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Doing My Best to Feed His Sheep

Two years ago the Lord firmly put a desire on my heart that blew my mind: 35 years old and single, still waiting on my future spouse, I felt a growing desire to become a foster parent.

This wasn’t part of the plan, I mused. Marriage first, then children by birth or adoption. Why this? Why now? I asked many times in prayer.

This conversation with the Lord continued through the next many months—through a home purchase and renovation, the eventual foster care application and home studies, and meeting actual foster families, learning from them and their journeys.

My silent protests to this calling were always gently rebuked with the same words our Lord gave Saint Peter:

“Feed my sheep” (John 21:17).

Eventually, my heart turned from a place of reluctant opposition to hopeful anticipation. I was struck with such joy when I could find myself saying,

Yes, Lord! You know that I love You. I will do my best to feed Your sheep. Please help me.

Sisters, today we’ll feed His sheep in so many ways—in meeting the needs of kiddos, offering words of encouragement to co-workers, welcoming women into Blessed is She small groups. Others of us will feed His sheep by discerning the “big” questions about our vocations. For me, I have no idea if the Lord will eventually bring a foster child into my home . . . maybe fostering is part of His end plan; maybe this discernment is simply one step along the way.

But regardless of outcome, I do know that every invitation from the Lord is worthy of a yes.

Let’s pray for a willingness to say yes to feeding His sheep.

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The historical and symbolic significance of the lamb in Catholicism has deep roots. Did you know this was one of the earliest symbols of Christ?

Karen Schultz hails from the Land of 10,000 lakes, where she is often found in or near one of them. As a doula, lactation educator, and FertilityCare Practitioner, she finds joy in helping women to embrace the gift of their bodies. Downtime is found in quiet adoration chapels, farmers markets and gardens, listening to bluegrass music, and embracing the diversity of Minnesota’s seasons. You can find out more about her here.

6 Comments

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    Mikyla
    June 7, 2019 at 9:07 am

    Karen,

    Thank you so much for this beautiful reflection. My husband and I are in the midst of our second year battling infertility. Last December I heard Gods call to foster his little ones. We began this journey Monday of Holy Week and today are going to complete one of the longest legs of the journey thus far. Through all of this we have had so many questions, can we do this? Do we have the gifts? Why is? Can we handle it? What if we fail? Can we be good parents? Can we allow our hearts to be broken? As we have grappled with these, just last night we asked ourselves if maybe we heard Gods voice wrong, but after reading your reflection today I know exactly what Christ is calling us to, feed his sheep.
    Thank you so much and many prayers for you on your journey!

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      Karen
      June 7, 2019 at 9:37 pm

      Oh, tears!! Thank you for sharing your story with me, Mikyla. Will pray for you both and for any child who is welcomed into your home.

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    Amy Reddy
    June 7, 2019 at 10:16 am

    Prayers for you as you accept this invitation from God. Thanks for sharing this part of your story with us.

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      Karen
      June 7, 2019 at 9:38 pm

      Thank you, Amy! I’m so grateful for your prayers.

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    Amy Mrugalski
    June 7, 2019 at 2:04 pm

    Every invitation is worthy of a yes… Such a good reminder when it’s so tempting to ignore or pretend not to hear the “small” invitations that seem inconvenient or insignificant. If the Lord asks, we should not judge the worthiness of a response.

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    Kimberly
    June 7, 2019 at 4:38 pm

    I’ve been thinking/praying about adoption. Thank you for this.

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