Advocacy, Advocate WednesdaysJan. 29, 2014

Advocate Wednesdays: Have You Put God in a Box?

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Does God ever jump out of the box that you put Him in?  That has happened to me specifically over and over again.

“God…I can’t do this”

“This is too hard”

“I can’t handle ________”

“There is no way I could ever do that”

“I’ll do this IF it’s exactly like this”

Then God breaks out of the box I have put Him in and does His thing. …saying 

“No, you can’t do this. Alone. but you can with Me.”

“No..you can’t handle that. On your own. But you can with Me.”

“Yes, there is a way you could do that. If I called you to it”

“Trust me, you don’t want it your way. You would miss the blessings I have for you along the way”

I will admit some of those times have been the hardest in my life. I have hurt more than I have ever thought possible. I have cried for justice for those that I love. I have been mad and furious at times and things that are unfair.  But… I would not ever trade these experiences for a “easier” life.

Why?

I have learned so much about God and myself.

I have learned how to love and be loved. I have learned true compassion and grace.

I have learned what wounds can do to a soul and how healing and redemption transforms.

I have seen miracles happen in hearts and lives.

I have learned what God can do when I stop trying to control my life and just follow Him.

I would like to ask everyone who is reading this to ask yourself what box have you put God in? Could there be something He is asking you to do that is outside the parameters you have set for Him and for yourself?

Could it be foster care?

Being open to an older child in your home?

Mentoring and loving on some vulnerable youth?

Working with a biological family to help them learn what family and love is?

Adopting a child that needs a family and love?

Opening yourself up to joining in TFI’s mission to love and care for those hurting in our own communities?

(TFI Augusta County needs people on our team right now to help with some of our initiatives! Email tfi.augusta@gmail.com on how you can get involved!)

Jen Eccles

Jen Eccles

Jen and Eric of Waynesboro VA. We are a crazy God loving family of 8. I am a Pediatric ICU nurse and love caring for children. My husband is a Fire Fighter. We have 6 children three girls and three boys. I have felt the call to be foster and adoptive parent since a young age. We have fostered for the past 4 years and have adoptive two beautiful children. I truly believe fostering is Living into the Gospel. It is a messy and beautiful journey of Redemption and Love. Helping Bio moms find there true potential and cheerleading them on, and loving children who are broken from their parents sins. It's a Love that gives and not always receives.

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