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 Day 5

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 When I was an adolescent in foster care, I remember thinking that God had abandoned me. That if He loved me and cared for me like I had heard He did, I wouldn't be in foster care, separated from my brothers and feeling utterly alone. I gave up on God for several years and it took several more years after He found me again to understand and accept that He had not abandoned me to my circumstances but rather was there with me all along. Many of the foster children that have entered our home have done so feeling a similar way toward God that I did all those years ago. "Some help God is" or "I don't want anything to do with a God that would … [Read more...]

Foster Parent Prayers Day 3

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 … [Read more...]

Taming the Temper

I am into round 2 of raising up littles. My four are grown (24, 22, 19 and 18) and we currently have a 10 year old foster daughter and 5 yr old and 2 yr old grandkiddos under our roof. In a lot of ways, I am WAY more laid back and relaxed this go round. But, I have to admit that, more often than I would like, my temper gets the best of me and I react instead of respond to these crazy kids. I could make excuses for that (the sheer amount of words the 5 year old uses in a given day is enough to drive anyone to lose their ever lovin' mind, I promise you) but I don't want to. I want to change it. I don't want to wound them with my tone and my words. I want to pour love into them in every interaction. And, God laid on my heart to work on this very thing this Lenten season. Negativity, … [Read more...]

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