The moment I became an adoptive parent, I was already questioning myself. And every little while I would just stumble into full-blown panic. What if we weren't successful as parents? What if our children didn't follow the Lord? What if they grew up and rejected everything we taught them? What if they never overcame their past? What if they never accepted us as family? What if we screw … [Read more...] about How to Measure Your Success in Life
All she wanted was to have a baby. It wasn’t a huge thing—plenty of people have them. But, for her it didn’t happen. And every month the seed of bitterness dug deeper into her heart. Anger. Self-pity. Resentment. Pride. Dark ugliness that tangled her heart and left her unable to interact with those around her without pain. It left her wallowing in sinful heart patterns. Years later she … [Read more...] about Infertility Isn’t My Real Battle
My children represent nations. Isn’t that crazy to think about? Everyone’s child represents a nation of people, but when you adopt in other cultures and people groups, suddenly you have nations growing up in your home. And one thing I’ve learned about God is this: His heart is for the nations to know Him. It’s the heartbeat of the Old Testament that pumps out into the New—spilling … [Read more...] about How to Topple Giants and Reclaim Nations
My grandmother died the night before my 33rd birthday. Considering that she was 91 years old, it was expected in some ways. Yet, it still seemed a surprise because, well, of course she's always been there. She lived with my parents for almost a decade so my visits with my mom always included her. The idea of her not being there is still foreign. But something happened in Grandma those last … [Read more...] about How God is Found in the Darkest Places
Reactive Attachment Disorder (RAD) is a condition found in children who did not form a healthy emotional attachment to their primary caregivers during specific developmental stages in growth. If you've dipped your toes in the adoptive world, you probably sensed that it's a bit of a controversy over who exactly should be given this diagnosis-- but if you happen upon a family that has a child … [Read more...] about We all have R.A.D.
My favorite part about Christmas is the reminder to trace the story again. To remember exactly who Jesus is and what He is doing. It's why I wrote my advent book, Christmas! which takes children through the story from Genesis to Revelation-- reminding them that God promised to make a way for us to be friends with Him, and Jesus (the man who would fight the snake and win!) was the fulfillment of … [Read more...] about Who Is Jesus? Advent Calendar (Free Printable)