Guarding Your Heart
Have not I commanded thee? Be strong and of a good courage; be not afraid, neither be thou dismayed: for the Lord thy God is with thee whithersoever thou goest.
1 Peter 5:7
Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you.
And in the morning, rising up a great while before day, he went out, and departed into a solitary place, and there prayed.
Consider the need to relentlessly pray for your foster children, and, more specifically, to guard their hearts. It is quite possible that their hearts have not been guarded as carefully as their Heavenly Father desires, and you have answered the call to stand in the gap for these kids. That is sweet and amazing, and I encourage you to breathe in your Heavenly Father’s grace and love. These children are precious to Him and so are you.
With fostering, there are hard things to consider and endure, but the love of Christ will get you through it. There will be moments, days, or even seasons that are challenging, and these periods will quite possibly be more challenging than the average family may endure. Firstly, I want to encourage you that you are specifically gifted and supernaturally equipped to handle anything that comes your way, for God is with you wherever you go and with whatever you encounter. He will see you through.
Know that as you parent these children, you are going to face some level of spiritual opposition, and you will have to guard your own heart as well. These boundaries are a way of loving your children, and these boundaries are good. Rely on your Heavenly Father to give you discernment in this. Even Jesus knew that there were times on this earth when he had to get away and just spend time with the Father. Follow His example, and when the circumstances surrounding your specific foster situation become overwhelming, remove yourself for a time of prayer and reflection.
Ask God to guard your heart, to present you with opportunities to choose joy, and to sustain you by His faithfulness. Pray for the difficult season or time of growth to pass quickly, for He knows your heart. He knows it well because he chose your heart to love the little lives that will call you mom or dad for a season, and that is a beautiful thing.
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