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Perspective

"Loving the 'hard to love' is anything but easy. It's hard and messy and doesn't stay in the lines. There is screaming and crying and emotions I didn't even know existed. My predictable schedule and orderly life went out the door as she came in. My kitchen table is scratched. My budget I stretched. No aspect of life has escaped her influence. Let's go ahead and label any and all plans as tentative. It's just safer that way because somebody might fall apart between now and then. And that somebody might be me.

I traded easy and comfortable and predictable for hard, painful and risky. In the beginning, I hated every minute of it. And then I did it again. And again. And now we have a fourth coming. Something must have changed. It did. I changed.

Don't get me wrong, she changed too. But not near as much as me. I thought I knew what I wanted, but I was wrong. I didn't want safe and predictable. I wanted to follow Jesus, and He seldom leads down safe and predictable roads. The longer I follow Him, the more I realize that He keeps me safe. But not because He puts me in safe places – I am safe because I'm with Him, and as long as I'm with Him, my circumstances don't have to be safe and predictable."


JENNIFER SULFRIDGE


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and Brokenness of Foster Care

The Beauty and Brokenness of Foster Care is a group-based, gospel-centered support resource for foster parents designed to connect them in community with others so they may be supported and encouraged through circumstances and emotions that only other foster parents can relate to.

At its core, this book is meant to refresh foster parents in the gospel with others through community, and remind them what they are doing is beautiful — and they are never alone.