Guest post by Lindsay Emswiler
In my opinion, want to know the biggest lie that the enemy tells?
Foster Parents are Superheroes.
When sharing our story, I never want it to seem as if I have it all together. I just don’t…
Last week my kid dumped Chex mix on the floor. I left it for a week.
Yesterday I had to remind my older kid to brush his teeth. It had been a while.
All the while my younger son is completely addicted to watching videos.
My desire is never looking superhuman because that’s NOT attainable. I want to put real faces on a terrible situation.
It’s such a blessing, while in the trenches, to have people lift you up and encourage you. It’s literally has saved me somedays. I have been ready to throw in the towel and a Saint of God will come along and speak like into me. It rejuvenates me!
Foster Care is for Real People.
I want you to see that my family is real, completely normal, yet crazy, and healthy.
We get way too attached because we are normal.
We get angry at their situations because we are normal.
We cry when they cry because we are normal.
My children are completely and totally worth the fight. Regardless of how they got to me, they are wanted.
You don’t have to be a superhero to be a foster parent.
7,000 kids in WV are in foster care. Honestly, I think that CPS workers would be quicker to remove children from unsafe situations if they knew they wouldn’t have to BEG people to put them in their home.
You don’t have to have superhuman strength. You don’t have to be a superhero to be a foster parent. You don’t have to have a Ph.D. in child psychology. You don’t have to be anything special. You just have to have a desire to make a change. A willing heart. Don’t listen to the lies of the enemy. Don’t wait for the perfect time. There isn’t one. We don’t foster because of how we feel, we foster because of how the children do. Simple as that. Rise up. Step up. Toughen up… and say yes.
*Lindsay Emswiler is just a regular mom, business owner, and pastor’s wife whose eyes were opened and life transformed when she became a foster parent. She and her husband, Cory, live in Charleston, West Virginia with their kids–two biological, two adopted, and whomever the else the Lord brings their home!
Listen to this week’s podcast to hear more from Lindsay!