"Your Mercies in Disguise"

There are so many things I don’t understand, but I know that God loves me and that even when He does not answer my prayers the way I hope He will, or in my time frame — I trust Him.  I see such a tiny part of the story, but Jesus sees it all, from the beginning to the end — so I hope, and believe, and persevere.

Thank you to my friend, Kathleen, for sharing this song and my life.

Laura Story – Blessings

…Cause what if Your blessings come through raindrops
What if Your healing comes through tears
And what if a thousand sleepless nights
Are what it takes to know You’re near
What if my greatest disappointments
Or the aching of this life
Is the revealing of a greater thirst this world can’t satisfy
And what if trials of this life
The rain, the storms, the hardest nights
Are Your mercies in disguise…

Today I am praying for each one of you who is on this journey with me.


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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. Carla
    May 29, 2011

    Thank you for sharing Lisa, just what I needed to hear. Preparing for our trip to pick up our little China jewel, leaving Saturday after a six year wait. Excited, but anxious, traveling this adoption road x2 before I know the life changes and difficulties that may come. Trying to not let it overshadow the joy the Lord wants to give through this wonderful opportunity. You have been such support and encouragement for me, I can never tell you enough. Love and blessings to you and your family.

  2. dorothy
    May 29, 2011

    This has been my theme-song for several months running. What if….the blessing comes through suffering.

    As I have watched 'What if' became 'What has' I keep going back to it……What has become my joy…joy in the the suffering, joy in the rain……joy in the journey.

  3. Giann
    May 29, 2011

    Thank you for sharing that song. Praying alongside you….

  4. learningpatience
    May 29, 2011

    I heard this song for the first time in the middle of a hurried afternoon near the beginning of my husband's deployment. I remember just sitting in the car, stunned that those words seemed reach right down into my lonely heart and begin to fill those broken bits with hope!

    "We doubt your goodness
    We doubt your love
    As is every promise from your word is not enough . . . "

    I remember thinking, "Oh, God, ooooh . . . that I would see with those eyes, that I would remember not to despair, that I would know you are loving me through all of this – this brokenness and hurt and loneliness and sadness."

    It was good. Then, after my husband returned from deployment early, we were able to see Laura Story in concert; I cried, no blubbered, while she sang this song as I held my Handsome's hand!

  5. Melodie
    May 30, 2011

    Thank you. This song perfectly summarizes the prayers that Matt and I have been wrestling with God. Thank you for sharing this!

  6. pastormacsann
    May 30, 2011

    Have been struggling with this from some time now.

  7. Sweet Pea
    May 31, 2011

    I love this song. It comes on the radio every few mornings and it speaks volumes into what our family has gone through in the past few years. Isn't Laura Story the singer whose husband developed a brain tumor early in their marriage? She is a woman who knows about suffering.

  8. Phyllis
    May 31, 2011

    My husband and I were in the car on Saturday with the younger boys and this song came on the radio. He asked me "Have you heard this song?" I said yes. We both just sat and listened to it together. Somedays it is easier to accept the truth of this song than other days…. Thanks for posting it.

  9. Michelle
    June 18, 2011



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