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My Weakness

II Corinthians 12:9–And he said unto me, My grace is sufficient for thee; for my strength is made perfect in weakness. Most gladly therefore will I rather glory in my infirmities, that the power of Christ may rest upon me.

I am a very independent, headstrong, strong-willed person. And it has gained me a lot of ground in my life. Valedictorian. Swim team captain. A job of some sort steadily since I was fifteen. Marriage with land and house purchase at twenty-one. College graduate with honors. Three healthy biological kids before thirty. Foster parent for three years. Adoption of two kids. Full-time at-home medical transcription job through all the kids (until two years ago). And now, a writing career that is the first truly fulfilling career I’ve had (not counting marriage and kids). You get the point. It isn’t easy for me to be weak. I don’t like to feel out-of-control. I don’t like to fail. And most of the time, that’s a good thing.

Sometimes, though, it gets me in trouble. I know God is far more powerful than I can even imagine. Yet, I take on the weight of my world and try to go at it all alone. Usually this lasts for a time then implodes around me, with my body, mind, spirit, and emotions completely exhausted.

It is okay to admit that I am not as strong as God and let Him take over. If I did it from the beginning of my struggles, they would go much more smoothly, I know. He wants me to rely on Him. To trust Him. To let Him lead.  I would like to do better with this, so I’ll be praying that I allow myself to be weak in His presence so that He might be a stronger presence in my life. Do you? I’d love to hear your comments below.

I want to allow myself to be weak with God so He might be a stronger presence in my life. #prayer @Sfoust25 -Tweet that!

(Photo taken by me in Hot Springs, NC)


Different Pathway

Ephesians 1:5–Having predestinated us unto the adoption of children by Jesus Christ himself, according to the good pleasure of his will,

Adoption is a bit of a different pathway to welcoming a child into your home, but one that is every bit as directed by God as giving birth to a baby. I truly believe that each child born is molded by God in the womb, and that each is hand-picked for a certain set of parents. My biological children are sent to me straight from Heaven. My adopted children were made for me also. Their journey to arriving at my doorstep was just a bit more winding. They, too, were made for me and I am blessed that they did finally find their way home. I am thankful to their biological parents for bringing them into this world and being the channel through which we received them.

Adopting a child from foster care is filled with unique challenges. It’s not always glamorous or easy, but it is rewarding, and the need in this country alone is astounding. (over 415,000 children in foster care in September 2014 according to AFCARS report with over 100,000 waiting to be adopted at that time). People don’t always understand, but the ones who do are a never-ending support staff. Being an adoptive parent is a calling that must be entered into with sincerity, dedication, and resolve, and I am thankful God chose us. What a beautiful gift to give a child. But, more than that, what a beautiful gift they have given us!