Let's be honest here....the process to become foster parents is exhausting! My husband Rodney and I started this process 9 months ago, and the last email from our licensing worker the day after Christmas to check the status of our license was.... “still pending”.
Carbon monoxide detector – check.
Water well tested – check.
Home inspection – check.
3 home study visits – check.
But it is coming closer, and I can't help but think “are we ready?” We have talked with our 3 girls about this and prayed for the child that will come into our home and family. But it's easy to feel fear begin to build in my heart, and the continuous list of “what ifs”.
But when we fear, we forget. We forget that God is with us, in every part of our lives, guiding us, supporting us, sustaining us, leading us down His chosen path. How can we have fear when we have the strength of God behind us and His Holy Spirit within us?
The answer is, we can't.
We need to draw on the strength of God and recall that He is in complete control.
When we give in to fear, we cease to think clearly. We may even give up, overwhelmed by the momentous task before us. Fear can cripple us from doing what we need to do.
The world needs us to be the salt and light.
I have been blessed by reading through the Jesus Calling every day. I would like to share Day 4 with you as if this is Jesus speaking to you:
“I want you to learn a new habit. Try saying, “I trust You, Jesus” in response to whatever happens to you. If there is time, think about who I am in all My Power and Glory; ponder also the depth and breadth of My Love for you.
This simple practice will help you see Me in every situation, acknowledging My sovereign control over the universe. When you view events from this perspective-through the Light of My universal Presence – fear loses its grip on you. Adverse circumstances become growth opportunities when you affirm your trust in Me no matter what. You receive blessings gratefully, realizing they flow directly from My hand of grace. Your continual assertion of trusting Me will strengthen our relationship and keep you close to Me.”
“Behold, the Lord God will come with strong hand, and his arm shall rule for him: behold, his reward is with him, and his work before him. He shall feed his flock like a shepherd: he shall gather the lambs with his arm, and carry them in his bosom, and shall gently lead those that are with young.” Isaiah 40:10-11
And so by God's grace, I'm learning this new habit in 2013, saying “I trust You, Jesus.” When I feel panic creeping in, step back and envelop myself in the calm sense of confidence that comes from knowing that God is in control.
Rodney & Denise have 3 daughters and after attending the Focus on the Family “Wait No More Conference” their eyes were opened to the great needs in the foster care community. They are so thankful to be a part of the TFI family - to share these needs with the body of Christ and to play a role in making a difference for this community.