Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1-2
I have discovered there is a lot of worry that can accompany the foster care journey. Our kids come to us with sad and sometimes scary stories. Sometimes they are reunited before we think they are (or their bio family) ready. Sometimes a judge orders contact with a parent that hurt them physically. Sometimes they are exposed to domestic violence. Sometimes– heck, most times– we don’t get much of a say for their safety or well being outside of the walls of our home.
I have also discovered that worrying and fretting doesn’t serve a purpose other than to work me up and stress me out. A wise friend reminds me frequently that fear and faith can’t co-exist. So, the next time you are worried about the safety of your foster child or the uncertainty of their future, turn your worry over to God. I keep a prayer journal and many of its pages are me pouring my heart out to God on behalf of the kids in my care. Trading my worry for faith that He will cover them with His shadow and keep them safe.Will you trade yours today, too?
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