Being "anxious for nothing"

It is 5:00 in North Carolina now and no referral has come this week. I am reminded of being pregnant and each night going to bed thinking, “Surely I won’t still be pregnant tomorrow, I’ll probably wake up in labor tonight.” But sure enough, the morning would come and that little baby would still be under my heart and not in my arms. With two of my babies I was a week overdue and it was a difficult time for me, especially with my oldest son who was born in the midst of a heat wave in upstate New York.

Now I wake up each morning thinking, “Surely Sue will call today with news of our children. We’ve been next in line for nearly two weeks, it should be today.” Then as the afternoon approaches, my hope begins to dwindle and by 2:00 I realize that we will have to wait another day.

These emotions are on the surface of my life, but deep in my heart I am “anxious for nothing”. I know that my Lord is perfectly in control and that the details must not be in place yet for our children to be referred to us. We put our trust in Jesus, and we wait in hopeful expectation to hear of the blessings He is going to bestow upon us.

Have a wonderful weekend everyone. If I get more news on little Dimples, I will share it!

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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. PastorMac's Ann
    October 27, 2006

    Lisa, you’re a great encouragement to me. Praying for those special boys that God has already chosen to be yours at the proper time. Enjoy the weekend.

  2. darci
    October 27, 2006

    praying for you today.

  3. Raskell Party of 8
    October 27, 2006

    Lisa, it really is so hard to wait. In the end, you will see how God perfectly created the right children for you. Had I gotten what I prayed for initially, I wouldn’t have the boys or Sophia for that matter. I remember those sleepless nights, the tears, stomach aches, heartaches, etc. THEY WERE ALL WORTH IT! Soon you will have sleepless nights because of your new ones, and tears because they are hurt, and most importantly another part of your heart filled with the joy of holding your 3 new children. You are always in my prayers. Love, Sandra


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