Iron sharpens iron; so one man sharpens another.
It was not until recently that I actively began participating in foster / adoptive parent support groups. Initially in our journey we went to the classes and made some lasting friendships, but those support groups were monthly and attended when the chaos of life didn’t interfere.
I’ve always recognized the importance of them and desired to be more active, but having four small children (sometimes more) it wasn’t always feasible. And even when childcare was provided, I felt guilty (and nervous!) about leaving my brood with a stranger, no matter how well equipped they were.
Needless to say when I happened upon online Facebook groups dedicated to the support of foster and adoptive parents, I was ecstatic! It is encouraging to know that you are not alone and have a place to voice questions, concerns, praises and problems. I have garnered incredible insight and offered my opinion and ideas.
Iron sharpens iron.
Proverbs 27:17 very clearly detailed that iron sharpens iron so one man sharpens another. Not everyone understands our position as foster and adoptive parents, but we understand each other! It is imperative that we work together and sharpen one another so we can each be doing our calling and bringing glory to the one who called us.
Much to my dismay, I have also seen negativity and judgement from the very places that we should be seeking comfort and wisdom. That’s how Satan works. He will find our safe havens and attack them, discrediting those whose knowledge should be filling us.
Protect yourself from Satan’s lies and embrace the knowledge of those who understand your journey. Seek the communities that God has brought together and sharpen one another as iron sharpens iron.