A Light to My Path



Your word is a lamp to my feet and a light to my path. Psalm 119:105

I know how important it is to be in the Word of God, and even more so during a time of deep suffering, but I’m finding it hard to focus chapter by chapter. So I set a task for myself.

Friends (many of you) have sent cards and emails that include verses to encourage us. Last week I began writing each one in my journal. The physical act of writing causes me to slow down and consider the words. They speak more powerfully to me this way, perhaps because it is active rather than passive.


This morning I looked back through the pages and was struck by the beauty in these words. They are a powerhouse of hope; I know I’ll return to them over and over in the next months and years.

If you have a verse for me, email it (lisa@onethankfulmom.com), leave a comment, or mail it to me on paper that I can hold in my hand. My sweet friend has been receiving mail for me at:

Lisa Qualls

1136 E. E St.

Moscow, ID 83843

See, the Word of God is alive! It is at work and is sharper than any double-edged sword — it cuts right through to where soul meets spirit and joints meet marrow, and it is quick to judge the inner reflections and attitudes of the heart. Hebrews 4:12

I am deeply thankful to all of you who encourage me with your prayers and kindness.


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Let me introduce myself. Russ and I are the parents of twelve children by birth and adoption, and sometimes more through foster care. I'm the creator of One Thankful Mom which has been as much of a gift to me as to my readers. In 2011 I became a TBRI® Pracitioner* and have lived and breathed connected parenting ever since. I'm deeply honored to be the co-author, together with the late Dr. Karyn Purvis, of The Connected Parent; it is her final written work. I love speaking at events for adoptive and foster parents. I'm also the co-founder of The Adoption Connection, a podcast and resource site for adoptive moms. I mentor and encourage adoptive moms so you can find courage and hope in your journeys of loving your children well.


  1. Sarah La Due Chaney
    February 11, 2015

    oh man…that's beautiful. *tears and tears*

  2. Shari
    February 11, 2015

    I've used this one a LOT over the years. Ps. 40:13, "Be pleased, O Lord, to deliver me; Make haste, O Lord, to help me."

  3. Lori
    February 11, 2015

    One thing that I did, Lisa, after our son died was to keep a journal. It helped me to get my doubts and fears and even hope and faith on paper. Often they were written like a prayer or conversation with God.

    I also did a lot of Bible reading and the Psalms were my very dear friend. In my journal, at the back, I used post it notes as tabs to mark some pages to write specific things I was finding in the scripture I read. I used some of the pages to write God's attributes or character from the scripture. On other pages I wrote promises I found.

    I would write notes in the margin of my Bible when something I read ministered to me or just explained how I was feeling. I remember one Sunday, when my best friend asked me how I was. I told her to just read Psalm 13 and she would know. She read it and said, but what about verses 5 and 6? I told her I just wasn't there yet, but someday I would be. I was able to write in my Bible some time later that I was there. Here is that psalm:

    Psalm 13 English Standard Version (ESV)

    How Long, O Lord?
    To the choirmaster. A Psalm of David.

    13 How long, O Lord? Will you forget me forever?
    How long will you hide your face from me?
    2 How long must I take counsel in my soul
    and have sorrow in my heart all the day?
    How long shall my enemy be exalted over me?
    3 Consider and answer me, O Lord my God;
    light up my eyes, lest I sleep the sleep of death,
    4 lest my enemy say, “I have prevailed over him,”
    lest my foes rejoice because I am shaken.
    5 But I have trusted in your steadfast love;
    my heart shall rejoice in your salvation.
    6 I will sing to the Lord,
    because he has dealt bountifully with me.

  4. Kim
    February 11, 2015

    These verses were shared with me and were a great comfort to me.

    Psams 56:8 You keep track of all my sorrows.You have collected all my tears in your bottle.
    You have recorded each one in your book.

    The thought of God recording and even collecting my tears leaves me speechless.

    The following verse is special to me because it was given to me at a time when things were great, and in my foolish youth I was slightly offended that this (I thought then) inappropriate gift was given to me. Years later, in my grief, the Lord brought this gift/verse to me again, and I realized just what a precious gift I had received, even before I realized I had need of it. I still feel a hug from God when I read it.
    Isaiah 43:2 When you pass through the waters, I will be with you; and through the rivers, they shall not overwhelm you; when you walk through fire you shall not be burned, and the flame shall not consume you.

    Hugs and prayers for you and your family.

  5. Tricia
    February 20, 2015

    From Isaiah 42:16, "I will lead the blind by ways they have not known, along unfamiliar paths I will guide them; I will turn the darkness into light before them and make the rough places smooth.I will not forsake them." Love to all.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      February 20, 2015

      Thank you, Tricia. I just wrote it in my journal.


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