Do You Want a Better Story?

The theme of our Easter Celebration was “Do You Want a Better Story?” During our service we had, Cardboard Testimonies where more than thirty of us held signs sharing part of our stories of what Jesus has done in our lives. Mine is a little hard to read, but if you look closely, you can see it.

I’m telling you, this was hard. I felt laid bare before 2,600 people and it was intensely emotional. Despite my fear, I want people to know that Jesus changed my life, He rescued me and gave me hope when I had none.

Do you want a better story?

I drove to Seattle yesterday for a slew of appointments at Seattle Children’s today. Isaiah is with me, too, which made for a nice trip yesterday. I got a six hour musical education and had lots of time to talk with him.

Have a great day, friends. I may not have a chance to get back on my blog before I travel home on Saturday – we’ll see what the next few days hold.

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.

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  1. Jenny
    April 12, 2012

    This year, the Holy season of Lent was intensely powerful for me. This video fits perfectly with my new understanding of what it means to be truly forgiven in Christ. As I watched this, the tears poured. I wanted to hug you Lisa, and cheer with so many of the others. When the young man's poster read that he had been in prison and found freedom in Jesus I gasped and wept at the thought that perhaps it was the love of God working through me in prison that helped some of the inmates I served there to find freedom. I can only hope to have been a part of such a transformation. It was just after seeing this young man on stage that I realized what my better story poster would say. Defined myself as less than and incapable of pleasing anyone, and on the other side, accept myself as a child of God who shines God's love in dark places. Thank you, and thank your Church for sharing this most remarkable video. I hope others are as deeply moved by watching it as I have been. It is a beautiful better story, and it gives hope to those who may take the time to view it. Blessings to you all.

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  2. Chantelle
    April 12, 2012

    Beautiful. (((hug)))

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  3. Jacqueline
    April 12, 2012

    Scary – but I hope also liberating!

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  4. charity
    April 12, 2012

    lisa, this touched my heart…and made me hope we can do something similar in our church, there is so much truth in your words, and each of theirs, made me think what my poster would say? and reminded me that it is hard to see sometimes the miracles He has wrought in those around us who are now living full blessed lives because of Him, the paths we don't realize others have walked. I think we are stricken with putting on a game face at church on sundays and leaving the impression that all is well all the time, when we are smiling at church…and no one can see the great efforts in all the other days to live life as we do. am still thinking of this as i teach my children…thank you for sharing

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  5. Sharon
    April 12, 2012

    Bravo Lisa! I was so glad to be part of a cardboard testimony at our church. It was difficult, but so worth it. I'm sure people were blessed by yours.

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  6. Hannah Tucker
    April 12, 2012

    This is so beautiful. I wept with joy. I thank God for your faithful testimony.

    Thank you for sharing!

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  7. Kirstine
    April 12, 2012

    That was very brave – giving your testimony like that. [Insert virtual hug of encouragement]

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  8. Rosie
    April 12, 2012

    Thanks for sharing this Lisa…it made me cry. So glad to serve the God of better stories.

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  9. mannarae
    April 12, 2012

    Brought tears to my eyes … beautiful!!!

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  10. Joelle
    April 12, 2012

    Thanks for sharing this.

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  11. Heidi
    April 13, 2012

    You are a beautiful woman with a beautiful story. Thank you for sharing it.

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  12. Mavis
    April 13, 2012

    Thank-you for trusting God for your life story! It is a beautiful one! Thanks for helping us out with the experiences you share in your blog everyday. As we wait for a match in our adoption, your blog has helped me so much. I know where to run back to once we have our little one at home. First God but also to your blog (which has God all over it!) Thanks so much!

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  13. Sarah
    April 13, 2012

    Lisa,
    Thank you so much for displaying so much of your life transparently. Your posts is very encouraging, educational and inspirational, and your writing is so beautifully done, it is a joy to read. Thanks for all the effort you put into onethankfulmom.com. Its one of my favorite websites.

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  14. Lisa H
    April 13, 2012

    Just watched this…It's beautiful! Praise God, He truly DOES give us better stories than we could dream up for ourselves!

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  15. melodie
    April 14, 2012

    Thank you for sharing this…so powerful…I had tears in my eyes. My 7 year old came over and asked why I was crying. I was able to share with him what the signs said and why they made me cry. God's love is absolutely amazingly transformative. Thank you!

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  16. Diane
    April 15, 2012

    He is risen….He is risen, indeed!!
    Thank you!

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  17. Rachel
    June 1, 2012

    Just watched & thought this is amazing. What an awesome way to express testimonies & what Christ does every day in our lives.

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