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Episode 117: Living a Life of Compassion and Surrender

By April 5, 2021January 3rd, 2023Podcast

Did you know that we’re celebrating 10 years of ministry this month!? God has truly been so faithful!

And what better way to celebrate than to share such a special conversation on the podcast? This week’s guest is Amanda Auer, a mom of 4 who has an incredible story walking through a difficult journey of kinship care. You’ll hear her talk about what it was like to be educated about trauma on-the-fly, how challenging circumstances make our faith more concrete, what it looks like to live a life of compassion and surrender, and so much more. This conversation was incredibly rich, and I was just soaking in everything she said. I look forward to hearing what stands out to you!

(P.S. Did you catch our recent launch of the video version of our podcast? We’re so excited about it. If you’d like to check it out over on YouTube, just click here.)


1. Holding the balance of respect and boundaries with biological parents can be so tough.

In many cases, this can be a challenging aspect of foster parenting. We want to honor, respect, and support the parents of the children we’re caring for; however, Amanda’s openness is appreciated when she shared the difficult realization she came to of who she was ultimately called to.

“I had to come to terms with who I was called to.”

2. We all need community.

Foster care is not a journey that should be walked alone. No matter your story or specific situation, it’s important to surround yourself with people who want to see you and your family succeed and, most importantly, people who point you towards Jesus.

“The best thing you can do is carve out a community that’s going to walk you step by step towards Jesus.”

3. Our faith in Christ should influence how we approach every aspect of our foster care journey.

Like Amanda shares, walking the difficult journey of foster care is when the rubber meets the road for our faith. What does it really mean when He says He’s going to be faithful? What does it really mean when He says that He’s with us? What does it mean to live a life worthy of the calling we have received?

“You have a different kind of compassion when you start having your heart broken for what breaks the heart of the Father.”


We hope this episode has helped you wherever you are on your foster care journey. That’s the goal! If so, will you tell others?

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Meet Our Guest

Amanda Auer is a recovering event designer who recently uprooted from Orange County to Franklin, Tennessee. She spends half her days at home peeling oranges and wiping yogurt off of the kitchen table, and the other half investing time as the Director in her homeschool hybrid campus plant [which she touts as bringing the best of California with her to TN]. Her 3 eldest daughters learn with her around their table, while she tends to her toddler son in between math tests. She adores her musician husband of 17 years [and will talk your ear off about him if you allow], speaks frequently about the raw end of motherhood, and writes about her faith and life on Instagram often (@amandaauer). Her wheelhouses now include being an unlikely medical mom as well as engaging in kinship care, all of which she authentically documents online – attributing it all to God and giving Him glory for the way He has carried their family through.

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