A New Song

This evening I fly to Seattle for the Refresh Conference.  Through the process of writing my Tell it Well series, I’ve been struck anew with all that Jesus has done in my heart and life.  It is incredible that I am an adoptive mom and that I actually get to write and speak about this amazing journey of being the mother of twelve children.

My friend, Heidi, left a comment with this verse for me, and it sums my life up perfectly.

I waited patiently for the Lord; he inclined to me and heard my cry. He drew me up from the pit of destruction, out of the miry bog, and set my feet on a rock, making my steps secure. He put a new song in my mouth, a song of praise to our God. Many will see and fear, and put their trust in the Lord. Psalm 40: 1-3

Jesus saw me, heard my cry, redeemed me, healed me, and then gave me a new song.   The bitterness is gone and there is something tender and hopeful in its place.

If you are in the NW, it is still not too late to register for Refresh.  I am speaking Friday night, and my friend, Kathleen, and I are doing a break out session together, Hope in the Hard Places, Saturday.  Even better, you can hear Dr. Julia Bledsoe from the UW Adoption Medicine Clinic, Deborah Gray, and lots of other great speakers.  Come join us!

#691 – 700 giving thanks

a good report on our friends’ 13 year-old son who has cancer

Russ for shouldering my load this weekend so I can be at Refresh

the gift of being with other adoptive/foster parents

this evening with Kathleen – planning, praying, laughing, talking

friends in our church small group

Sweet Pea’s last residency interview on Friday

Isaiah’s last final of high school tomorrow

39 degrees and the ice melting off the roads

Pride and Prejudice soundtrack last night

all of you who read, comment, and care


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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. Jo Hershon
    January 26, 2012

    Thanks for the reminder! I have been wanting to go to Refresh but we weren't sure of our schedule up to now. It's only an hour and twenty minutes away, so I am going to try to convince the hubby tonight!

  2. Anita
    January 26, 2012

    That's a beautiful picture of you and your husband! You look lovely! I'm so blessed to be seeing God's promises unfold in your life. That psalm expresses it perfectly. Thank you for your boldness in sharing so many things with your readers, you are truly helping us see, and reminding us that the only path of peace is to put our trust in the Lord! Wishing you a very blessed weekend!

  3. Heidi
    January 26, 2012

    I'm so sad I can't be there! Enjoy every second!

  4. Laurel
    January 26, 2012

    See you at the conference!

    Laurel 🙂

  5. Courtney
    January 26, 2012

    love the picture! and how i wish i could sit and listen to you speak!!! i'll be praying for you. and for those listening.

  6. Anne donohue
    January 26, 2012

    Hi Lisa,
    Any chance one of these wonderful conferences will come to the East Coast? I would love/need to come to one.
    thanks anne

  7. Terri
    January 28, 2012

    Lisa, I was at Refresh this weekend and was so blessed by your talk on Friday night and your workshop. Thank you so much for sharing your heart! It was so good to find we are not alone. I'm excited that I get to continue getting to know you through your blog.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 28, 2012

      Terri, thank you for your kind words. I loved Refresh and had such a great time. I hope to see you next year.


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