40 Things I’ve Learned in 40 Years

      This time seven years ago, I wrote a post entitled 33 Things I've Learned in 33 Years. Today, I turned 40 and decided to update what I listed then (in purple) and add seven more life lessons (although I'm sure I could think of more)! Polka dots and hot pink make me smile. (and ruffled sleeves and ankle boots) There are few sounds that bring as much joy as a baby belly laughing. (especially when it's your grandbaby) Marriage is hard work, but oh so worth it. (and gets sweeter with time) There is a huge difference between a job, a career and a calling. (and the magic happens when you can combine all three) When people say “enjoy these moments because they grow up so fast” they are not exaggerating one bit.  Kids literally grow up in the … [Read more...]

Transformed

I have chosen a word to live by each new year for several years. It is always a profound experience because most of the time the word I choose ends up having a completely different meaning to me by the end of the year than intended when I chose it. Last year, my one word was EMBRACE. I had started the year off with the intention of embracing whatever God had in store for me, not knowing or ever imagining the magnitude and depth of the valleys that I would need to embrace. Embracing felt like colliding into a brick wall repeatedly but having that word in the back of my mind helped me at least attempt to maintain focus on Jesus through it all. I started praying about my one word several weeks ago. I was spending a lot of time in prayer about other things as well as our family was being … [Read more...]

Healing My Gut and My Heart

I've battled chronic illness for many years. Heck, it's the reason this little ole' neglected blog exists in the first place. In 2008, I was searching for answers, trying to understand diagnoses that didn't feel quite right and looking to connect to others even though I was often confined to my bed. Since then, I've had good years and not so good years and I've been struggling yet again since last October. I was diagnosed with inflammatory colitis after weeks of severe GI issues in November. Since then, I've endured four stomach bugs, shingles and a raging UTI. To say I'm sick of being sick would be a gross understatement. I've tried modern medicine for all these years but a few weeks ago, as I prayed about how to proceed, I kept coming across articles about "gut" health. Did you know … [Read more...]

A Stroke of Grace

And I pray that you, being rooted and established in love, may have power, together with all the Lord's holy people, to grasp how wide and long and high and deep is the love of Christ, and to know this love that surpasses knowledge--that you may be filled to the measure of all the fullness of God. Ephesians 3:14-19 "I don't know how you've lived with this in your head for eleven days. It's completely occluding blood flow on the left side of your brain. You must have a hell of a headache". Those were the neurosurgeon's words to me at 6:45am on October 25, 2016.He said I had a CVST, a rare form of stroke. He also explained that if it started bleeding again, I would have to be transferred to the University of Florida (five hours away) for very delicate surgery but that they prefer not to … [Read more...]

Foster Parent Prayers May 30

Learn to do right; seek justice. Defend the oppressed. Take up the cause of the fatherless; plead the case of the widow. Isaiah 1:17 … [Read more...]

Foster Parent Prayers May 25

But he said to me, "My grace is sufficient for you, my power is made perfect in weakness". Therefore I will boast all the more gladly about my weaknesses, so that Christ's power may rest on me. II Corinthians 12:9 I don't know about you but there are many days in our foster care journey that I survived solely relying on the power of Christ because I had nothing left to give. God is able to carry the burdens of the foster care system, the brokenness of the bio families, the hurt and the behaviors that result from that hurt from our kids and our lack of patience, endurance and hope. Turn it over to Him. It's okay to recognize you can't do this in your own strength.   … [Read more...]

Foster Parent Prayers May 23

Whoever walks in integrity walks securely, but whoever takes crooked paths will be found out. Proverbs 10:9 … [Read more...]

Foster Parent Prayers May 18

The righteous choose their friends carefully, but the way of the wicked leads them astray. Proverbs 12:26 … [Read more...]

Foster Parent Prayers May 17

Let your gentleness be evident to all. The Lord is near. Philippians 4:5 Many of the children that enter your care may not have ever been treated with gentleness in words, touch or action. Connection and attachment can be a struggle for kids in foster care. Gentleness, whether it's a gentle touch, a gentle tone of voice or a gentle correction, goes a long way in helping our kids of all ages feel safe and to realize that adults can be trustworthy.     … [Read more...]

Foster Parent Prayers May 16

...and the two will become one flesh. So they are no longer two, but one flesh. Therefore what God has joined together, let no one separate. Mark 10:8-9 We know that fostering is rewarding and a joy on many days. However, we also know that there are hard days too, a lot of them. Foster parenting is challenging and can be hard on a marriage. It's important to make time for just you and your spouse to reconnect and stay on the same page. Use respite for a weekend getaway. Have a weekly date night at home after the kids go to bed with takeout and a movie. Play a board game together. Go for an evening walk. Check in with each other throughout the day and always be committed to making your marriage a priority. Many of the children that come into care have never witnessed a healthy relationship … [Read more...]

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