Friday, November 9, 2012

It's Time....

'I will recount the steadfast love of the Lord,
    the praises of the Lord,
according to all that the Lord has granted us,
    and the great goodness to the house of Israel
that he has granted them according to his compassion,
    according to the abundance of his steadfast love'

Princess Petunia's new foster mom contacted me for the first time on Wednesday!!!! I was so very excited. She, Mama S, was given my contact information the night Princess Petunia left us, but after almost 3 weeks, I had pretty much given up any hope of hearing from her. But she called!!!! We spoke for a while; she had some questions about PP's behavior and the problems that we had while she was with us. We also began to compare notes about the case. And then, near the end of our conversation, Mama S offered to meet for ice cream or play dates in the park! I couldn't help it; I just cried. She was just so encouraging and comforting. While I didn't ask her outright, I got the sense that she is a believer. What a tremendous blessing! We're all just so excited about the opportunity we have to maintain a real relationship with Princess Petunia and her new Mama S. Rachel helped me put a memory book together for PP that we'll take to her at our first playdate. 

More exciting news-----
We asked DHR to take the hold off our home! When PP left, I wasn't sure how long it would be before I'd feel ready again. The hurt was just so great. This past Sunday, Pastor David finished his sermon series on Revelation, and so much of what he shared challenged and encouraged my heart....

See the Christ in all His glory; TRUST, love, and fear Jesus more..
See your life in proper perspective, as God sees your life:
Refuse complacency, not waning in our want for God.
Jesus possesses and protects you. You are in the grip of God's good and gracious governance.
Hasten the coming of Christ by taking risks to engage this world with the gospel.

I just felt God telling me that it was time to get back in the game. He's bigger than my feelings, and He is faithful to provide all we need. I told Jared as we were walking out to the parking lot that that day was the first time I had wanted to take on another child. His response was, 'oh good! i was planning to ask you about that on the way home.' It was, to me, immediate confirmation, that yes, it's time. 
Sooooooo, we're back to where we started back way back in May....waiting on a phone call.