And Wonders of His Love

He rules the world with truth and grace,
And makes the nations prove
The glories of His righteousness,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders of His love,
And wonders, wonders, of His love. (Joy to the World)

“And wonders of His love,” I was struck by the beauty of these words last Sunday. I had to stop singing as I listened to people around me repeat the phrase.

What are the wonders of his love in your life and mine? There is no lack of hardship in most of our stories, yet he shows his love to us in so many ways.

He has shown his love to me in joyful moments of blessing, but even more, God has shown his love to me in my darkest suffering. His presence a comfort to me in my loneliest, most frightening times.

Friends, I wish I could give words to the power of the presence of God when I was trapped in the car during our accident. I felt a peace that was unexplainable. I felt the power of God’s presence when Isaiah was missing and one-by-one our prayers were answered. Time and time again the love of Jesus has sustained me.

He sees us, he hears us, he loves us.

Wonders of His love.

Christmas is less than a week away. My big kids have begun arriving. Hannah flew in Monday night and Samuel will arrive late Thursday. Isaiah is already here and Annarose is home until she leaves on a trip to Ecuador with the university. Noah is done traveling for interviews, which makes Katie very happy. Mimi is the only one who won’t be with us because she is traveling to London for Christmas.

No cards have been ordered (maybe today?), no cookies baked, and only some of the presents purchased (definitely not wrapped), but we’re gathering together and I have several days remaining. I’m reasonably sure all will be well, and if not, we’ll still be fine.

Christmas break is not easy for my boys. How about your kids? They’re playing a lot of basketball, which is a great way to use energy and fill their hours.

How are you holding up? Are you ultra-organized with all of your gifts wrapped? Wrapping gets me every year!

In good news, our tree is beautiful, Christmas music is playing, candles are lit, and we are together as a family.

If the holidays are hard for you, know you’re not alone – there are many of us who have walked (or are walking) the same path. Grief is heightened, financial pressures heavier, loneliness more painful during the holidays.

I send you my love and prayers for God’s comfort and joy to be yours.

I won’t be writing here until after Christmas, but I’ll continue posting on my OTM Instagram and Facebook page. Keep in touch!

With hope and courage for the journey,


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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. Erika
    December 19, 2017

    Merry Christmas Lisa and God bless you much!!

    1. Lisa Qualls
      December 20, 2017

      Thank you, Erika. Merry Christmas to you too.

  2. Mauri Knott
    December 20, 2017

    Merry Christmas. Your words always give me strength.

    1. Lisa Qualls
      December 20, 2017

      Merry Christmas, Mauri. Many blessings to you.


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