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Could You Do It?

on January 13, 2017

The thing I hear most often when people find out that I’m a foster parent is “I could never do it.” They think they would be unable to love a kid and then give the kid back to family or wherever the state decides.

Yes, it is hard. But every relationship we are in has an end-date. Think about it. Your spouse, your children, your friends….Although you may not know when that end date will be, your relationships can end through death (yours or theirs, whichever is first), unresolved conflict, or simply growing apart. Really, the only difference in your relationship with a foster child from your relationship with your own child, is that there is a more definite end date.

But, I promise you one thing: You will get through. It will take time, and you are allowed to mourn when your foster child leaves, but you will be okay. And that child will have been able to experience your love when they go through what is possibly the toughest part of their life, being ripped away from their parents and thrust into the arms of strangers. It is not something they asked for, but they still deserve just as much love as any other kid.

Recently, I have been reading the book “Believing God” by Beth Moore. Definitely a good book to convict you and bring you closer to God and to believing what he has said about your life. Anyway, the following excerpt from the book struck me:

Agape [love] is not only exercised when it feels like it, it is exercised when we choose to extend God’s love as an (often sacrificial) act of our will. Sometimes our only motivation is obedience to God. When we’re willing, we’re succinctly told in 1 Corinthians 13:8 that love never fails.

God calls us to love when we don’t feel like it, and that when we extend that love, it will not fail. Showing love to a child who may not have ever experienced it (or some people may feel doesn’t deserve it) will not fail. It may be hard, they may not appreciate it in the moment, but allowing God to work through you can make all the difference.

I truly want to challenge you to consider if foster care is for you. Pray about it, talk to God about it and follow His leading. Foster kids have done nothing wrong, most of the time they were stuck in bad situations due to their parents actions. You can be the difference in their life and the only glimpse of God and His love that they may ever see in their life. Is this part of God’s plan for you? Pray and trust Him with your life and His plans for you, whatever they may be.

As always, feel free to comment below and have a blessed day!

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