It is my privilege to tell their story...
Three years ago, with only a month's notice, a brand new baby boy entered the Phillips family. For most families, the timing could have seemed wrong, the finances impossible, the idea crazy. But Tyler & Courtnay, with their two biological children, said YES and adopted their sweet son. So many questions, so many unknowns, but one thing they knew for sure, God is faithful, & if He was calling them to help care for His orphans, He would give them what they needed.
Years earlier, Tyler & Courtnay sat through a particular church service and were challenged to make it a habit of saying yes to Jesus. If we make the habit of saying yes, when God asks us to do something crazy, huge or seemingly impossible, our first response will more quickly be yes instead of being held back by fear & excuses. They left that service feeling like those words were meant for them & it sat deep in their hearts, preparing them for what was to come.
The Phillips have always had a passion for orphan care & knew they wanted to adopt. In the process of taking classes for adoption, their hearts were broken & stirred for foster care as well. While still pressing forward with adoption, they switched gears, knowing God was calling them into this. In their minds, they imagined that one day they might adopt out of foster care, but in the meantime, they just wanted to be found faithful with what God was calling them to.
While still in the process of working toward getting their foster care licensing through their state, Tyler & Courtnay met a teen mom who had heard of them while she was searching for an adoptive family. Her baby boy was due in only a month. Even though the Phillips had no funds, no savings, not even enough income to make monthly payments, they said yes, trusting that their good Father was going to provide. And sure enough, by the time the baby was born, even though they had hoped to pay the full amount for the adoption, God made a way for them to make monthly payments.
Three days after their baby boy came home, the Phillips received their license to foster & said yes again. Yes, they would still take in as many children as God would give them. Whatever it takes, the Phillips are committed to saying yes to God's call & trusting that He will take care of them. From the outside, they may seem like average people. But what God has done in their hearts is far beyond average. In a world which twists us into thinking that our lives should be lived for our enjoyment, convenience, comfort & entertainment, they have chosen to follow Jesus & whole-heartedly serve others, even at their own expense. They don't have all the money or the space, but they have hands raised high, saying yes.
Currently, the Phillips have seven children in their home; two biological irish-twins, their son through adoption & four children in the foster care system.
Follow Courtnay on instagram @phillourhome & on her blog www.phillourhome.com
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