"keep your nasty little snotty kid away from me, PLEASE!!!! Do not let your stickly offspring rush up to me in Whole Foods and grab my $250 Ralph Lauren silk skirt with it’s grubby, crusty hands. One of the benefits of not having children is not having to wear the Mommy Wardrobe. Do not make those of us who are not forced into wash and wear to pay extra for the dry cleaner to remove child goo. Do not allow your offspring to lean over the seat of a restaurant and try to initiate “conversation” with me when I am enjoying a meal with friends."
it reminded me of the story in the bible of when jesus embraced the young children and invited them to come to Him. though children were practically ignored in that society, he sought them out.
it also reminded me of the fact that when sin abounds, the weak are always trampled. right now it is cool to care about social justice, so in general our society sees it as a good thing to care for the hungry and the needy. but it seems like it is becoming more acceptable to look down on children and treat them as less than human (and most especially unborn children). this is an area that the church should be sure to have a strong biblical conviction on: that children ARE a blessing, so that our society's lies do not take us off track.
this article also made me sad because it showed me how i, too, fall for the lies of our society. though i love our four little ones (despite the chaos they bring at times!) i almost feel apologetic about them sometimes. when we are out and people ask about the children, i always rush to point out that they are foster kids that we hope to adopt, implying that that we were not the ones "irresponsible" enough to have so many kids back to back like that (all four of them are under age four).
on the subject of our kiddos, please keep them in your prayers. they get really scared at night and have been reporting more frequently of recent seeing monsters. when we pray with them when they are scared, it seems to help a lot. this could just be an attention seeking behavior, but we really suspect that there is a lot of spiritual warfare in their life right now, and the "monsters" could be something real. they are starting to understand some spiritual concepts, which is pretty encouraging, but this could be the reason that the spiritual warfare seems to be increasing. please pray that each one would be seized by the power of the great affection.
another update is that there is a court hearing on monday, which could result in some or all of the kids being placed somewhere else (like maybe with another family member). we love these kids. i love getting to disciple them and teach them about jesus every day. we so desperately want them to know God, which doesn't seem like it will happen with their birth family. but God is sovereign. please pray that he would draw the kids to Himself and that he would help alex and i to trust what he is doing right now.