Foster moms can’t do everything!

I’ve had the opportunity lately to talk to several ‘young’ foster moms. I am convinced that God is moving in miraculous ways in the lives of these women (and the children they are blessed to care for). There is, however, something I think is worth saying to them and to you (and to me, for that matter!) Here it is…..you can’t do everything.

Foster care is by nature a sacrificial process. It requires that we put aside our agenda, our schedules, our very selves in order to fulfill the calling that God has placed on our hearts. That said, we can also have times when we feel defeated, let down, weary, worn out and even like a failure. Those emotions are NOT in God’s plan. He wants us to ‘cast all of our cares on Him, for He cares for us’. Sometimes that is easier said than done when the day- to-day trials and chaos of foster care overshadow our spiritual eyes. Times when our own expectations or the expectations of others dictate what we do, instead of what the Father wants us to do. It is okay to say no to a new placement. It is okay to prayerfully bow out of ministries or organizations that you have been a part of, (for a season or for good). It is okay to have laundry waiting to be folded or dishes needing to be done. You are doing a great work. You are a missionary with a ripe field that needs harvesting. Other things can wait….hurting kids who need nurturing and love and forgiveness and hope- can’t.

God knows our faults and frailties, yet He is still willing to supply all of the mercy and grace we need to live out His plan. I think His words for you today might be “well done; good and faithful servant”. :)

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Published in: on July 7, 2010 at 11:29 pm  Comments (7)  

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  1. 5 weeks into our first set, and i really needed to hear this! thanks so much for your blog, your heart, and your outpouring of God’s love onto all the children you’ve had in your home!

  2. Been feeling defeated this week – or atleast worn out from the war we wage. Thanks for this.

  3. What a blessing this message is to my heart…that has been worrying about a messy house while I have two little ones that need rocked and played with. Thanks for the reminder!

  4. Thank you for this post. I really needed this, it’s been a discouraging week. Keep up the reminder of WHO we trust in and WHY we do what we do!!!

  5. Thank u so much. I needed these encouraging words today! We have been fostering 10 months now and I know this is where the Lord wants me now & most days are filled with more laughter than despair. But our sweet, precious first placement, whom we’ve had for 10 months and will be 1 year old in 2 days, will be going home soon. I am overjoyed for her dad as he has worked so hard to get ready for his baby girl but its bittersweet as all of (including our 5 older children) are in love with our princess. We have had other placements leave and we have 3 other children with us right now but this baby is tough. I have peace knowing God is in charge but selfishly my heart is being ripped out.

    • Just wanted to add I just found your blog and will be reading your book. Thank you so much! You are an encourgement to me!

    • Oh Teresa- I totally understand what you are feeling! I am praying as I type that God will wrap you up in comfort and that you will hear as your princess leaves your care “well done, my good and faithful servant’! Thank you for your sweet comments- look forward to hearing from you again soon!
      Love and blessings,
      Christie :)


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