One of the biggest challenges we face is……

Ray just working his distraction skills with a Aaron while they wait for a doctor’s appointment!

As foster/adoptive parents we spend a lot of time waiting for God…..and therapists ….and DCS….and court…well we spend a lot of time waiting and today I found a great saying,”if God has you waiting be like a waitress and spend your time serving”.

WOW, this really got me thinking, well how can I serve while I am sitting waiting for a visit or waiting for the therapist to arrive? Often we are in prime locations to pray for those around us who are truly in a place of need! Think about it…… we are blessed (and yes I do mean blessed) to walk amongst the broken hearted, the weary, and the lost.

We have heard and read of Jesus ministering to prostitutes, widows, orphans, the outcasts and we walk amongst them each and everyday in every stop we make for our children! Just think of how your life would have been affected if Jesus in the flesh ministered to you, met your needs, calmed your fears! CAN YOU EVEN IMAGINE?????

We are uniquely placed to be able to reach out to the lost, lonely, and hurting, we are in a place that we can go before God on their behalf even if we don’t know all the details. Just think of the impact we can make on the lives of those individuals that are in need and eventually that will make a huge impact on our community!

Often times we are faced with this struggle of the behaviors our children exhibit and it feels as though we are fully consumed by these behaviors and choices, however it is really isolating and often times we have to look through many layers of emotions and choices before our service to God is truly seen. Personally our kiddos struggle with their feelings around clinics and therapist, because if we are honest it is a place were they have struggled to be a part of their family and often times watched it be yanked away from them leaving them lost and full of emotions that they are struggling to handle. I typically spend my time at the clinics working to keep my child safe; safe from their emotions, safe from self harming (it is shocking what they can do with a finger nail), and above all distracted from their demoralizing thoughts.

Aaron was so young and so petrified as going to the doctor was a first time in his life. Distraction was an absolute to keep his focus off the stress he was experiencing!

I guess my point to this post is if you find yourself waiting then be the server, however if you feel as though everything you do is not pointing to God, remember that we weren’t called into the average mission field with dirt, fixing empty buildings, or making meals for families that are going through a tough season. We need to remember that often times our calling and lives are very messy and need to make a difference in ways that many will never understand nor appreciate!

Remember Jason Gray’s song, “With Every Act of Love,”

“God put a million, million doors in the world
For His love to walk through
One of those doors is you
I said, God put a million, million doors in the world
For His love to walk through
One of those doors is you

We bring the kingdom come
(Oh oh oh-oh oh oh oh)
With every act of love
Jesus, help us carry You
Alive in us, Your light shines through
With every act of love
We bring the kingdom”

Published by Misty

Mom of 8 AMAZING children, wife to a saint, retired nurse, and now a blogger!

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