Foster Parent Prayer for May 9

And we know that in all things God works for the good of those who love him, who have been called according to his purpose. Romans 8:28  

Foster Parent Prayer for May 8

It was a long weekend at Casa Smallwood. I wasn’t able to post prayers on Saturday or Sunday because I was dealing with a situation with one of my kids. That situation led me to this prayer for today (I had it scheduled for later in the month but I myself need to pray itContinue Reading

Foster Parent Prayers Day 5

For I know the plans I have for you, declares the Lord, plans to prosper you and not to harm you, plans to give you hope and a future. Jeremiah 29:11 When I was an adolescent in foster care, I remember thinking that God had abandoned me. That if He loved me and cared forContinue Reading

Foster Parent Prayers Day 4

In peace I will lie down and sleep, for you alone, Lord, make me dwell in safety. Psalm 4:8 Sleep doesn’t always come easy for children in foster care. That should really come as no surprise given how chaotic their lives have been before they come to us, but it doesn’t make it any easierContinue Reading

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 areContinue Reading

Foster Parent Prayers Day 2

I’m excited about this month of daily prayers for foster children. Sometimes, as a foster parent, I feel helpless to effect change in their situations. But, God. He is there with me, with them and already knows the outcome. What He wants and expects from us is to love each child in our care forContinue Reading

Foster Parent Prayers

May is National Foster Care month. If you’ve ever visited my blog, you know that foster care is a personal passion for me for many reasons. I spent time in the foster care system as a child and my husband and I are currently licensed foster parents. In addition, we have adopted children from fosterContinue Reading

A health update

This space came to be back in 2008 during a difficult year, filled with health challenges including the pulmonary emboli that almost killed me and led to the diagnosis of a blood clotting disorder and later, a diagnosis of systemic lupus that vacated a previous diagnosis of multiple sclerosis. I’ve long been a medical mysteryContinue Reading

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