The Lord put this on my heart, today. I feel that someone can benefit from this post. Sometimes, we go through trials that test our faith. Other times, we feel overwhelmed with loss, grief, or despair. Perhaps, Mother’s Day is a time in which you struggle, because you lost your mom or a child. Maybe you are waiting to start a family, and feel that nothing is going your way. Or, maybe you do have what you thought you always wanted, and you’re still dealing with grief.
I’m writing this post to remind you, that no matter what you lose (or have lost) and no matter what you are longing for, there is something that can and will always be yours, no matter what your circumstances look like! Your Faith. Your Hope. Your Joy. (Ok, that’s a few things.)
Faith. Hope. Joy
By the way, I know what loss feels like. And, despair. I’ve had others try to steal my joy or hold me back. I’ve felt overwhelmed and tempted to lose my faith. But, that’s the thing about faith. No matter what we have in our lives or what we lose, our faith can get us through. We can hope for God’s faithfulness to unfold. With a joy that goes beyond understanding!
These things can never be taken away.
I think the greatest life lesson and most influential spiritual journey occurred when I left the workplace due to my health. I was frustrated because I had so much to offer and I had so many wonderful relationships. (I’ve maintained these relationships and thank God for such blessings.) But, I knew that God had a different calling for me.
I find it no coincidence that I did not get pregnant, during that time. I know that God was calling me to foster children, because a stay-at-home foster mommy is such a benefit to some of these babies. (God knew what He was doing!) There is such a need to love children and give them a home and a place of security. (Love is another thing that cannot be taken away from you.)
But, even after loving a child for two years, selflessly, I had my share of pain. I experienced heartbreak, again, even after doing what I know God called me to do.
Having faith doesn’t mean your life will be easy. But, God will help you to move forward.
As it turns out, fostering children has been the hardest thing I’ve ever done, because sometimes it seems like an oxymoron. Love these babies. Treat them like you would your own child. AND, Why are you loving these babies so much? Why are you treating them like your child? It’s almost like you can’t win, either way. Thus, why fostering is not for everyone. You really need to have a big heart and for me, my faith gives me the hope and joy I experience. NO MATTER WHAT!
When I think of how I’ve helped some babies get through such extraordinary circumstances, I believe it is worth it. Even having a husband that wants to foster over having our own children, is such a blessing. How many men would love that much to take in someone else’s child, over his own? Again, God knew what He was doing.
Sometimes, the enemy wants to discourage us and stop us from having faith, hope, and joy. Especially if you are doing good in this world! Such as loving God’s children or doing some other type of selfless ministry.
The foster journey did not come with peaches and rainbows. Scott and I have experienced the highs and the lows. But, even when things were at the lowest point, our marriage grew stronger than ever. We also learned to appreciate and have joy in our lives no matter what our circumstances dictate! (Whether we have a FULL home or an EMPTY calendar, to do whatever WE want.) In other words, we made the choice to live extraordinary. No matter what our circumstances dictate. No matter who or what is trying to rob us of our faith, hope, and joy!
I can’t help but to thank God.
I don’t know what you may be going through, today. I don’t know if you’re dealing with loss, grief, or despair. I do know that God loves you and sees everything. From the desires to the motives in your heart. I also know that He has a unique plan just for you. And, guess what? NOBODY can take that from you. So, don’t give up doing good. Don’t give up on your faith. Don’t lose hope. Don’t let anyone steal your joy!
Life is short and our eternal reward is worth the wait. Whomever God brings into my life, I’ll love with the heart that He gave me. I want you to keep loving, no matter what, as well!
I leave you with a few promises that I hope bless you, today.
“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
So faith comes from hearing, and hearing through the word of Christ. Romans 10:17
Rejoice in hope, be patient in tribulation, be constant in prayer. Romans 12:2
So also you have sorrow now, but I will see you again, and your hearts will rejoice, and no one will take your joy from you. John 16:22
Count it all joy, my brothers, when you meet trials of various kinds, for you know that the testing of your faith produces steadfastness. And let steadfastness have its full effect, that you may be perfect and complete, lacking in nothing. James 1:2-4
These things I have spoken to you, that my joy may be in you, and that your joy may be full. John 15:11
You have put more joy in my heart than they have when their grain and wine abound. Psalm 4:7
And whatever you ask in prayer, you will receive, if you have faith. Matthew 21:22PS The outfit I wore, in these photos is from last season, aside from the cardigan. But, I am including similar looks, below. : )
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