I’ve been a foster parent for about 10 seconds. But as a single woman turned first-time, full-time caregiver, it feels like an eternity. The 8-year-old boy now living in my house has taken me out of my comfort zone.
I know staying in my comfort zone is a stumbling block for a deeper experience of God and life and relationship. But, I have lots of moments when I want to crawl back into the security of last-minute girls’ weekends, late nights working at the office and impromptu dinners out.
Even when I miss the way it used to be, I’ll keep trying to step into more and more moments with sweaty palms and a knot in my stomach—fighting for this child to know he’s valued and loved. Hopefully, along the way, we’ll both end up with a deeper sense of the kind of freedom God offers—the kind of freedom that invites us to love and to serve.
This message is an excerpt from a Women of the ELCA blog by Amy White.
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