Joy and grief live side by side in our house…
As adoptive parents, we need to honor the grief our future children will experience and the grief our current kids are experiencing. Coming home will not “cure” a child, even if the child is a baby, from the loss that all adoption stories begin with. Coming home is the beginning of the healing process, not the end. Honoring the grief, really acknowledging it, is the first step in helping to heal our kids’ broken hearts.
I don’t know about you, but I’m simply awful at doing a Bible reading plan. A few years ago I read this article about Bible reading plans that I so resonated with. The basic premise was that she often fell behind on a daily read-through-the-Bible-in-a-year plan and often came to the Word guilty, and then reading only to try to check boxes off the list of chapters for the day. And for moms with young children, it’s just the reality that “life” happens…
He wants to speak.
He has spoken.
And He will welcome all who will come to Him.
I’m stepping forward into the new year, completely confident of one thing: I will fail.
But can I try again and again? Yes.
Is there grace enough for all my failures? Absolutely. Every single one of them.
A prayer from Life as a Vapor by John Piper…
Father, deliver us from the self-deception that makes us believe anxiety is mere precaution, and that unfaithful precaution is anything other than cloaked anxiety. O, how devious is the self-protecting soul! Have mercy on us, and make us bold. Free us from fear and from prudential avoidances of love. Make us more eager for the joy of giving than for the security of keeping. In Jesus’ name, Amen.