The Mahoney’s are good friends of ours in NC. It’s always nice to have friends with kids the same age as yours–we get each other. Their story is one of faith and courage, even in the unknown. I hope you are encouraged today and will pray for them!
Now may the God of peace, who through the blood of the eternal covenant brought back from the dead our Lord Jesus, that great Shepherd of the sheep, equip you with everything good for doing his will, and may he work in us what is pleasing to him, through Jesus Christ, to whom be glory for ever and ever. Amen. Hebrews 13:20-21
I believe that…right?? Our story is one of baby steps, we follow God’s call in just one little thing, then one more and one more. Pretty soon, we’re just holding onto Jesus for the ride of our lives, braving the trials and joy together. It’s been 12 amazing, married years of joys and tragedy but when life gets crazy, we hold on to God and each other. Casey has more faith than anyone else I know; it just tends to be faith in God and not my ideas. That’s why all big decisions are marked with a season (sometimes a month, sometimes years) of intense prayer, jointly and individually, until we know without a doubt it’s God desire and not our own. Right now, we have two beautiful children and jobs that we love. I only work part-time to have more time pouring into our kids’ lives. Life right now is just comfortable and easy, maybe predictable. Family dinner, same time every night, early bed for the kids and we just talk, connect, pray together. Casey, the normal one, is completely content. Me (Angela), I’m climbing the walls…this is how it goes in my head, “God just doesn’t call me to easy (that’s the American dream talking), I’m here for His glory, I serve at the master’s pleasure.” I really love kids and I love the challenge of parenting!! So, we’ve accepted the next calling on our lives, the next great adventure has begun, but in true Godly fashion, it continues with more prayer and (uggg….) waiting. In July, we completed all the training, interviews and inspections and we are licensed, card-carrying Foster Parents for DSS. And we wait, patiently as I clean and organize everything in our home within an inch of its life (just like that nesting thing of late-pregnancy). We wait for the chance to help and pray for the children and their precious families who are in horrible circumstances. We wait to partner with parents have been given the most precious gifts and need some help caring for their kids. We wait for God to call us to the front lines of the battlefield and ask us to not only give donations this time, to not give just an afternoon or even a week to help the needy, but to open our home and our lives to those children in need. Open our hearts to those parents who’ve made choices I can’t understand, but Jesus loves unconditionally. Am I idealistic? Probably, but it’s based it on the way I’ve seen God work in the past (Genesis 50:20). It’s going to be hard, I know that; but standing on the belief that God has and will continue to equip us for what he has called us to do, we wait and pray. Please pray with me for the families and children who can’t stay in their own homes. Pray that God will send an army of Christ followers to the front lines to love these families as Christ loves them, unconditionally. We thank God that He allows us to be a part of His work; it’s an honor to work for the Master. My prayer for you is that you will too be overwhelmed by His grace and love for you and you will take up the task that God has called you to. Remember – baby steps, prayer, waiting then HANG ON!!
Casey and Angela Mahoney