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Stubborn: The Lord’s Overwhelming, Relentless, Sacrificial Love

The Lord is stubborn in His pursuit of our devotion. His love is relentless and sacrificial. He knows the pain we carry and is waiting for us to trust Him. “You need to get off the table,” I spoke as calmly as humanly possible. Deep breaths. Preparing for what was to come. We were on… Continue reading Stubborn: The Lord’s Overwhelming, Relentless, Sacrificial Love

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Restful: Settling In to the Long Journey of the Unknown

The unknown can be restful, once we accept that our goal is not in arriving somewhere or accomplishing anything. Our goal occurs within the journey.  Five years ago we began the process to foster to adopt in South Carolina. Soon after we were licensed, we moved to North Carolina, having to begin the process all… Continue reading Restful: Settling In to the Long Journey of the Unknown

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Mentor: Teaching Through Intentional Relationships

To mentor is to teach through relationship. It’s having someone to go to with questions, who will be honest. This is the purpose of Oh Lord Help Us.  For most of my life I have loved people, but feared their rejection. When I went into high school I was desperate to fit in. And after… Continue reading Mentor: Teaching Through Intentional Relationships

Devotional · Stay Sane

Mission: Looking Behind, Seeing the Vision Ahead

We can learn by looking back. We are taking time to reflect on the previous year of our mission and refocus our vision and purpose.  At the new year, my husband and I sit down and write out what happened the previous year and what we foresee in the year to come. Then the following… Continue reading Mission: Looking Behind, Seeing the Vision Ahead

Devotional · Stay Sane

Posture: The Difference Between Striving and Obedience

Outwardly, striving and obedience may look exactly the same. It is the posture of our hearts that determine if we are acting with confidence.  The week was spent running errands, making phone calls, meeting with other people, processing what was gained from the meetings, making stuff, prepping meals, laundry, loving on children, correcting children, loving… Continue reading Posture: The Difference Between Striving and Obedience

Devotional · Stay Sane

Gratitude: Remember and Acknowledge for a Life of Joy

How many times do we slip into the muck of life because we are stuck in our own pity-party? Get out of the muck, and into a life of joy and gratitude. “It’s ok to have your pity party, but then you need to move on.” This is some sage advice given to me by… Continue reading Gratitude: Remember and Acknowledge for a Life of Joy

Devotional · Stay Sane

Change: Some Friendships Were Not Meant to Last

The loss of a friendship can feel like death, especially when it ends in a hurtful way. But all of us change, and some friendships last for only a season.  We were supposed to grow old together. Raise our children together. Experience joy and laughter together. But it didn’t happen the way I had envisioned.… Continue reading Change: Some Friendships Were Not Meant to Last

Devotional · Stay Sane

Mercy: Receiving and Giving Forgiveness For Our Offenses

Not all of our offenses result in punishment. Sometimes we receive mercy instead. When we experience grace and mercy, we can extend it to others.  It never fails. Something catastrophic always happens when my husband leaves town, and he leaves town kinda frequently. Hmm… Maybe it’s not when he leaves town. Maybe it’s just all… Continue reading Mercy: Receiving and Giving Forgiveness For Our Offenses

Devotional · Stay Sane

Flee: When it is Time to Run Away Instead of Standing to Fight

Certain situations in life beat us down, overwhelming us with discontentment. How do we know if we are to stand and fight, or if we are to flee?  Growing up in a Christian home, I was taught to love and be kind to other people. I was also taught to be a fighter. Not with… Continue reading Flee: When it is Time to Run Away Instead of Standing to Fight

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Neighborhood: Loving Our Neighbors Through Tragedy

This is a tribute to a very special street full of very special people… We are told to love our neighbors. This can mean anyone who has a need, but it also means those in our actual neighborhood.  The street I live on is like no other. Currently, our church is doing a series on… Continue reading Neighborhood: Loving Our Neighbors Through Tragedy