is allowing this child to be blessed by an amazing loving family. Not only are you all being obedient to God but are also leaving such a beautiful lesson of love to your own children as they get to experience being the body of Christ. Many blessings your way.

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