Encouragement, Foster Parenting, Make a Difference MondaysAug. 22, 2015

Make a Difference Monday: Life an Ever Flowing Spring

Feed the hungry, and help those in trouble.
Then your light will shine out from the darkness,
and the darkness around you will be as bright as noon.
The Lord will guide you continually,
Giving you water when you are dry
And restoring your strength.
You will be like a well-watered garden,
Like an ever flowing spring.
Some of you will rebuild the deserted ruins of your cities.
Then you will be known as a rebuilder of walls
and a restorer of homes.
Isaiah 58:10-12.

This is part of the chapter I read daily in 2013. I want these verses painted on canvas, or the wall I don’t care, somewhere in my house. Maybe right beside my front door, so I can read them over and over.

They sang “Place of Worship” at church this morning- the song I sang over Cheeks during those hard first few weeks. I could not breathe. How am I going to do this over and over again? How can I watch my family do it for years? How will we make it when a child stays a year, 2 years?

Give me the strength to say goodbye again and again and again.

And I kept hearing….like a well watered garden, like an ever flowing spring

Cheeks moved out of state with her daddy Friday. Her grandmother sent me a picture of her all ready for church this morning.


I think I just found my short answer to the question, “But don’t you get attached?”

“Yes, but I live in the promises of God.” Maybe I’ll throw in, “check out Isaiah 58.”

Mandy SniderMandy Snider

Mandy Snider is a Christian, wife, mother, teacher and new foster mom. She and her husband Mike have 3 biological children ages 14, 13, and 11. They also have a 15 year-old boy who lives with them as they “do life” with his family. They just said goodbye to their first placement through DHR, a one year-old little girl. They live in Hayden, Alabama. They long to see more people in their area step up to the call of foster care. They have experienced God in a mighty way this past year through the ministry of foster care and as they began opening their hearts to love the people around them better. They are flawed, sinful, and selfish. Yet, God is at work to use them and change them anyway. You can follow their story at www.fostercaretheendofme.blogspot.com.

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