Our family has a unique opportunity. We have two weeks to prepare our home and ourselves for a foster child. Often, there is barely any notice or information, and maybe a few hours to wrap your head and heart around the situation before a foster child joins your family. I’m thankful for this gift of unusual advance notice.
In high school, I loved playing basketball and I can (vaguely) remember the mental preparation that I would go through to psych myself up before each game. Focus, thinking through different defensive and offensive scenarios, fueling my body for the game (with junk food… cause you can do that when you’re 15) trying to relax and remain confident, and remembering our team plays. If I would do at least some of that, then I had a lot more success during the game.
My pre-game routine is a really good picture of my life right now. Mentally, spiritually, physically, and emotionally, I am trying to get myself into a place where I have the best chance for success. I can’t be prepared for everything, but I want my soul to be ready.
I want to be ready for Jesus to work miracles in our lives.
I want to be ready to choose faith over fear.
I want to be ready to trust Jesus as our Provider and Help.
I want to be ready to take His courage and strength for my weakness.
I want to live like this every. single. day. Ready for Jesus to show up in my life. Prepared for the opportunities and challenges that God handpicks for me and my family. We don’t need advance notice for that. We need a new perspective. Recognition that every day God is giving us gifts to steward, like this child that we’ll soon welcome.
I’m challenging myself and you to get yourself in game-mode. Spend some time today readying your soul for what Jesus wants to bring your way. Push out the fear, and make room in your soul for faith.
“Enlarge the place of your tent; stretch out the curtains of your dwellings, spare not; lengthen your cords and strengthen your pegs…. For your husband is your Maker, whose name is the LORD of hosts; and your Redeemer is the Holy One of Israel, who is called the God of all the earth.” Isaiah 54:2, 5.
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After having two biological children, Melisha and her husband Ryan, began the domestic adoption process and through this experience, God moved them to also pursue foster parenting. They serve full time in campus and family ministry through GraceLife Church. As a homeschooling mom, Melisha’s motto is “Make disciples!” She is excited to do this in her family and in every opportunity God gives her.
“The Forgotten Initiative will be a great place to come alongside people in their journey with Jesus and lead them closer to Him.”