- It takes patience to love the wounded. Years-long, heart-breaking, life-altering patience. When He calls you to it, it will stretch your concept of waitingfarther than you can imagine.
- It takes courage to love the wounded. Fierce, bold, decisive courage, to hold the line when abuse tries to reproduce itself in a new home, in a place it’s not welcome. To protect her from injuring herself and others.
- It takes humility to love the wounded. Laying bare your heart and home for countless professionals needed to bring the hurt one out from hiding. There are no family secrets—no real privacy—when you’re loving someone to wholeness.
- It takes strength to love the wounded. Strength beyond anything you can muster. So you lean hard on the One whose joy is your strength, whose might is your strong tower and refuge when you want to quit (which happens often, even if we don’t want to admit it).
- It takes letting go to love the wounded. The hardest thing I ever did was sign my name on that line. To pack up her things and admit her to a residential facility. To drop her off and drive away so that 30 staff members could work with her 24-hours a day. Because the walls are that high. Still.
- It takes hope to love the wounded. Hope in what you not only can’t see, but have no legitimate evidence for. Hope in what God alone can do, because He is the God of the fatherless, the brokenhearted, the downcast. It’s hope that I clutch tight, every day. Hope that healing will come to my wounded, adopted girl on this side of heaven.
Laurie Wallin is a speaker, writer and Certified Life Coach—and she helps people love their lives again. As mom to two former foster children deemed “failure to thrive” and “unadoptable,” she’s had to find her new normal and fight for joy. She writes weekly for her own blog (http://LaurieWallin.com), shares daily tips at Facebook’s Living Power Life Coaching (http://www.facebook.com/LivingPowerLifeCoaching), and guest blogs at Jolene Philo’s DifferentDream.com. She loves being part of Facebook’s Moms Together team, where conversations bring joy and encouragement for every topic of motherhood. Laurie lives in Southern California with her hubby, their four girls, and her 80-lb Lab that thinks she’s a lap dog.