My friend’s sister named Kim has an amazing facebook page called His Hands His Feet Today. Kim and her husband have adopted a total of fourteen children (two are in heaven). Her facebook page is updated daily and it is full of encouragement, photos, stories, inspiring quotes, Bible verses, and information on adoption.
Kim challenged others to have every Wednesday in 2014 a day to fast and pray for our children. You don’t have to fast from food–just pick one thing–carbs, snacks, pop, coffee, the TV, Facebook etc. Kim shares:
If you’ve never fasted before, try just fasting 1 meal. Or snacks. Or coffee/pop. Or facebook. Or carbs. Whatever … just submit yourself of the Lord. Die to yourself/flesh. And let’s build up some spiritual muscles for what lies ahead this year! You’ll be amazed at how badly you’ll want “that thing” (you are fasting) tomorrow. Our flesh can be so strong.
I chose Facebook because I am for better or for worse (probably mostly worse) on Facebook a lot. Sometimes for legitimate reasons and communication…but nothing that can’t wait another day. Facebook is a big distraction for me which is why I have been keeping the computer off a lot weekday mornings and early afternoons. This past Wednesday I subconsciously kept inching my way towards checking Facebook, but stopped myself and prayed for my kids instead.
On New Years Eve I was sitting in church with all three of my children. People in the congregation were reflecting on the year. Earlier that evening, I had been thinking about how we had hoped to have foster children by the holidays 2013 and how God led us away from this. It is still hard for me. I think about foster care every single day. During the service as one woman was sharing a testimony about her daughter I looked at my own three sitting together. I felt like God was saying to me–“These are YOUR kids. These three I have given you. Love them. Teach them. Help them grow to know ME more.”
I am not saying we should put all our focus on our bio kids and forget about the orphans, foster children, children in need of mentors, etc. I think many of us can stretch outside of ourselves and love on these children at risk and in great need. But we have to do what God has asked us to do and WHEN He asks it of us. For some reason I think God is growing us all so we can become a foster family in the future or else something similar. Our hearts are willing and we continue to listen to His wisdom and guidance.
Feel free to join me on Wednesdays as we lift our children in prayer.