Notes on Hope began as a Tuesday Topic and was such an encouragement to me and my readers, that I didn’t want it to drop down the page and disappear from view. The comments on this post are wonderful, especially if you are parenting children from “hard places.”
I want to keep these thoughts coming, and may develop it into a weekly feature, but for today, I’m going to highlight this on my sidebar in the hope that people will stumble upon it.
Please add your comments and stories of progress. We want to hear from you – let’s encourage one another.
It’s Tuesday and time for a new Tuesday Topic. This one comes from a friend-of-a-friend who currently has three children 7, 4, and 1 at home, as well as an older son in college. Nine months ago they added their oldest and youngest to their now- four year old. Their seven year old is having an extremely challenging adjustment.
Melissa asked a question that I think will be a great encouragement to all of us, and I don’t know about you, but I’m ready for some good news! This is what Melissa wrote:
It has been NINE LONG MONTHS. LONG. We cannot get over how drained we are on a daily basis. People consistently ask me if “it is getting better.” To be honest, there are some things that are better but many things that aren’t. In fact, it seems that there are constantly new difficulties as soon as one subsides. I am weary.
So, my idea for a Tuesday Topic involves POSITIVES. I want to hear from folks who have adopted older children and who have HAD SUCCESS. I don’t need a timeline from you (I get it, I am in it for the long haul) but rather want to hear some redemptive stories. Some HEALING that is going on. “My child used to…..but now he/she….” It can be big or small. I mean, I gather that people DO have success with their kids or they would not continue to adopt, right???? This would encourage people like me who are trucking along, trying to love my often unlovable child- failing often but waking up each morning trying to start afresh.
Melissa is right, this is a long, and sometimes challenging journey, but there is hope and healing for our children. Let’s share some of the positives we see in our children – the progress they are making, the signs of hearts healing. How about giving a shout-out to God for His good gifts and amazing power to heal broken hearts.
Bring it on — we want to hear from you! If you are thinking right now that maybe you have something to say, but maybe it won’t be quite good enough, or perhaps you just don’t have time to share it — I’m asking you to take the time. Even a sentence or two would give hope to parents who are deep in the trenches.
Let’s encourage one another,