Archives for February 2015

Grace Upon Grace | John 1:16

Saturday Scripture   John 1:16   And from his fullness we have all received, grace upon grace.   Prayer Heavenly Father, thank you for today and reminders of who you are. Even though I screw up and fall short, you cover me with grace upon grace. I am beyond grateful for your mercy and love. Help  me rest in that truth and let it transform me more and more into the person you made me to be. And from his fullness {Read More}

How Prayer Helps (When You’re Angry or Frustrated)

How Prayer Helps (When You’re Angry or Frustrated)   What to you do when you’re frustrated or angry? My frustration usually follows a path sort of like this: I think: “This isn’t fair.” I let my mind spiral out of control. I let my attitude go into the toilet. I spout off. I throw back the garbage that is thrown at me. (I get angry at the angry person. I get snippy with the person who hurt me with words.) {Read More}

Adoption: Sometimes Love Grows

In my 25 years as a mom there have been many homecomings as I brought my children home for the first times. When Cory was born, I was a 17-year-old single mom, and we returned to my parents’ house. With Leslie and Nathan, John and I lived in low-income housing while he was in school. There was no designer nursery, but I did have room for a bassinet next to our bed. We adopted Alyssa as a baby. She was {Read More}

Fifty Shades of Brokenness | No Explanation Needed

50 Shades of Brokenness No Explanation Needed   1. There is a painful situation. You hurt me. 2. You have made me despairing and desperate. 3. You are making me weary and tired of said circumstance. 4. You are to blame and stand condemned. 5. You must not win, no matter the cost. 6. You exert more pressure, more control. It becomes a battle of the wills. 7. The pain only gets worse, the circumstance more out of control. 8. {Read More}

Indiana Jones + Indiana Josephine: When Love Becomes an Adventure

Last week John and I celebrated our 25th Anniversary. I knew when I married John that life would be an adventure, and it has been, but when I let him plan our anniversary I had no idea what I was getting into … This is John and I on the second longest zip line in Central America. 1900 ft long with a 300 ft drop. (It was one of 10 zip lines we went on that day, and it was {Read More}

Adoption from Foster Care: Your Questions Answered, Part 4

Recently I wrote this blog post on how to adopt from foster care. I was thrilled by the huge response, but there were also a lot of questions. I turned these questions over to experts in foster care adoption. Here are the links to those posts: Adoption from Foster Care: Your Questions Answered, Part 1 Adoption from Foster Care: Your Questions Answered, Part 2 Adoption from Foster Care: Your Questions Answered, Part 3 Now, here are your newest questions answered: Julia DesCarpentrie {Read More}

Promises | 2 Corinthians 1:20

Saturday Scripture   2 Corinthians 1:20   For all the promises of God find their Yes in him. That is why it is through him that we utter our Amen to God for his glory.   Prayer Father God, thank you for today and the new promises that come with it. You are always faithful even though I stray. You always keep your promise even though I break mine to you. I don’t deserve your love and have no words to {Read More}

The Child God Chose for Us | Adoption & God’s Timing

Thirteen years ago, I was reading a Woman’s World magazine, and one article changed my thoughts on how many children is “enough.” At the time, I thought three was plenty. My kids were ten, seven, and five. I was homeschooling them, and we had a very busy life. Then I read an article about all the girls growing up in orphanages in China. I wept when I read the article and realized my heart had room for more. That night after {Read More}

3 Ways to Improve Your Prayers… & Find Freedom in the Process

3 Ways to Improve Your Prayers & find freedom in the process   Prayer has transformed my life and it’s led me on wonderful paths that I never expected, but it hasn’t always been that way. It’s taken me a while for feel as if I understood prayer, and considered myself an praying person. Maybe it’s because of my misconceptions that I had since childhood. What are your first memories of prayer and how God works? Here are a few {Read More}

Dos & Don’ts of Homeschooling to Encourage You

1. Don’t homeschool unless you and your spouse are both on board. Do proceed if both parents are unified and at peace with the decision! 2. Don’t wait to have all your ducks in a row until you start. Do realize that you can only do it with God’s help, strength, and guidance. (And you’ll never have all your ducks in a row!) 3. Don’t pattern your homeschool after public school. Do make learning an adventure. 4. Don’t forget the {Read More}

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