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I Learned to Keep Laughing {24 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. We learned from adopting Sam how God gives blessings out of an abundant love. Before Sam, we waited for a baby. We were matched, and the baby was due on January 31. On Andy’s birthday, in December, we received a phone call informing us the birthmother changed her mind. Although we were matched again at the end of December, the due date wasn’t until March, giving this new birthmother plenty of time to change her mind. We closed up the nursery and didn’t think about… Read more I Learned to Keep Laughing {24 of 40 Stories}

Not Yet, But She Will {24 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. She used to lie to stay safe. She used to steal to eat. Lies and thefts became part of her existence. These practices were critical to survival. A habit was formed. When she moved home, to our forever family, we began to break the habit. She learned it was wrong to lie and steal. She learned to recognize the impulse and stop it. We prayed to be able to tell the difference between lying and four year old mistakes. It was an answered prayer. Whenever… Read more Not Yet, But She Will {24 of 40 Stories}

Celebrate Anyway {23 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. For a long time, I’ve claimed Philippians 4:4-7 as a compass to how I live. I’ve memorized the New International Version. Tonight I read The Message and smiled. You’ll see why… Celebrate God all day, every day. I mean, revel in him! Make it as clear as you can to all you meet that you’re on their side, working with them and not against them. Help them see that the Master is about to arrive. He could show up any minute!   Don’t fret or worry.… Read more Celebrate Anyway {23 of 40 Stories}

Obedience Leads to Clarity {20 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. A bit from my journal… 1 John 5:4: For every child of God defeats this evil world, and we achieve this victory through our faith. I know from 2 Peter 1:5-11 that the path to faith is… Love for Everyone  which enhancesBrotherly Love  which enhancesGodlinesswhich enhancesPatient Endurancewhich enhancesSelf-Controlwhich enhancesKnowledgewhich enhancesMoral Excellence  which enhancesFAITH. If I’m going to have faith, it begins with loving people. This Radical Faith I’m after, it starts with loving more. 1 Corinthians 13:2 — If I had the gift of prophecy,… Read more Obedience Leads to Clarity {20 of 40 Stories}

Hate Quitting {19 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. Stephanie loathes running. She grumbles when it’s time to go for a run. She crabs all through the warm up. She groans when it’s time to start jogging. Even though I’ve assured her she doesn’t have to go, she still chooses to run with Hannah and me. During the second (of six) round of jogging, her grumbling became louder. Within seconds of the end of the jogging round, she decided to quit. She sat down cross-legged on the edge of the road. “I’m done,” she… Read more Hate Quitting {19 of 40 Stories}

The Secret to Comfortable Conversation {18 of 40 Stories}

Click here for the backstory. Let your conversation be always full of grace, seasoned with salt, so that you may know how to answer everyone. Colossians 4:6 In 2006 I gave up New Year’s resolutions and decided to live a word instead. That year I learned to live grace. It wasn’t an easy word to learn, but it changed me. Forever. I learned grace is an art, and in order to live it I had to give up thinking I knew the way everything should go and how people should… Read more The Secret to Comfortable Conversation {18 of 40 Stories}