Stay the Course


The longer the licensing process goes, sometimes my mind kinda slips away from the original vision.  Check my heart again… Check my mind… check the Spirit.  Yesterday I was asked, “why do you want to be foster parents?”  I can hardly remember what my answer was at the beginning of all this.  Today when the question comes, I see classrooms, emails, interviews, documentaries, toys r us, and appointments.  “Er, um.. let’s see, um.  To help kids that need a loving family to care for them, even if it’s a temporary safe place for them.”  Yeah, that’s it.  Lol, I almost forgot.

Father God, oh Glorious One!  Please keep the blessing of your calling upon us.  Please pour upon us the desire to look to You every day.  Keep us in Your Divine presence that we will keep focused on Your calling, focused on Your will for us.

Like a trip to Costco.  I have a plan:  Frozen chicken, milk, toilet paper, dog food, and of course red vines, then home.  You all know what happens… You see tv’s, socks, snickers bars, a massage chair…  Cell phone rings, texts, run into a friend… Um, wait.  What am I doing here again?

As Jesus and his disciples were on their way, he came to a village where a woman named Martha opened her home to him. She had a sister called Mary, who sat at the Lord’s feet listening to what he said. But Martha was distracted by all the preparations that had to be made. She came to him and asked, “Lord, don’t you care that my sister has left me to do the work by myself? Tell her to help me!”  “Martha, Martha,” the Lord answered, “you are worried and upset about many things, but few things are needed—or indeed only one.  Mary has chosen what is better, and it will not be taken away from her.”

-Luke 10:38-42  NIV


One thought on “Stay the Course

  1. But it seems to me good to have our course tested occasionally, to cause us to explicitly rethink the matter, testing our assumptions, values, new external factors, etc. This leads to either (a) a reaffirmation of our course, causing us to pursue it even more vigorously and committedly or (b), if the new considerations are significant enough, it can lead to our changing course. The objective — serving God to His glory — remains the exclusive end objective of our course. How we do that — our course — can take different forms at different times in our lives. (“I came into Costco to get salmon, but while here learned that roast beef was better for our family today. The end objective — good nourishment and an enjoyable family dinner together — remained the same, but the menu changed for thoughtful reasons.”) Perhaps the answer lies in one remaining in a constant prayerful state, receptive to our Father’s guidance.

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