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Foster Parent Prayers Day 3

Whoever dwells in the shelter of the Most High will rest in the shadow of the Almighty. Psalm 91:1-2

I have discovered there is a lot of worry that can accompany the foster care journey. Our kids come to us with sad and sometimes scary stories. Sometimes they are reunited before we think they are (or their bio family) ready. Sometimes a judge orders contact with a parent that hurt them physically. Sometimes they are exposed to domestic violence. Sometimes– heck, most times– we don’t get much of a say for their safety or well being outside of the walls of our home.

I have also discovered that worrying and fretting doesn’t serve a purpose other than to work me up and stress me out. A wise friend reminds me frequently that fear and faith can’t co-exist. So, the next time you are worried about the safety of your foster child or the uncertainty of their future, turn your worry over to God. I keep a prayer journal and many of its pages are me pouring my heart out to God on behalf of the kids in my care. Trading my worry for faith that He will cover them with His shadow and keep them safe.Will you trade yours today, too?

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Finding Your Identity in Christ (Part 1)

**I had the privilege of sharing at my church’s monthly ladies brunch on Saturday. I had a rough week leading up to the brunch (hubby out of town for the week, foster care stress, etc) and had planned to just use a talk I already had prepared from my speaking/teaching days but God had otherContinue Reading

What it means to be Pro-Life

A few weeks ago I attended a baby shower. The church was decorated adorably (pink, purple and zebra print) to celebrate the impending arrival of a little baby girl. Twenty women arrived with yummy treats to share. The gift table was full to overflowing and we played the traditional baby shower games. It was aContinue Reading

You’ve Got This, Mama

My monthly post for The MOB {Mothers of Boys} Society is up over there.  I wrote about a difficult topic but one that many of us mama’s have or will face.  Would love you to join me there today!  

31 Days to Living Well with Chronic Illness- An Introduction

Hi friends! Every year when I join the blogging community in committing to write on one topic every day for 31 days I question my sanity.  And, I say I will never participate again.  And, every year I develop some type of writers amnesia and when God lays a new topic on my heart, IContinue Reading

When Parenting Teens and Young Adults is Hard

Wouldn’t it be nice if our kids could look at the replay of our lives and consider our mistakes a lesson learned on their behalf, thus saving themselves from anguish and heartache? If you read here regularly, you know I write a monthly column for The M.O.B Society, a popular website just for mama’s ofContinue Reading

Worth the Read {volume 8}

I am slowly getting my new groove on here in the Sunshine State.  Time to write, time to read.  It’s a good thing.  So, I’m back with my weekly round-up of blog posts and articles I’ve enjoyed reading. The big things are the little things.  I couldn’t agree with Shauna Niequist’s post more. The momentContinue Reading

Wisdom from a toddler?

It’s been awhile since I’ve been around toddlers, considering that my youngest son is almost 16! Since moving to Florida I’ve been spending lots of quality time with my youngest niece and nephew {almost a year and 3} and my Sweet Pea {who will turn 3 September 1st} is staying with the hubby and IContinue Reading

A God Sized Dream Update

  I will be on a train to Florida in three days. Three days!  A dream that has lay dormant in my heart for YEARS is coming to fruition. When I invited y’all on a God sized dream journey with me this year, I was referring, mostly, to my speaking and teaching aspirations.  While those areContinue Reading

If tomorrow doesn’t come {a God sized dreams post}

  When you send your 3rd graders to school with a kiss and a lunch packed with love, you expect them to return home to you at the end of the day. But sometimes they don’t. When your 8th grader complains of pain in his hip, you expect to give him some ibuprofen and forContinue Reading