by I Wonder
Living in chaos ~ We are not here for our own pleasure ~ We have a purpose.
There was a lot of hate and anger in that courtroom. When the kids that we had come to know got up and said what they had to say, my sensitive husband could not hold back the tears any longer. My husband was proud of the way they used appropriate language and held themselves together. The kids did not know he was in the courtroom. He waited outside to see them before he left. He explained why he was there and gave them hugs, and said,â€ť You know where we are if you ever need anything.â€ť Those kids beat my husband to the house that day and told me all about it.
Well, life went on. We saw less and less and heard about the trouble the fella was getting into. Before we knew it, the fella had a son, then a daughter and then nothing. The next time I heard anything was when the mother of the children was moving back to town and needed help. By then there was another little girl in the mix.
This fella ended up in prison, and the kids were taken into custody. Their mother did everything she had to do to get her children back. (I did not know any of this until she moved back to NC).
Several months later, she was pregnant with her 4th child thanks to our son. She lost the apartment, and this little family has been living with us for over a year. Our granddaughter is a year-old now.
The mother of these children turned 24 this year. God bless her soul. She grew up without her mother and learned to fight and defend herself. I couldnâ€™t imagine being so young and having so much responsibility on my shoulders. It seems that she goes through the motions of day to day life with little if any sparkle in her eyes. When looking at this situation, most people see nothing but hopelessness, but one thing is for sure, GOD does not make mistakes! I wish I had known that when I was 16.
The kids love to go to church, and our church family has become the village, accepted these children, loved them, and many have caught one that got away from usâ€¦...three is a lot to handle.
Eventually, this fella was released and still struggles to get through life. There is a lot of turmoil between the kid's parents. They are only kids themselves. I pray that seeds are being planted during this time they are spending with us and this precious family will live in a mighty harvest.
We all have managed to survive somehow. Never underestimate what God has planned for your life. We are here to help others, not to indulge ourselves.
My conclusion: God prepared our hearts years ago to love these rowdy, messy, noisy, cuddly little rascals. I still have a special place in my heart for this fellow and his sister. I can only pray for God to get the attention of these young parents and awaken their spirits. God can and will take all of this chaos and make a beautiful, unbelievable, incredible life story worth living and sharing. May this testimony/story give otherâ€™s hope when life seems to be broken in so many pieces.