Showing posts from February, 2017

Rich in Faithful Love (2/20/17)

Today a client sat in front of me and grieved by over the fact that he has never known unconditional love. He didn't use those words, but he expressed sadness over people always leaving when he messes up or isn't perfect. He believes he will never be good enough.

This is a child who comes from a family so broken, that I don't know how he is as articulate, smart, and seemingly put together as he is. This is a child who's basic needs were not met.

Oh Lord, God of second chances, be near to your treasured child today. Stir in the hearts of people who love you to take a chance on loving someone worthy of love. Help me to show him the kind of unconditional love and acceptance You offer.

"You, Lord, are kind and ready to forgive, rich in faithful love to all who call on you." // Psalms 86:5

Love discipling my girls and watching them begin to know God's word. Also love when I stumble upon gems of verses like this one that are so simple yet so …

Clarity (2/13/17)

Gaining more clarity about the direction of adoption, and honestly I don't like the answer. I feel silly. I feel like I am mourning a loss of children I was never even remotely close to actually having, but in my mind, I was. I tend to make myself responsible for others. I sometimes believe that if it's harder or more challenging, then that's probably God's will. And I tend to assume that choosing a less challenging option is cowardice. I know these are lies from the enemy that truly put the emphasis of situations on me, and not on God. I have been through enough to know that the Lord will make obvious and supply courage for tough things. AND I also don't have to walk into the toughest things in His name. Adoption is going to be hard. It is not wrong for us to adopt children, even if we see that a certain situation may not be the best fit for our family. This is me giving myself permission, thanks for listening.

I look forward to when I reflect on these hea…

For such a time as this (2/6/17)

I've had multiple people look at me wide-eyed for wanting to work with boys who have sexually harmed. They don't understand it. Why would you want to be around that all day? ....Be around what? Broken people? I want to be around it because these are human beings that deserve someone to listen to them and hear their stories. Did you know research shows that the rate of reoffending after treatment is only between 5 and 14 percent? So between 86 and 95 percent of adolescents that sexually harm will never do it again. Yet, the stigma on them is huge. People avoid these kids like the plague. They are disgusted by them.

I don't feel disgust when I look at them. I see kids who honestly, for the most part, are grossed out by themselves. They are so broken and their lives are so chaotic that they don't even know where normal is. When these kids are charged, they have a sentence that follows them the rest of their lives. And most of these kids were victimized, taken adv…

Fragility & Peace in the Waiting (1/30/17)

Below is the new family verse, from my husband who continues to show more and more leadership, resolve, commitment, and vision for our family. His steadfastness helps me to trust the Lord and to truly deeply believe that contentment is possible in every situation. Of all things I am grateful for, this man is at the top of the list:

Rejoice in the Lord always. I will say it again: Rejoice!Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near.Do not be anxious about anything, but in every situation, by prayer and petition, with thanksgiving, present your requests to God.And the peace of God, which transcends all understanding, will guard your hearts and your minds in Christ Jesus.Finally, brothers and sisters, whatever is true, whatever is noble, whatever is right, whatever is pure, whatever is lovely, whatever is admirable—if anything is excellent or praiseworthy—think about such things.Whatever you have learned or received or heard from me, or seen in me—put it into practice. …