The most common asked question in our foster to adopt journey is, “How do you do it?”, followed up with, “I could never do what you guys do.” To which I promptly respond, “Jesus”. It isn’t us, it is Jesus who says “yes”. It is Jesus who is our strength. It is Jesus who is our joy. It is Jesus who breaks our hearts for what breaks His. It is Jesus who sustains us. He is faithful. He is good. He sees the big picture. It is He whose ways are higher than ours. His plan is so much better than anything we could have ever thought up. It’s Jesus.
I would be lying if I said that it didn’t hurt. I would be lying if I said that it is always convenient. I would be lying if I said that I wasn’t scared. I would be lying if I said that I never have break downs and want to stay in bed and cry for a day or even two.
I’m not lying when I say that God heals. I’m not lying when I say that God carries me through the fears. I’m not lying when I say that Jesus holds me and pours His peace over me when anxiety starts taking over. I’m not lying when I say God is my hope and my strength.
It is definitely not by our own strength that we are building a relationship with our foster daughter’s birth mom and birth siblings. It is by the strength of God and Him alone. We love Molly like our own. The minute we said yes to the placement of her in our home, we committed to being all in. She deserves it. We have learned a few things since our experience with Bella and one of the main lessons that we have learned is that we want this transition to be as smooth as possible for little Molly. We are all she knows. When she moves in with her mom, everything changes. It is a completely new environment with completely new people. The other big reason that we are investing in the relationship with her mom is because the time is coming soon when Molly will no longer be our responsibility, but we are hoping that we can build a loving relationship with her mom so that she can see that we love her and Molly and that we can be trusted. God is a great multi tasker. He is always up to awesome and crazy goodness that are so beyond what we could ever imagine! He is so in love with Molly’s mom and if we can be used to show her His love for her, than how amazing is that?
Life is so short, friends. So short. God wants to use us in ways that will blow our minds. But, we have to be willing to say, “yes.” Even when its scary. Even when it doesn’t make sense. Even when we feel ill-equipped. Even when we think someone else can do it better. A willing heart is all that He is looking for.
What is it that you are too scared to do? What is it that you are too scared to say? Is God calling you to move? Quit your job? Start a company? Become a foster parent? Adopt? End a toxic relationship?
Step out. One step at a time, before you know it, you will be running on the water, not just walking. What God does with a willing heart is miraculous. Don’t miss out on the miracles. Don’t miss out on the blessings. There is no better or richer life, than one of a reckless abandonment for Jesus.
Let’s do this…It’s time to take your first step!