Foster Parent Prayers May 25

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in weakness". Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. II Corinthians 12:9 I don't know about you but there are many days in our foster care journey that I survived solely relying on the power of Christ because I had nothing left to give. God is able to carry the burdens of the foster care system, the brokenness of the bio families, the hurt and the behaviors that result from that hurt from our kids and our lack of patience, endurance and hope. Turn it over to Him. It's okay to recognize you can't do this in your own strength.   … [Read more...]

Foster Parent Prayers May 23

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. Proverbs 10:9 … [Read more...]

Foster Parent Prayers May 18

The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:26 … [Read more...]

Foster Parent Prayers May 17

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:5 Many of the children that enter your care may not have ever been treated with gentleness in words, touch or action. Connection and attachment can be a struggle for kids in foster care. Gentleness, whether it's a gentle touch, a gentle tone of voice or a gentle correction, goes a long way in helping our kids of all ages feel safe and to realize that adults can be trustworthy.     … [Read more...]

Foster Parent Prayers May 16

...and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. Mark 10:8-9 We know that fostering is rewarding and a joy on many days. However, we also know that there are hard days too, a lot of them. Foster parenting is challenging and can be hard on a marriage. It's important to make time for just you and your spouse to reconnect and stay on the same page. Use respite for a weekend getaway. Have a weekly date night at home after the kids go to bed with takeout and a movie. Play a board game together. Go for an evening walk. Check in with each other throughout the day and always be committed to making your marriage a priority. Many of the children that come into care have never witnessed a healthy relationship … [Read more...]

Foster Parent Prayers May 15

God is within her, she will not fall; God will help her at break of day. Psalm 46:5 … [Read more...]

Foster Parent Prayers May 12

Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God. And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus. Philippians 4:6-7 It can feel like there is so much to worry about in the foster care system. And, it is true that there is so much that is out of our control as foster parents. When I don't feel in control of a situation, I tend to worry and fret and engage in every possible worst case scenario in my head. Basically, I drive myself crazy with worry when what I should be doing is taking the situation to the God that is bigger than all my fears, bigger than the foster care system and the One who is in control of the outcome for each and every child … [Read more...]

Foster Parent Prayers May 10

The precepts of the Lord are right, giving joy to the heart. The commands of the Lord are radiant, giving light to their eyes. The fear of the Lord is pure, enduring forever. The decrees of the Lord are firm, and all of them are righteous. They are more precious than gold; they are sweeter than honey, than honey from the honeycomb. Psalm 19:8-10 … [Read more...]

Foster Parent Prayer for May 9

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28   … [Read more...]

Foster Parent Prayer for May 8

It was a long weekend at Casa Smallwood. I wasn't able to post prayers on Saturday or Sunday because I was dealing with a situation with one of my kids. That situation led me to this prayer for today (I had it scheduled for later in the month but I myself need to pray it today).   The Sovereign Lord has given me a well-instructed tongue, to know the word that sustains the weary. He wakens me by morning, wakens my ear to listen like one being instructed. Isaiah 50:4 These kids have seen things they shouldn't have, had things done to them that shouldn't have been done, been exposed to situations their little hearts and minds weren't ready for and had their hearts broken by the people that are supposed to love and protect them. Heartache has one cure and that is the everlasting love … [Read more...]

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