HIS ways. They are always better than mine!

The fear of falling in love with a child and then losing him/her is a real one. 
Today, 750 children will enter foster care with the hopes that someone faces that fear head on and loves them in spite of it. - Johnston Moore

This quote hit me hard.
The Lord continues to increase our desire to engage in foster care while continuing to ask us - to wait.
We know the "why" of the waiting and we are obeying His orders (admittedly, with impatience at times), but we are also working hard to get ourselves ready for the day when He says, "NOW! It's time! Let's GO!" Oh, friends! What a day that will be!

We knew when we surrendered our family to foster care/adoption the ride would be anything but smooth and simple. Orphan care is a spiritual battle, and the enemy never sends his weakest warriors to fight. We have not even filled out an application yet, and already he is trying to discourage us.
I will confess that he has accomplished his goal more than once. We take three steps forward and he knocks us back two. BUT GOD. Every time the enemy takes a swipe at us, the Lord delivers a counter-attack and sends him scurrying back into the hole where he belongs.

I am grateful and embarrassed when witnessing such a scene because I am reminded of how small my faith really is. Why do I care about the tactics of the enemy? Why do I think he could possibly win? If God has called the Eastman family to take in children through foster care and/or adoption, n o t h i n g will keep His will from being accomplished! Including my own weakness.
Trust in the Lord with all your heart, and do not lean on your own understanding.
In all your ways acknowledge Him, and He will make straight your paths. Proverbs 3:5, 6

Forget your own ways, Michelle! Acknowledge the Lord. Let HIM direct. If you do, you will always be going in the right direction.

I love that Scripture makes everything so clear. No confusion. No questions.
Be still and KNOW - that I am God. Psalm 46:10
He is God. I am not. My only choice is to surrender. And trust.

So, I do.
And, I will.
Over and over again until I stop trying to do things my way, and let the Lord do things HIS way.
Because His ways are always best.

This God—His way is perfect; the word of the Lord proves true;
He is a shield for all those who take refuge in Him. Psalm 18:30

For My thoughts are not your thoughts, neither are your ways My ways, declares the Lord.
For as the heavens are higher than the earth, so are My ways higher than your ways
and My thoughts than your thoughts. Isaiah 55:8, 9

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