Needed: Brave Foster Parents

a father and daughter hold hands while both wear superhero capesNew York Times Bestselling author Jon Acuff posted this on Facebook:

“Want to know the truth about bravery?

When we think about bravery and courage, we often imagine those moments from movies.

A hero is up against impossible odds. It’s difficult but he leans into the challenge and survives! His girl, who is probably the brunette tomboy he ignored for the hot blonde all too long, will kiss him as the credits play.

Yay, bravery!

Bravery is grimaces and grinding it out and wiping sweat off your brow as you save the day!

Here’s the truth about bravery:

Bravery makes you want to throw up.

Bravery makes you cry. A lot.

Bravery makes you lose sleep.

Bravery makes you lose weight or gain lots of stress pounds.

Bravery is ugly and messy and not at all heroic looking when it’s really happening.

It’s hard.

Next time you feel like a coward because you’re about to make a difficult decision and you feel like throwing up, don’t beat yourself up. Next time you feel afraid and don’t want to keep going, don’t give up.

Bravery is a choice, not a feeling.

Choose it.”

Foster Parenting Takes Bravery

What does this have to do with foster care? This is all about foster care.

The kids in foster care are the bravest, most courageous, amazing examples of God’s love. The joy they live with after the traumas they’ve endured is unbelievable. To just meet these kids, you may never be able to tell that they have experienced abuse or neglect. You’d never know all they’ve been through.

But we do. Foster parents experience the sleepless nights, the tears, the doubts and the fears that our children suffer on their path to bravery.

Foster parents are brave people too. We cry. It makes you sick to hear kids recount the horrible things they’ve seen. We’re exhausted. I’ve gained stress pounds. Foster care is an ugly, messy, nasty thing. It feels anything but heroic, but it is.

Becoming a foster parent is a brave, courageous, and heroic choice. Foster parents are heroes to the boys and girls they welcome into their home. Lots of people say that they could never do what we do. Honestly, we can’t do what we do either, but God can.

1 Corinthians 10:13 tell us, All you need to remember is that God will never let you down; he’ll never let you be pushed past your limit; he’ll always be there to help you come through it.

It’s easy to feel like you’ve been pushed past your limit. It’s easy to feel like God is giving you more than you can handle. Be brave.

Are You Ready to be a Hero?

Please call 864-938-2100 or complete the form below to let us know how we can help you on your foster care journey.

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