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How did I forget that part?

 
I know that there’s a grander plan. I know that the Lord knows what He’s doing and by serving as I’m called, I’m working toward that greater good….


SuperDad and I have been half-heartedly “church shopping” off and on for about… 7 years.

 
I know, I know.
The point here is that I finally got back into church this morning. The church was one that we had attended several months ago, and meant to check out again, but just never got around to it. I won’t get into the too-many-for-coincidence factors that led to my butt landing in the pew, but there were several.
One of the “nudges” I got was an email blast from the lead pastor. I don’t even know how he got my email address, but I thank God that he did.

“God is good and in control.” It sounds wonderful and it makes a great bumper sticker – but do we really believe it? How can a good God, infinite in power, love, and grace, coexist in a world of intense hurt and pain? Where is God’s goodness when cancer, divorce, death, and war rage against us? How can God possibly be in control when life often feels very much out of control?

God wants you to trust in Him during the most tumultuous seasons of doubt in your life. Join us this week to discover how you can live with the type of faith that can overcome the toughest storms of doubt.

When I received this email Thursday, I was like “okay, I got it! I’ll be there!” I had already adjusted our weekend plans so that I could be in church this morning. This email was the thing that kept my butt in the pew when I considered leaving early. Again, I thank God that I stayed until the end.
When the pastor was talking about not letting doubt color your perception of what God does or how much He cares, I was in complete agreement – and I felt like I had discovered the reason I needed to hear that message this morning – to remind myself that I have learned to walk by faith.
One of these days (probably sooner rather than later, but not today), I’ll post about all the reasons I’m grateful for my infertility.  Surviving infertility taught me a lot. One of the best things that I learned is how to walk by faith.
What do I mean by that? For me, it means that not only do I truly believe -in my core- that there is a bigger picture that I can’t see, but I also believe that even if I never get to know why, or to see the bigger picture, that picture is more glorious than anything I can imagine. And I’m okay with the fact that I may never understand.
Let me say that again: I may never know why, and that’s okay. Because I don’t have to understand to believe. That’s what infertility taught me. (Also, never pray for patience. Because God won’t just give it to you, He’ll teach it to you. And the lesson is painful.)
So I was really feeling like, “ok, this is why I needed to be here today, to remind myself that I’ve already learned this lesson.” Then the pastor hit me with Romans 8:28 – “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.”
Wait, what? 
 
I’ve taken solace in knowing that I’m working toward a higher plan – that I’ve been called to foster and every tear, every frustration, every kick in the teeth, is for the greater good, the grander plan, the higher purpose. But I forgot that it’s all working together for MY good. Or maybe I just completely blew past that part. Yes, fostering contributes to the greater good, but I’m not just a little greater-good worker bee, the storms I’m navigating are working together for MY good.
 
So that’s kinda cool. I mean, I was okay with just working toward the grander plan – doing my part, asking God to use me… But to be reminded that all of this is FOR ME. How did I forget that part? 
 
 
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Prayer Requests

If this is your first visit, each week I am hosting a Prayer Request list here and on facebook.  Whether you are a new or regular reader, please add your prayer request here in the comments, or comment on the facebook post. I do my best to keep both locations updated with all requests.

You can see my daily “foster mom’s prayer” here.

My list is shorter than usual this week:

  • Please pray for all of my Ducklings – that the Lord will hold them in His hands & guide all who are charged with their care.
  • Please continue to lift up those of us called to foster, that our hearts be comforted and our compassion renewed.
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” ~Romans 15:13

Anonymous request:

I am fostering a 2 month old boy who was physically abused. He has terrible colic and needs so much prayer. Thank you.

From Holly:
I am a foster mom of 6 wonderful kiddos. Found out this past week that the last 2 of my 3 sets of kids will most likely being going up for adoption before Christmas. Pray that God prepares their hearts for this change as we cannot adopt all of them for many reasons. One being to do that without forever keeping them from the rest of their siblings would mean adopting 12 kids.

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Prayer Requests

If this is your first visit, each week I am hosting a Prayer Request list here and on facebook.  Whether you are a new or regular reader, please add your prayer request here in the comments, or comment on the facebook post. I do my best to keep both locations updated with all requests.

You can see my daily “foster mom’s prayer” here.

My list is shorter than usual this week:

  • Please pray for all of my Ducklings – that the Lord will hold them in His hands & guide all who are charged with their care.
  • Please continue to lift up those of us called to foster, that our hearts be comforted and our compassion renewed.
“Now may the God of hope fill you with all joy and peace in believing, that you may abound in hope by the power of the Holy Spirit.” ~Romans 15:13

Anonymous request:

I am fostering a 2 month old boy who was physically abused. He has terrible colic and needs so much prayer. Thank you.

From Holly:
I am a foster mom of 6 wonderful kiddos. Found out this past week that the last 2 of my 3 sets of kids will most likely being going up for adoption before Christmas. Pray that God prepares their hearts for this change as we cannot adopt all of them for many reasons. One being to do that without forever keeping them from the rest of their siblings would mean adopting 12 kids.

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Prayer Requests

Here is the new weekly(ish) prayer request list. If you’re just now joining us, each week I am creating a new post here and on facebook.  Please add your prayer request either here in the comments, or comment on the facebook post. I’m going to do my best to keep both locations updated with all requests.

You can see my daily “foster mom’s prayer” here.

My request:

  • Please keep Lady Bug in your prayers as her reunification is completed this Saturday. Pray that she doesn’t feel abandoned and that she manages to forget she was ever in foster care.
  • Please also pray that Squish & Squirm handle the final transition as well as we expect.
  • Please pray that the Lord’s will for both Squish & Squirm be revealed to us – ideally sooner rather than later. And pray that we have the tools and grace to see that His will is done.
  • Please pray for my new foster mama friend who just learned that her babies will be leaving right before Christmas.
  • As always, please continue to pray for foster parents everywhere.
“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

From Angela on facebook:

please add those Federal employees who sit home on furlough wondering if/when they will be able to go back to work and earn their salaries. I’m a foster mom, but I’m also a Federal employee and the only one working outside the home at our house.

Prayer Requests

Here is the new weekly(ish) prayer request list. If you’re just now joining us, each week I am creating a new post here and on facebook.  Please add your prayer request either here in the comments, or comment on the facebook post. I’m going to do my best to keep both locations updated with all requests.

You can see my daily “foster mom’s prayer” here.

My request:

  • Please keep Lady Bug in your prayers as her reunification is completed this Saturday. Pray that she doesn’t feel abandoned and that she manages to forget she was ever in foster care.
  • Please also pray that Squish & Squirm handle the final transition as well as we expect.
  • Please pray that the Lord’s will for both Squish & Squirm be revealed to us – ideally sooner rather than later. And pray that we have the tools and grace to see that His will is done.
  • Please pray for my new foster mama friend who just learned that her babies will be leaving right before Christmas.
  • As always, please continue to pray for foster parents everywhere.
“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

From Angela on facebook:

please add those Federal employees who sit home on furlough wondering if/when they will be able to go back to work and earn their salaries. I’m a foster mom, but I’m also a Federal employee and the only one working outside the home at our house.