Two Fantastic Free Resources for You

Friends, I have a couple quick things to share with you. Two free resources I love and know you will love too.

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First, my friends Mike and Kristin Berry, of Confessions of an Adoptive Parent, have something fantastic starting tomorrow. They are hosting The Hope Summit, a free online event, which takes place over the next ten days, featuring interviews with ten people sharing their stories of hope. I’m honored to be one of those ten!

Read more about The Hope Summit or go directly to the Registration Page. I registered yesterday and can’t wait to watch each interview.

Another quick thing. Tomorrow is the first day of Lent. If you observe Lent, you know what I’m talking about. If you have never observed Lent, and would like to learn more, or if you would simply like to add structure to your daily Bible reading, I’m following a reading plan from my friends at She Reads Truth.

You may remember last year I read through the Bible in a year with a free reading plan created by She Reads Truth.I use the app on my phone to read my daily readings. The Bible in a Year, is a free reading plan and there are numerous other free plans.

This year’s Lent reading plan is either $1.99 or $2.99, I can’t remember. As I was looking up links to write this post, I noticed you can read the daily readings for free on your computer or even have them delivered to your inbox if you prefer that format rather than on your phone.

The daily Bible reading is followed by a short devotional. This morning I read the simple explanation of the meaning of Lent to my kids as they ate breakfast. While I grew up observing Lent, they have not. I don’t intend to implement big changes, I just want to begin reflecting on this season leading up to the death and resurrection of Jesus. What does this mean for us as Christians? How can we reflect upon these days?

I didn’t want today to slip away without sharing both of those resources with you! The Hope Summit and She Reads Truth – both free blessings. Both from people I respect. Both resources enriching my life. I hope you find them helpful too.

Have a fabulous day, friend.



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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. Emily
    March 19, 2017

    Some day if you feel up to it, I would love your advice on creating connections with birth parents. Your story has pushed me to find a way to contact my children’s birth family and I’m trying to figure out how to trod carefully to create a relationship of respect – while being careful of my delicate children!

    1. Lisa Qualls
      March 20, 2017

      Emily, thank you for bringing that up. I’ll give it some thought. I love that my story has prompted you and made your heart more open.


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