26 Nov A Lesson in Obedience | Our Foster Care Experience
A year ago, my husband and I made the decision to become foster parents. We felt God calling us, and we ended up starting the process within a week of that calling.
We’re definitely still new, but we were called to foster sibling groups. As we’ve been walking in obedience to God by fostering, we’ve learned a lot of lessons about obedience.
We all want to be obedient to God, but there are a lot of misconceptions out there about obedience. Today, I want to tell you about how fostering changed my view on disobedience.
Obedience doesn’t always feel good.
Sometimes, obedience is uncomfortable. There were several nights that I went to bed crying and asking God why He called us to do something that could be so difficult.
We had to make a lot of decisions that hurt. We were also hurt when children we had been fostering were given back to their biological parents. Of course, it’s good for them to be with their parents, but it was hard for us.
We can get in the habit of thinking that obeying God means we are going to feel good. We think that if it doesn’t feel good, we must be outside of God’s will. That simply isn’t true.
It didn’t feel good for Noah to be mocked while he built the ark. It didn’t feel good for Shadrach, Meshach, and Abednego to stand alone when they refused to boy to the statue. Obedience can feel painful.
Obedience isn’t easy.
Obedience is not the easy road.
When we started fostering, many people told us they couldn’t because it would be too difficult. They were right about it being hard, but it’s what we were called to do.
God calls us to do hard things, and then He gives us the strength to do them.
When Elijah poured water on the alter and still asked God to send fire to burn it up, that wasn’t easy. Elijah had to obey, pour the water, and pray. Why did God ask him to pour the water?
During that time, there was a drought in the land. It could have been easy for people to think that the altar caught on fire because everything was so dry and hot. God wanted the people to know that He had sent the fire.
If God called us to do things that were easy, He wouldn’t get any glory. If He called us to do things we could do on our own, no one would see His power in our lives.
Obedience isn’t optional.
To be honest, there were a few times that we second guessed our decision. When we did, we had to remind ourselves that God told us to foster, and we needed to obey.
In fact, we were called separately. When my husband and I started to talk about fostering and realized we’d both already felt called, we knew it was God.
Whenever God tells you to do something, it isn’t optional. We have to trust God, and that means obeying.
Obedience is always worth it.
God’s way is the best way, even when it isn’t easy. We have had a year full of joy and blessing because we obeyed. We have felt God’s favor.
If you read the Bible, you’ll see that God favors those who obey Him
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