*originally published on 07/10/2012
My heart is heavy. Heavy for every orphan in our world, but especially the thousands of orphans right here among us in our own communities! That is mine and Jeff’s heart…American orphans, broken-hearted children waiting for just one loving, caring family to step forward and make room for them in their lives. The amazing thing about love is this. It multiplies! You do not need to worry about dividing or splitting up your love, your time or resources! The more of you that you give away, the more God expands your heart and life…and overflows your cup! He has always taken excellent care of our needs…all ten of us!
This post is about precious children in our United States, hurting and waiting to see if someone can, or if anyone will take them into their family and love them forever and always and no matter what. It is not easy. It will challenge you like never before, but it is more than worth it!
*The following excerpt is by Focus on the Family and can be found here. I hope you will check out the chart they have posted.
[The chart found here at Focus on the Family shows the official number of children in your state’s foster care system waiting for adoptive families. The numbers in the chart reflect the numbers reported by states to the federal government. The powerful point illustrated in the chart is this: with the number of churches in the U.S., why should we have any waiting children in U.S. foster care?]
Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this,
To visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction,
and to keep himself unspotted from the world.
To view pictures of some of the waiting children and youth, please visit the Heart Gallery of America web site.
Will you please join us, the happy Scott family to plead and pray for orphans? Please ask God what more would He have each of us to do to visit the fatherless in their affliction, and to love and support families and children all over our homeland or right there in your own community?
[This photo was taken the Summer 2009, on our first family vacation right after the addition of 3 more sweet daughters. Oh my goodness! Can you stand it? Every one of them is so precious and adorable.]
We have promised the Lord we will follow Him no matter what. We are open for anymore blessings He may have in store for our family. My friend, is your heart burdened? You truly could dramatically change and bless the life of a child. And, you will be just as amazed by how God will change and bless you!
He hath shewed thee, O man, what is good;
and what doth the Lord require of thee,
but to do justly, and to love mercy,
and to walk humbly with thy God?
Please, remember to click one of the links above to see the chart! Thank you so much!!!
Important Family Update: As of May 24, 2014 — we have two new additions to our family! After much prayer and paperwork to update our homestudy (to be prepared and open in case the Lord did plan to grow our family), God brought us two little boys. They are 4 and 5 years old. We are in love with our sons and the girls adore their little brothers. We are all adjusting nicely and the kids get along the same as all siblings, with fun and fueding. 🙂