Called to Love

 

speaking C2L 2014

I spent the weekend at the Called to Love retreat with 180 adoptive and foster moms and I have to say, those are some beautiful women. Every day these moms lay down their lives to love and serve children who have come to them for innumerable reasons. Many of the children are from truly “hard places,” little ones who’ve experienced trauma and neglect that has hurt them deeply. Mothering hurt children is a task that brings us to our knees, sometimes multiple times a day.

To worship with them, pray with them, learn, laugh, and eat together was precious. I was honored to teach twice, once in a breakout session and again in the general session Sunday morning. As I looked out at my fellow mamas, I wished we were sitting together in my kitchen drinking coffee and sharing our lives. There were so many stories of God showing up in amazing ways to meet the cries of hurting hearts. I won’t mention how many times I choked up as I spoke – whew! Jesus reaches into our hurting hearts and gives us his love and strength to press on.

called to love retreat

I have a couple of things to share. First, today is the last day to enter the giveaway for the beautiful Advent book, Unwrapping the Greatest Gift by Ann Voskamp. It’s easy to enter; get the details here. Also many thanks to those of you who have used Amazon links from my Top Ten Toys and Games post. The small percentage I make from Amazon adds up and blesses our family.

I have some very special posts coming for you beginning tomorrow. I’ve been blessed to get to know one of my readers who related to my posts on attachment. She wrote a comment so insightful and beautiful that I asked her to develop it into a guest post. That post was so rich that I asked her to expand it and before we knew it we had a four part series. Sarah was adopted as an older child and then went on to become an adoptive mom herself. I am honored that she is letting me share her story with you.

I flew home last night into our little airport and there was Russ waiting for me – I walked right into his arms. It was a rich and meaningful weekend and I am so thankful that I was able to share it with mamas who share this calling of loving the fatherless and calling them our own. If you were at Called to Love, thank you for sharing that time with me, and a huge thank you to the team that planned every detail to make it such an amazing retreat.

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.

6 Comments

  1. Nikki Smith
    November 17, 2014

    Lisa you spoke some powerful truths and blessed me in so many ways. Thank you for sharing at the retreat and honestly I would love to come have tea with you in your kitchen and spend time with your beautiful family. God Bless, Nikki

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 17, 2014

      I'm so glad I was able to speak words of help to you, Nikki – it was a wonderful retreat.

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  2. Alisa
    November 17, 2014

    I loved hearing your real voice speaking your words out loud! I loved meeting you in real life. So thankful for you…

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    1. Lisa Qualls
      November 17, 2014

      I loved meeting you too! Let's do it again before too much time passes. Refresh??

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      1. Alisa
        November 18, 2014

        I sent the link to my husband and would love to go!

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  3. Karen Twombly
    November 18, 2014

    I am very much looking forward to Sarah's post. Her perspective will be very valuable to me!

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