When you step up to be a foster parent, you’re making that commitment that you’re the one that’s going to be there when they have nightmares in the middle of the night. You’re the one that’s going to be there to rush them to the emergency room when they have an accident or injury. You’re the one that’s going to be there to calm them when their world’s turning upside down. You’re the one that minor emergency knows by name, because your kids are the most accident prone. They’re the ones that get sick first, get infections first. They’re the ones that you wear your heart on your sleeve for. Because you realize and they realize that they have no one else to depend on so you push yourself a little harder to be the parent that they deserve you to be…Because it’s your calling! One that pushes you farther and deeper than you’ve ever been before! You’re not doing it for yourself. You’re doing it for them, and the Kingdom of God. Because you’re a dedicated follower of Jesus Christ, and because no matter how crazy your life gets, you wouldn’t have it any other way!
Moses was also very aggravated. 11 And Moses said to the Lord, “Why are you treating me, your servant, so harshly? Have mercy on me! What did I do to deserve the burden of all these people? 12 Did I give birth to them? Did I bring them into the world? Why did you tell me to carry them in my arms like a mother carries a nursing baby? How can I carry them to the land you swore to give their ancestors?
This really spoke to my heart today! How many times do we feel like we're carrying the heavy burden of others?
I have to admit that I've asked myself some of these same questions being a foster parent. Sometimes I feel upset that their own parents didn't step up and be the parents they should have been. But, yet at times I feel so blessed that they came into my life for a season.
I also realize that God doesn't call everyone. He calls the select few. The ones that He knows can meet the calling!
When Moses asked God for help and said, I did not give birth to these people why is all this weight on me.
God sent him help!
Number 11: 24
24 So Moses went out and reported the Lord’s words to the people. He gathered the seventy elders and stationed them around the Tabernacle. 25 And the Lord came down in the cloud and spoke to Moses. Then he gave the seventy elders the same Spirit that was upon Moses. And when the Spirit rested upon them, they prophesied. But this never happened again.
Psalms 139: 14
I praise you because I am fearfully and wonderfully made; your works are wonderful, I know that full well. 15 My frame was not hidden from you when I was made in the secret place, when I was woven together in the depths of the earth. 16 Your eyes saw my unformed body; all the days ordained for me were written in your book before one of them came to be. 17 How precious to me are your thoughts, God! How vast is the sum of them!
Psalms 51: 12
Restore to me the joy of your salvation,and make me willing to obey you.13Then I will teach your ways to rebels,and they will return to you.
Molding girls to become young brides for Christ isn’t an easy job. Sometimes we have to redirect them as many as 30 plus times a day. These girls haven’t been taught what most parents have taken the time to teach their kids. Above all, they were never taught social boundaries or knew what a social boundary was. They’re not sure what words are appropriate to say and when. I remember one time hearing a three year-old girl say. “Will you pass the blank potatoes?” She was using the Lord's name in vain. Everyone in that room’s mouth dropped. They had no idea that such words could come from a three-year-old child. But she was just repeating what she had heard her dad say. She thought if daddy can say it, I can say it!
Then there was the time that a ten-year-old says loudly at church, "well that sucked."
I hope the Lord forgives me for repeating that word. I tried to make it clean, Lord!
The bottom line, kids repeat what they see and hear. Hopefully and prayerfully, we can reteach them the right way! But, we need help of the community/church as well. Because these kids aren't with us 24/7.
Numbers 11: 17
I will come down and talk to you there. I will take some of the Spirit that is upon you, and I will put the Spirit upon them also. They will bear the burden of the people along with you, so you will not have to carry it alone.
God meant for the community/church to help carry the burden of the lost people.
Job 10: 9
Remember that you molded me like clay. Will you now turn me to dust again?
Jeremiah 18: 6
O house of Israel, cannot I do with you as this potter? saith the Lord. Behold, as the clay is in the potter's hand, so are ye in mine hand, O house of Israel.
Isaiah 44: 13
The carpenter measures with a line and makes an outline with a marker; he roughs it out with chisels and marks it with compasses. He shapes it in human form, human form in all its glory, that it may dwell in a shrine.
Mark 10: 43
But among you it will be different. Whoever wants to be a leader among you must be your servant, 44and whoever wants to be first among you must be the slave of everyone else. 45For even the Son of Man came not to be served but to serve others and to give his life as a ransom for many.”
Leviticus 26: 13 I am the Lord your God, who brought you out of the land of Egypt so you would no longer be their slaves. I broke the yoke of slavery from your neck so you can walk with your heads held high.
You are a daughter of God. When you know what your privileges are it changes your perspective.
You have the power of God inside of you.
3One day some parents brought their children to Jesus so he could touch and bless them. But the disciples scolded the parents for bothering him.
14When Jesus saw what was happening, he was angry with his disciples. He said to them, “Let the children come to me. Don’t stop them! For the Kingdom of God belongs to those who are like these children. 15I tell you the truth, anyone who doesn’t receive the Kingdom of God like a child will never enter it.” 16Then he took the children in his arms and placed his hands on their heads and blessed them.
Revelation 4: 11
You are worthy, our Lord and God, to receive glory and honor and power, for you created all things, and by your will they were created and have their being.”
Saving the Lost Generation
Mark 9: 42
But if you cause one of these little ones who trusts in me to fall into sin, it would be better for you to be thrown into the sea with a large millstone hung around your neck.
If we’re going to work on saving the Lost Generation we have to look past what they have lived and been through, but look at God’s promises for their lives. To deny one of these kids God’s purest love, and compassion is to deny Christ and the Father that sent Him. Jesus didn’t hang out with the Pharisees. Or the keepers of the laws, but, He went to the sinner offering the gift of salvation, the forgiveness of sins. Jesus’ teaching was to teach us to get out of our own comfort zones, and walk where men normally wouldn’t walk, but where God had sent them. Jesus didn’t heal the keepers of the law, but healed those that were unaware of the laws. To deny one of these kids God’s love and acceptance is to deny Christ. Because the message you’re sending is that God doesn’t accept you. You’re not pure enough. You’re a threat to my comfort zone. If you feel this way then you aren’t walking in love, but condemnation…And. If this is so you’re saying Jesus Christ died on that cross in vain, because He can’t save the world…You’re also saying if you were born into sin, you’re condemned to sin. You’re saying that you’re not worth saving.
And you’re not being led by the Holy Spirit.
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