Adoption: It Isn’t Easy but It is Worth It

One glorious day, something insane happened and I got a smack to the face. A beautiful little baby, totally opposite of everything I knew, was handed to me. As an infant she fought me. She didn’t like to be snuggled, she wanted to be put down. She never looked me in the eyes, she was in her own world. She didn’t walk when I thought she should. She didn’t say momma or daddy until way past the time frame considered to be “normal”. . . . .

You Can Let Them Go Now, They’re Adults

BEYOND MY LIMITATIONS

As a child, I describe myself as an “old soul.”
Someone who acted older than her age. Growing up with a deaf parent I had to
“grow up” really fast. I didn’t have the typically childhood of those of my
peers being that I had to be the one who helped my mom handle business affairs.
But when I enter adulthood there were times, I grieved the loss of my
childhood. No longer could I snuggle up in my bed and my mom give me medicine
when I was sick. So much of my life’s toughest decisions I faced alone.

The world can be a cruel place. Friends forsake us,
people who we think we can count on turn their backs. Your adult children
should know that you are the one place where they can find acceptance. This
doesn’t mean we have to agree with our children’s choices; however, we…

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For the Season of Why Me

The little one's explorations are sometimes unsafe. When there is a sudden silence in the house, he can be found climbing a high chair to access items on the counter top or digging into the trash for idk what..He once reached for the burner and he sadly felt the heat. Parents of infants and toddlers…

Words are Seeds

For two years, my husband and I have been intentionally sowing seeds of affirmation in our girls. One of our adopted little girls had so much hurt even as a baby she wouldn’t look at herself in the mirror without crying. It was heartbreaking and something we absolutely refused to receive as ours, so we…

Thank You

The little one says thank you before and after he gets anything. I believe he thinks saying 'thank you' will get him anything. I am not surprised that the little one says thank you a lot. After-all, mommy and daddy say 'thank you' a lot. Thank you is not just a polite expression. It is…

Celebrating Recovery: My Dad’s Story

Did you know, this month is National Recovery Month? With his permission to share, here is a part of my dad’s story. At 11 years old, my dad went to a party full of adults. At that party a woman made the choice to stick a needle full of heroin in his arm. He worked…

Grieving Parents

While working as a healthcare specialist in the U.S. Army, I had to pre-screen patients before directing them to the doctor. I remember being briefed about a young female soldier grieving the loss of her child. I can't remember the full details surrounding the baby's death. I remember being told to be very sensitive when…

Pureflix

It's weekend already and that means more family time! If you have been looking for a fun, clean, family-friendly and inspirational entertainment platform, PUREFLIX was made for you. Knowledge is power! Pureflix is an alternative to Netflix. Click here to learn more about why Netflix's activities may not be good for your family. With Pureflix,…

Sleep is your superpower | Matt Walker

Sleep is not overrated, mommas and pappas! Take a break, ask for help, and sleep. New moms with one child, please sleep when your baby sleeps. Everything can wait. Mommas with multiple kids, please prioritize sleep/rest. If you find it difficult to sleep at night despite doing all that is recommended by the scientist/expert in this video, just talk to God about difficulty sleeping. He knows anyways. Remember Psalm 127:2 “In vain you rise early and stay up late, toiling for food to eat– for he grants sleep to those he loves.” Enjoy this ever timely post by fellow blogger Schulter @schulteretyang.com

SCHULTER ETYANG

5 min read. 20 min video.

One of my earliest blog posts was on sleep. The heading was/is, Grace and the beauty of sleep. You can read it here. I had stumbled on this truth about sleep—that within the Christian scriptures, God spoke to people in their sleep. God, very few times spoke to people who were wide awake. The message of the post was to encourage us to relax a bit. Take it easy. Go to sleep and let God do the night shift.

Sleep is a fundamental gospel truth, and this truth is a thread that runs throughout the Christian scriptures. In my earlier post, I highlighted instances of sleep and the results. For example, in the garden, when God wanted to give Adam a wife, he put him to sleep. When God wanted to give his son, Jesus, a new wife, he put him to sleep…

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Hope for Autism

This message is for you, momma feeling hopeless about your child's condition. It is okay to think I have no idea what you are dealing with. That may be true, but God knows what you are going through and He has led me to share this with you. My prayer is that these scriptures will…

No Worries, No Fear

Lately, I have been learning how to trust God and pray instead of worrying. Two days after a message in church about the importance of turning our worries/heart desires into prayer points, my family went through a minor gas fire incident at home. I captured the incident in a poem titled Flames and Fury. After…

Let it Go

1 Peter 5:7 (KJV) Casting all your care upon him; for he careth for you. This is for the intercessors standing in the gap. This is for parents burdened about the wrong choices and health of their children. This is for everyone who believes in the Lord, Jesus. Cast ALL your care upon God. Be…

Praying for your Kid’s School, Teachers and Students

There is one thing I really like about the little one's school, they use WEBCAM. So, my husband and I get to check on the little one remotely anytime. Whenever the little one cries during drop off, I quickly call my husband and ask him to check on our little one. It feels so great…

Trading in My Fears for Faith in God

As I hold our precious daughter in my arms, struggling with her elongated arms and legs sliding out of my grasp, I jiggle her up and down as I rock her to sleep to the whirring rhythm of our ceiling fan. There is a humongous mountain of unvoiced fears hovering at the back of my…

5 Creative Ways You Can Still Give Your Child A Memorable Summer On A Budget

August is here and summer break is almost over. To some moms this is great news, because it means the kids will soon be off to school and no longer complaining about how bored they are. To other moms (like me), it’s somewhat sad news. Back to school means back to hectic schedules, more restrictions…

Child Molestation, Sexual Abuse and the Culture of Silence in the Church

Nigeria, the most populous black nation in the world is finally having a discourse on the culture of rape and sexual abuse of children in the church. More details here In Nigeria, pastors are worshiped, the devil is blamed for sexual crimes, reporting rape makes life worse for the raped, families keep secrets of child…

Reblog: 3 Ways to Protect Your Family From Social Pressures

Enjoy this inspirational message by Heather Danielle. Go ahead and read if you love Joshua 24:15 But if serving the Lord seems undesirable to you, then choose for yourselves this day whom you will serve, whether the gods your ancestors served beyond the Euphrates, or the gods of the Amorites, in whose land you are living. But as…

They Hear God

Early in March, we visited grandma. After spending the day and saying a 10 minute emotional goodbye, we finally got the kids in the car. One child was having an exceptionally hard night and acting in an unusual way. We decided to take a few minutes and everyone in the car had to say one…

To Those Fathers

Happy Father's day to the grandfathers, biological fathers, adoptive fathers, step-fathers, single fathers, foster-fathers, and spiritual fathers giving fatherhood their best. We are grateful that you give your best even when it's hard. Despite your imperfection, you give us a glimpse of the perfect father, our father in heaven. Thank you for staying and loving.…

To the Nursing Fathers

A nursing father, you'd agree Biological impossibility, he may be I have come to know such an anomaly He is the father of my child, you see... . A harder working man has never crossed my sight, Though you search for him with all your might, Selfless, diligent, sweat he has sown The comfort of…

The Power of a Sandwich Picture

I snapped a photo of my adopted daughter recently and something new hit me. You see the way she is holding that sandwich? That’s how I hold a sandwich. Adoption is a funny thing. For me, identifying similarities is a blast. I love to watch my birth daughter and see my mother in law or…