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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