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When God Gives And Takes Away

When God Gives And Takes Away

It has happened to me more than once over the last two years. Surrounded by thousands of people standing and singing, I just could not bring myself to join in.

You give and take away,
You give and take away;
My heart will choose to say,
“Lord, blessed be your name.”
God, you give and take away,
Oh, you give and take away
My heart will choose to say

Not this time. Instead of singing, I wrestled. Is my heart really, really, really okay with the truth that he gives and takes away? Read More When God Gives And Takes Away

The wait. The anticipation. The eagerness to feel complete. The excitement and wonder of their personalities. The pre-adoption season is a time full of emotion, and although it can be spotted with disappointment and setbacks, the general feeling is that you simply cannot WAIT to see your family united.

The homecoming time is magical.

Then, before long, reality sets in. Read More

Lectio Divina, is a contemplative approach to reading the Bible. Instead of reading large amounts, you read a small section of scripture several times while reflecting and listening.

Often times, a word or phrase will stand out to you as you read and reread the scripture. It is with this word or phrase that you ask God to show you how they relate to your present life and circumstances. Read More

Hillsong United Lyrics

Oceans – “Where My Feet Might Fail”
You call me out upon the waters
The great unknown where feet may fail
And there I find You in the mystery
In oceans deep
My faith will stand

And I will call upon Your name
And keep my eyes above the waves
When oceans rise
My soul will rest in Your embrace
For I am Yours and You are mine Read More


Thank God! Pray to him by name!
Tell everyone you meet what he has done!
REMEMBER the wondrous works that he has done; his miracles, and the verdicts he’s rendered!
Psalm 105:1,5

Last year, my family decided to try something different.

Every day in November, on handmade paper leaf ornaments, we wrote something that we were grateful for. We hung the leaves from a bundle of sticks. We called it,

Our Thanksgiving Tree. Read More



“I was surprised by the results of my research. I assumed being joyful meant you should be grateful, but I found that practicing gratitude invites joy. These findings changed my life, my family, and how we practice life everyday. ” ~ Brene Brown

With anticipation, I counted down the days until they arrived. I imagined our time together filled with good laughs, deep conversations, delicious food, board games, times of prayer, and so much more. I couldn’t wait. At the same time, I pushed out the thoughts that crept in telling me, “don’t get your hopes up,” “do you really think that these things will happen?”

Thankfully, my anticipation and deep desires out ran these questions that tried to squash my hope. I optimistically waited for their arrival. Read More

“Wake Me Up”

By: The Ineloquent

The night is nearly over
And daylight’s almost here
Salvation’s growing closer
As days just disappear
What will I have to show for
If I just choose to sleep
I must wake from this slumber,
What have I sown to reap
Anyway Read More

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