"Fear is the opposite of faith." This is such a dangerous lie to believe.
No, my friends, faith and fear are NOT opposites.
We've all experienced pain. From the common cold or strained muscle, to chronic illness. While pain varies in severity and frequency, one thing we can agree on is that physical pain takes a toll on our emotional health. The challenge is, this toll can easily create a dangerous cycle of physical pain, anxiety/depression/stress, and more physical pain associated with those emotional stressors. So, how do we interrupt the cycle in simple ways that have lasting benefits?
Our 4 oldest kiddos volunteered to answer some questions about growing up in a transracially adoptive, large(ish) family! I asked readers to submit their questions back in March, and several of you had some really thought-provoking questions!
I am grateful for the wisdom, love, and laughter shared! Our interview time was sweet - spent cozied up in the living room, after a long walk outside. We joked around, laughed, and had to talk out some hard topics - but it was good. And in the end, this open and intentional conversation brought us all closer!
A week ago today, I began taking supplements that I'm hopeful will greatly impact my health, and the health of our family! While I intended to get us all started - stat! - after praying with my husband, we decided to give it a try before giving it to our children.
I have kept a daily journal of how I'm feeling. Truth be told, while I know this isn't a miracle solution - and that it wouldn't reverse every complication in my body immediately - I was still hopeful I would see a huge impact in just one week! I was hoping to feel way more energetic and be in awe of the symptoms just going away.
I am honored to be sharing over at Young Wives Club today! Take a moment to read about our step of faith towards adoption --- and prayerfully consider what step of faith God is asking YOU to take in this season of life!
"Friend, whatever season of life you’re in, I’d like to invite you to ask God what step of faith He is asking you to take. And then, I’d like to encourage you to take it. Believing He is who He says He is, and He’ll do what He says He’ll do. Knowing that you are His beloved and that He will never leave or forsake you. Today, commit to putting your faith into action!"
Friends, when I posted about updates and upcoming events back in April, I was excited about the coming weeks! There was so much I intended to accomplish and overcome! And then, as is often the case, life happened.
There's a constant whirring - air flowing from the vents in the ceiling. A beeping down the hall, followed by running foot steps in the corridor. The baby in the room next door alternates between sleeping and screaming - the latter begging prayers from anyone who hears. The clock on the wall ticks away the seconds. And I am sitting here, grateful that for us, it is a countdown of 9 hours before we head home and resume life as usual.
There's something about the flashing lights, hushed tones, and medicinal smells of a hospital that can induce discouragement and fear. When it's midnight in a children's hospital, those two emotions dance dangerously close - and seem inevitable.
But instead of giving way to despair, I pace and pray. As guilt creeps up, whispering how we're the lucky ones --- I silence it with prayers. Only 9 hours now. So many among us this night do not have the comfort of that knowledge --- the reassurance of only waiting 9 more hours. Others would give anything to stretch that 9 hours into 9 days, or weeks, or months - knowing when they leave this place, their child will have gone to be with Jesus.
Oh but there's Jesus. And so I pace and pray. Tonight, I am given the honor of interceding on behalf of our son, and every other child in this place. Tonight, I am given the privilege of coming before the Father for the hearts and souls of all the mothers and fathers sitting bedside watch this night. Tonight, at midnight, in a children's hospital, I am saying no to discouragement and fear, and giving way to the Spirit that breathes compassion, life, and joy.
To those sitting in a children's hospital at midnight - you are not alone. You, and your precious child, are deeply loved by a Father who has not forgotten or abandoned you. I am sorry. I am sorry you are here with all the sights, sounds, and smells of this place - instead of safely tucked away in your beds at home. I am sorry for the pain, the cries, the unknowns. I am sorry your heart aches to comfort your child in ways beyond your control.
To those sitting in a children's hospital at midnight - I am lifting you, and your precious child, up in prayer. I am asking God to shower His compassion and mercy and goodness on you even in this moment. I am pleading for grace and healing and peace.
If you have a specific prayer request, please comment below - I'd be honored to pray specifically for you or a loved one! If you have a testimony of how God showed His faithfulness through your child's hospitalization, we would love to hear it!
You guys, today, I wanted to veer a bit from my typical posts and share some updates and announcements about what's going on - and what's coming up! I'll be talking about what's going on in our busy little family, and some exciting new projects I've been working on!
"If there’s something you’ve been holding on to, I’d like to encourage you to let it go. Surrender whatever it is to God. Allow Him to cheer you on as you empty yourself of the waste, so you can be filled with the power of Holy Spirit. I promise, if you’ve been struggling to get through your days, or even moments, it doesn’t have to stay that way!"
Today, I'm over on Adoption Strong, with a lesson from the loo! Join us, as I share about how sometimes, you just need to let things go!
I get it - those big brown eyes look up at you. Something pulls on your heart strings. Maybe it's the smile - or the dimple - or your belief that this child who was once an orphan is in desperate need of your affection. I understand it's well intentioned, and as such, I wanted to let you know what many adoptive parents are thinking when you approach our kids and begin treating them like the animals on an SPCA commercial featuring Sarah McClachlan: please don't.
Here you will find the musings of a homeschooling, work from home, adoptive Momma of 6! Adventures in faith, family, adoption, and training up a tribe of little people to follow hard after Jesus are spilled into these posts --- most often written with a cup of coffee in hand. I hope you'll stick around a while and find something - more likely SOMEONE! - that brings you hope!
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