An Everlasting Love

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This is what I’ve read every morning since I’ve been well enough to pick up my Bible and hold it in my hands.

For I am sure that neither death nor life, nor angels nor rulers, nor things present nor things to come, nor powers, nor height  nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God in Christ Jesus our Lord. Romans 8: 38-39

Not even death could separate Kalkidan from the love of God. She is loved with an everlasting love that will never, ever end.

Likewise, her death, will not separate us from God’s love. Even in the darkest, saddest moments of our lives, we are loved. He has not forgotten us. He will hold on to me even when I am weak and don’t have the strength to do it myself.

So far I haven’t been able to leave the house for anything other than medical appointments, but my goal is to make it to church this Sunday. The service is being led by the youth and both Annarose and Sunshine are on the worship team. Seeing my children grow in their faith and serve others with their gifts gives me great joy.

The last time I was at church it was Christmas Eve and I had no idea how my life was about to change…

Thank you, friends, for your many loving emails, cards, and messages. I am slowly reading through the emails in the “loveforthequalls” inbox. How I wish I could reply to every single one. Most of all, I want you to know that your messages matter. I cherish your words, your prayers, and the love you continue to show to our family.

Lisa

 

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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.

17 Comments

  1. Mary Ostyn
    January 23, 2015

    Continuing to pray for you every day….
    Love you,
    Mary

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  2. lucylou99
    January 23, 2015

    You are often in our thoughts and prayers.
    Much love and many prayers,
    Cindy

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  3. Emily
    January 23, 2015

    I'm sure I speak for more people than just myself when I say, "no reply is expected!" Thank you for giving us the chance to send some love back to you after all you have poured into the lives of others here on your blog–you have shared your struggles, your wisdom, your faith, your heart. Thank YOU. You are loved and appreciated, and my heart is bowed in prayer for you and your family.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 24, 2015

      I know you're right, Emily, but I still wish I could see you all, thank you all, cry with you all. It's an honor to journey with all of you.

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      1. Emily
        January 26, 2015

        There was a time when I was in extreme need, and I found it humbling (and if I'm honest, even shaming) to accept so much love without offering anything in return to countless strangers who sent love and help. My inability to do so actually ended up being a blessing, because I was forced to lean into the LORD's provision in a way that said, 'I take gifts from your hand and have nothing to return. I am at your mercy, God. I have no control. I offer my sacrifice of thanksgiving to you for all this love and service I've received and can in no way repay.' That was a hard place to be, and yet it was needful. Always needful. You are in my thoughts and prayers throughout these days. Lord, have mercy on your servant, Lisa, and be near to her in sorrow. Amen.

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  4. Emily
    January 23, 2015

    beautiful girls.

    Miss you. It was so good to talk to Isaiah last night.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 24, 2015

      Miss you too.

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  5. Kayla
    January 23, 2015

    Truth…He is still present in your life, even if it doesn't feel like it. When my dad died, this passage was a balm to my soul.

    Lamentations 3:19-27 (The Message)

    19-21 I'll never forget the trouble, the utter lostness,
    the taste of ashes, the poison I've swallowed.
    I remember it all—oh, how well I remember—
    the feeling of hitting the bottom.
    But there's one other thing I remember,
    and remembering, I keep a grip on hope:
    22-24 God's loyal love couldn't have run out,
    his merciful love couldn't have dried up.
    They're created new every morning.
    How great your faithfulness!
    I'm sticking with God (I say it over and over).
    He's all I've got left.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 24, 2015

      So powerful, Kayla. I need to print it and put it on my mirror and above my kitchen sink. Thank you.

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  6. Hannah J Hilgendorf
    January 23, 2015

    Those verses have been my lifeline countless times in the past 2.5 years. I hope they continue to bless you. You all remain in our prayers.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 24, 2015

      Thank you, Hannah. We are very grateful for prayers.

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  7. M + B
    January 23, 2015

    I just went to the REACH Camp website and saw the tragic news about Kalkidan. I just wanted to say that I am so very sorry – it seems so impossible to lose a child. My heart and thoughts are with you.

    Bethany

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 24, 2015

      Bethany, thank you for the message.

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  8. Teri Ferrari
    January 24, 2015

    Continuing to pray for you Lisa. You sweet spirit shines through even now through all the pain. May our Lord Jesus bring you all comfort each day.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 24, 2015

      Thank you for continuing to pray. Every Saturday morning we wake up to another week that Kalkidan has been gone. It hasn't gotten easier to face this day yet.

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  9. Laura
    January 24, 2015

    I am sitting here in Seatac airport after spending the week with you reading the sweet comments tearing up. So many people love the Qualls family as I your sister do. It is so wonderful to see the support. I do wish I was still there sitting on the floor next to your recliner heating your rice bag and reading the comments with you.

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      January 24, 2015

      I wish you were here too – miss you already.

      Reply

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